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Spider's Bite: An Elemental Assassin Book

Spider's Bite: An Elemental Assassin Book [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Estep
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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After Gin’s family was murdered by a Fire elemental when she was thirteen, she lived on the streets and eventually became an assassin to survive. Now, Gin is given an assignment by her handler to rub out an Ashland businessman, but it turns out to be a trap. After Gin’s handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed her and why. Only one thing is for sure —Gin has no qualms about killing her way to the top of the conspiracy.

About the Author

By night, Jennifer Estep is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fun, sexy fantasy idea.

Jennifer currently writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The star of the series is Gin Blanco, an assassin who can control the elements of ice and stone when she’s not too busy running her barbecue restaurant, the Pork Pit. Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance books, which feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love. Titles in the Berkley series include Karma Girl (May 2007), Hot Mama (November 2007), and Jinx (September 2008).

By day, Jennifer is an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper with a broad range of journalism and media experience. She's also a certifiable fangirl and an authority on fantasy literature and culture. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

Jennifer's books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications. For more information, visit her Web site at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1934 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (26 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Elemental Assassin" series book 1 16 April 2010
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
In a new urban fantasy series, JE creates a world in which giants, vampires and dwarves mingle with humans. In the city of Ashland, betrayal is met with a knife in the back, addicts (to both narcotics and magic) litter the streets, vampire hookers drain clients dry if they refuse to pay for their pleasures whilst the police force is in the pocket of those willing to bribe them. Sitting on top of this pile of corruption and treachery is Mab Monroe, a Fire elemental believed to be the most powerful born in five centuries.

Unlike Mab, Gin Blanco lives under the raider; her persona of cook in The Pork Pit is the perfect cover for her other job as the Spider; the most feared assassin around. Despite killing for money, Gin has her own code of honour, and when her handler is brutally killed by an Air elemental she seeks revenge.

Aiding her is Donovan Caine, the only honest detective in Ashland, yet he has his own agenda; find the assassin who murdered his partner and bring them to justice. Yep this assassin is none other than Gin, yet she and Caine work in uneasy harmony to uncover the mastermind behind a variety of schemes, all of which hinge on framing Gin for a murder and then killing her. Good guy Caine certainly holds his own against his enemies, whilst his reluctant attraction to Gin is equally reciprocated and creates a steamy undercurrent as the drama and action intensifies around the pair in the final few chapters.

From the first line of this book I was hooked, as Gin calmly informs her next target exactly how long she has left to live before clinically committing the assassination and making her escape, yet the story line flagged somewhat following such an action fuelled opening.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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SPIDER'S BITE is an urban fantasy with a top notch conspiracy that fascinated me from cover to cover. From the very first page I got nonstop action and a conspiracy that unravels itself in a thrill ride that kept me expecting everything from anyone. There are already many first person POV, tough-as-nails, leading ladies out there who fight evil but Jennifer Estep managed to instantly hook me with Gin's own code of honor and her utter professionalism in her line of work. From there I got to meet the people who matter to her the most, I got to feel her pain, her determination and her humor.

The story unfolds itself on the backdrop of a fictional southern metropolis of Ashland where the Rune images proclaim someones family and power. The Rune symbolism and the importance to the characters are one of those details I crave to read in an Urban Fantasy. I didn't get an info dump but along the way I got enough for Ashland to become a vivid and energetic city that is the home to a few distinctive characters.

As written from the first person it is all about Gin. She is tough but her honor and empathy balance that in her personality. She can be deadly cold but she is also deeply committed to those she cares about. There is an interplay between revealing slivers of information from Gin's present situation as well as her past that gives a complete picture of her persona. It speaks of events from her past that shaped the driven assassin she is today.

Gin is flanked by two men; cop Donovan Caine and the son of her handler and teacher; Finnegan Lane. Finnegan is a metro-man, he loves to cloth himself in the finest there is, he is a business man, cultured, sophisticated, a charmer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My name is Gin, and I kill people. 18 July 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Best tag line ever!

