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Spider's Bite: An Elemental Assassin Book

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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 www.jenniferestep.com.

Review:

"Bodies litter the pages of this first entry in Estep's engrossing Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In the corrupt Southern metropolis of Ashland, weather witches mingle with vampires, giants, and dwarves. A mysterious client hires assassin Gin Blanco, known as the Spider, to murder a whistle-blowing financial officer named Gordon Giles. Then the client attempts a double cross and brutally kills Gin's mentor. Now Gin, a stone elemental with a hard-boiled attitude, a closely guarded heart, and a penchant for throwing knives, has to join forces with one of the few honest cops in Ashland, sexy detective Donovan Caine, who hates her for killing his partner. Fans of Estep's humorous paranormal romances (Jinx; Hot Mama) may be taken aback by the gritty violence and steamy sex, but urban fantasy fans will love it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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.

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My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, and Poison Promise, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series are her other works. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.

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MelHay, March 31, 2012 (view all comments by MelHay)
Gin, a stone Elemental finishes a job at the asylum and returns to the Pork Pit, like after every job, to meet with Fletcher - her handler and father figure - who hands her a folder with information on her next job. A job that she doesn't want to take as she wants to go on vacation, but after seeing the obscene pay for it, she will go on vacation afterward. She is to assassinate the CFO of an important company as he's been found at playing with the books. Gin thinks the touchy part...he's an Air Elemental, but he may not be the Air Elemental she needs to be worried about. Taking this assignment quickly turns Gin into the assignment and fall guy, and brings grieving and great danger to the family she's acquired. Now the man she was to kill, she needs to save in order to save her own neck, along with the man meeting with him - the one and only cop that is on the straight and narrow, and hot looking, Donovan Caine. Will an honest cop be able to work with an assassin? Let alone the assassin who killed his partner?

This is not the dark gritty assassin read I usually read. It had a light feel to it, and a fast read. And I enjoyed it for that. It was a quick read for me to sit down, pick up, and flip the pages. A relaxing read for me. Hard to believe relaxing with an assassin. lol.

I seemed to be flying through the pages, looking to see what would happen with Gin, what would she find out, what next fight would she get into. And wanting to see the elemental magics held by her and others. Then I was worried about Finn, Fletcher's son, wondering if he would stay safe. And we can't forget about the handsome "good" cop, Donovan Caine. I wondered if he would come around to seeing the world really isn't all black and white, and Gin falls in the gray area. And what would become of them.

I really like the elemental magic here. Being a Stone Elemental Gin can feel all the emotions ~ good and bad from stone; roads, walls, and so on. But she has a touch of Ice Elemental too. There are different elementals and degrees to their powers, as we see through the book. This city Gin calls home, isn't such a happy place, and by the end of the book we start to understand that feeling more.


The first chapter starts with Gin on a job, and hints at what all this world has to hold for us. And starts us out with action, Gin at her best work - killing with a screw and a pen. We then slow down for a few pages to meet Fletcher, see more of the world, and get hints to Gin's past. The hints make us curious to know more.


In the end, I got most of my answers. I say most as the ending leaves me stunned with what Gin finds Fletcher had a file on. A file that references Gin's past, which he pieced together and still loved Gin wholly. I have the second book here, and look forward to following through with Gin to learn more about her, her past family, and keeping an eye out for Donovan. And there is a tie to that Fire Elemental, Queen Mobstress I'm wondering on too.

I got the feel of much more to come, that ties with who we have learned about here in this book.
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Romalnie, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Romalnie)
I really really enjoyed this book. Definitely easy to read in the sense that once you start reading it you don't want to stop. This series is set in a world like our own if we lived along side dwarfs, elemantals, vampires and the like in the town of Ashland.Gin is a trained assassin, nicknamed the spider because she will take her time to figure out a hit. She is also loyal to a good cast of friends. Gin is an elemental with both stone and ice magic but she does not like to rely on her magic for her work instead preferring knives. There is a love interest but it is not a book that is driven by the romance. That is to say she may obsess over him here and there for a paragraph or a page, instead allowing Gin's loss of her handler and everything tied to that move the story along. She a "bad guy" you will love to cheer for.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439147979
Author:
Estep, Jennifer
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Subject:
best fantasy; ilona andrews; jim butcher; Tennessee; assassin; elementals; magic; gin; runes
Subject:
best fantasy; ilona andrews; jim butcher; Tennessee; assassin; elementals; magic; gin; ru
Subject:
nes
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Elemental Assassin
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 6.93 oz

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Product details 432 pages Pocket Books - English 9781439147979 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bodies litter the pages of this first entry in Estep's engrossing Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In the corrupt Southern metropolis of Ashland, weather witches mingle with vampires, giants, and dwarves. A mysterious client hires assassin Gin Blanco, known as the Spider, to murder a whistle-blowing financial officer named Gordon Giles. Then the client attempts a double cross and brutally kills Gin's mentor. Now Gin, a stone elemental with a hard-boiled attitude, a closely guarded heart, and a penchant for throwing knives, has to join forces with one of the few honest cops in Ashland, sexy detective Donovan Caine, who hates her for killing his partner. Fans of Estep's humorous paranormal romances (Jinx; Hot Mama) may be taken aback by the gritty violence and steamy sex, but urban fantasy fans will love it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
My name is Gin, and I kill people.

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South — when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I'm out for revenge. And I'll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I'm still one of the bad guys. Which is why I'm in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I'm battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction...especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

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