An Elemental Assassin Book
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date published: January 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Self-Purchase
Gin Blanco is the most feared assassin in the south. Known as the Spider, she is also an elemental, a person who can wield the elements, in this case Stone and Ice are her magic. When a ruthless Air Elemental double crosses her, Gin is ready to deliver her brand of revenge-one body at a time. By her side is friend and pseudo-brother Finn and Detective Donovan Caine, the most upright, moral man alive in Ashland and also one Gin wants with every fiber of her body. It’s kill or be killed and Gin is determined to figure out what the heck is going on because if she doesn’t it is lights out for her and her allies.
SPIDER’S BITE is the introduction to assassin Gin Blanco and the town of Ashford. Jennifer Estep delivers an action packed story that will blow you away from the get-go. I couldn’t put this book down and was drawn to the adventures of Gin, Finn and her allies/enemies until the wee hours of the morning. Tight writing, excellent characters and world building that had me breathless are all wrapped up within the pages of SPIDER’S BITE.
Meet Gin Blanco, orphaned after her family was murdered and left for dead, Gin managed to survive and was taken in by Fletcher, she grew up to become the most feared assassin in the south. Gin takes a job that looks, on paper, very simple but as in such cases, turns extremely difficult, if not downright deadly, when she is double crossed by her client. Danger, near death misses and mystery surround whoever is after Gin and why is the million dollar question. Revenge is in her eyes and she is determined to end this game before any more of her loved ones die. I loved Gin. She was sassy, patient and vulnerable as well as independent. Besides she can make a mean sandwich as well. She is a character I fell in love with from the moment she stepped onto the pages of SPIDER’S BITE. She didn’t do her job because she liked it, was for any cause or ideal but because she was good at it. It was a job-period and one that made her some good money. She was tough, cold and determined but she had a softer side with those she was close to-her family and few close friends. Add in some amazing secondary characters-good and bad- that kept the story flowing smoothly.
SPIDER’S BITE is one awesome kick-off to a new and exciting series that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat, eager to see what would happen next. If you haven’t picked up SPIDER’S BITE, I highly recommend you run to grab it. Jennifer Estep hit a home run with this new book and I am eager to see what is next for Gin in future books.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.