Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin #1)


Author: Jennifer Estep
Published: January 26, 2010
Pages: 395

Stars: 1 out of 5


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.


I’m really disappointed in this book. So here is Gin, the spider, who is some kick ass assassin who doesn’t appear to have any weakness. I never thought I would say this but her character is dry! The way she thinks drives me crazy. Not only does her inner monologue continually repeat the same concept over and over but she’s boring! Gin thinks of what she wants to do and once the decision is made, then she accomplishes the goal without much struggle if any. For example: Donovan Caine. No, it’s never just Donovan, she always refers to him as Donovan Caine. So she decides she wants to sleep with him and then she does. As if it was that easy. The idea of the book was really interesting but I couldn’t get past the writing style and Gins character. Im all about strong characters but Gin was almost masculine.

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