Review: Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin #1) by Jennifer Estep


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 cold hearted 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. (via Goodreads)

My Review:

This series is wicked awesome. I picked this book up, read it in one sitting, and ended up reading the next two books in the series the next day. Needless to say, they’re hard to put down.

One thing that I appreciate about the series overall is that Estep doesn’t immediately lay all her cards out on the table. When you read this book, you meet Gin and find out about her life as an assassin and the people that are a regular part of her world – but Estep definitely leaves a few tricks up her sleeve to be pulled out in later books.

The plot is extremely fast-paced and there isn’t a lot of downtime when there isn’t action going down. Gin does have strong and immediate feelings for Detective Donovan, who, I don’t mind telling you, I wish would jump off the nearest cliff. He is way too weak-minded and ridiculous for Gin. (Really…who doesn’t think assassins are hot? *rolls eyes* Law abiding citizens. What a drag.) The other characters that Gin frequently interacts with are incredibly creative and original – I loved meeting them as well.

When Gin finds out that the contract she was carrying out was actually a double cross, and someone close to her is brutally killed…it is ON. Payback is a bitch, and so is Gin. As details of the people out to get her unfold, so do pieces of the world Jennifer Estep has created. The magical system is really cool – the elemental base reminds me of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.

So…romance (even though the guy sucks), action, magic and solid side characters? This book has it all, and is an absolutely fantastic introduction to a fabulous series!

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) December 22, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Great review! This is a series that surprised me with its awesomeness. & I agree 110% about Donovan. Didn’t like him at all. I’m a Finn fan 🙂

  • Shannon@BooksDevoured December 22, 2010, 11:58 pm

    That seems to be the general consensus on Caine! I reviewed this book and loved it too. Another Blogger commented and said the same thing! Love the book, hate Caine! Im a Finn fan too!

  • Tara SG (25 Hour Books) December 23, 2010, 6:21 am

    I won this about a year ago and still haven't read it. What am I waiting for?!

    Moving it up on my TBR. Thanks for the great review!!

    Tara SG – 25 Hour Books


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