Well whoa! I really didn't expect that beginning! As you can most probably tell I didn't read the blurb. But after the initial shock I soon settled into it, then quickly found myself hooked.

I didn't think I'd like Gin as much as I did. I really liked her no apologies attitude. She is what she is, and she's good at it. Even though we don't get to know much about Fletcher I still felt Gin's pain. and understood her need for revenge.

I liked Finn and I liked the close sibling-like relationship he has with Gin. I admit I got a little something in my eye when Finn hugs Gin and tell's her he thought he lost her too. I hope he sticks around in the next book. Actually, there wasn't anyone I didn't like, or that got on my nerves.

It was a great read. The pages went by unnoticed as I was that engrossed. Definitely a series to go on my favourite list. It doesn't have the humour of The Disillusionists series, but it would come a close second if I judged it based on how much I enjoyed the story :)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 10 Feb 2011
By S.K.K.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gin Blanco isn't what most people would call normal. She has magical abilities, works as an assassin and lost her family when she was a child. And still she enjoys her life and is happy.
However when a client tries to kill her and brutally murders her surrogate father Fletcher her life changes. Gin wants revenge and is willing to do everything to find out who ordered the killing. Together with Fletcher's son Finn, Detective Donovan Caine and other friends she starts the search.
Will they be able to find Fletcher's murderer and will Gin get her revenge?

I bought "Spider's Bite" some months ago and at the beginning of this week finally decided to give it a try. At first I just wanted to read some pages to get a feeling for the story however after I finished the first chapter I knew that this book would be awesome. Right from the start on I enjoyed Jennifer Estep's writing style. She managed to capture my interest, made me sympathise with her characters and I often felt like I was part of the story.
That Gin Blanco works as an assassin never bothered me. She doesn't kill because of the thrill, she kills because that's what she was teached to do and it doesn't hurt that her targets are mostly monsters. So far I read three books with assassins as the heroine/hero and all of them worked perfectly for me.
In Gin's world you have to be hard and ruthless to survive. In a world where a cruel woman rules over Gin's hometown and where dirty cops are the norm only the strongest have a chance. Gin learned the hard way that there is no justice for those without power and money.
Reading about Gin and her job was always interesting and I found her very likable. I also loved reading about her interactions with Fletcher and Finn.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I just picked this book based on other peoples reviews and it didn't let me down. It is a fast paced book, with what you want from a sci-fi book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LE
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start to an excellent urban fantasy series.
I recently read Deadly Sting not realising it was one of a series, I enjoyed it so much that it became a goal of mine to read the first set of the series. Read more
Published 8 months ago by WickedLittleImp
4.0 out of 5 stars Set Your Spidey Senses Tingling
Miss Estep is a new author to me and I came by the Elemental Assassin's series via an Amazon recommendation. I have to admit, not bad, not bad at all. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Nicky Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book has a strong lead character with Gin Blanco (aka The Spider). She has been an assassin for the last 17 years. Since she was 13. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs B's Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Some of the characters I felt let eh story down, lusting after soemone who hates you is dumb in my opinion bu the rest of the story works well.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider's Bite by Jennifer Esep
Magic, dwalfs, giants and the supernatural, my kind of books. Could not put it down. loved it and would advise others to buy.
Published 14 months ago by SAT 18
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
One of the best books I've read! You'll be hooked from the first page and downloading the next book straight after you've finished!
Published 15 months ago by Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Spider's Bite
First Line: '"My name is Gin, and I kill people." Normally my confession would have elicited gasps of surprise. Pale faces. Nervous sweat. Stifled screams. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Vikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant reading!
I loved this book, and for me it was great from the first page until the last! Slightly dark and definitely a bit more adult, this is no twee twilight romance! Thank goodness. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2012 by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pulp fiction
Lets face it Jennifer Estep is not going to win a Booker prize for this story but she sure deserves an award for a perfect piece of pulp fiction. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by PJ Rankine
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