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

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Elemental Assassin #1
Jennifer Estep
Urban Fantasy
Pocket Books
January 26th 2010


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.


Spider’s Bite is book one in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

Well Dang! I should have picked up this seres sooner. I was entranced by the first page and couldn’t put Spider’s Bitedown. I devoured the book. That opening scene, WOW.

Spider’s Bite starts with a thrilling ride and doesn’t let up. Their are so many twists and turns, and ups and downs that you can’t help, but be sucked into the story.

The magical system is complex and quite interesting. I like how it’s set up and can’t wait to dig deeper. The setting is cool and the supporting cast where amazing. We are just getting to meet Gin’s adopted brother Finnegan and the dwarves sisters Jo Jo and Sophia. I really enjoyed meeting them and can’t wait to dive back into the world and see what happens next.

Gin; dang that girl is hard core. I really liked her. She’s complex, yet still a women, a women who can kick-ass and has a code that she lives by. She’s had a dark childhood and it’s given her a wry sense of humor. Her reality is often bleak, but Estep gives it a powerful unforgettable beauty.

I really felt for the cast and felt they where real. I love it when an author makes me feel like the characters are real people and I’m being sucked into their lives.

Spider’s Bite is a non-stop action-packed adventure. It’s pure Urban Fantasy. I highly recommend this book/series to fans who like Urban Fantasy that feature a kick ass woman who has way too many knives and knows how to use them.

Rated: 5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

22 comments on “Review: Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin #1) by Jennifer Estep

  1. Yea! I’m so glad you are enjoying it! The first five books are a strong story arc, and then things get a big shake up. It feels like I’ve been reading this series forever. It has stayed pretty fresh throughout. I hope you continue to enjoy it.
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    • I’m hooked. Each book has pulled me in and the story ARC is amazing. I love a strong heroine and the secondary characters are awesome too. Really good so far in what I’ve read and I can’t wait pick up the next one. Thank’s for visiting, Jen.

  2. I have meant to start this series a few times and got distracted. It was one of those things where I knew I’d love it, but didn’t feel a pressing need to grab it yet. Yay to see it started with a five-star for you, Angela!

    • I was in the same boat as you Sophia. I kept meaning to try it especially with everyone suggesting series and saying I’d love it. They where not wrong. Thank’s for visiting.

  3. I read this some time ago and loved it. Turned around and grabbed a few more in the series. And then they got buried in the stacks. I really want to pull them out and get started again.
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    • I say pull them out and get back to reading them. I’ve loved the ones I’ve read so far and keep requesting them from my library after I finish one. I like the characters. Gin is great. Thank’s for visiting.

  4. I love this series!! Started it one or two years back and wound up binge reading it haha

    • It’s a great series and I’m binge reading it. Thank’s for stopping in.

  5. Excellent review angela!!! Loved it!! I’m putting this in my tbr gr list!! Ty! Shared on all my socials!!??

    • So glad you enjoyed my review. This series became a fast favorite. I can’t recommend it enough. ^_^

  6. Yes I love this series. I’m behind, back on book 10 I think. Great review! Anne – Books of My Heart
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    • Glad you enjoyed my review. I’m only at book 4, so I’ve got a ways to go, but loving every minute.

  7. I did read the first one years ago but I don’t remember the story. I should re read it and I have some others so well. One day!
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    • One day… I know the feeling. So many books to try out and so little time. I hope you enjoy whenever you get around to re-reading. Thank’s for visiting.

  8. Thank you for this review! I have not yet read her books. I do have her on my list of authors to be read though. I loved this review.

    • You are welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the review and I hope whenever you do try this series, you enjoy. I’ve got her new book Kill The Queen to read and try too. I’m hooked on Estep writing and this series. Totally in love. ^_^

  9. I have this and its another series I intend to go through. I need to finish up Harry Dresden first.
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    • I’ve been meaning to try this series for years. Many bloggers have been recommended it. I’ve finally did it and am in love. I’m also working on Harry Dresden too. Both are wonderful series to read or listen too. Thank’s for visiting Kimberly.

  10. Oh you picked up a great series! I love this one. It always sucks me in and puts me on a thrill ride. The fight scenes are the best. I’m always left with just a hint of doubt and that always freaks me out and keeps me reading to make sure Gin and her friends are ok. This is such a great series!
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    • I agree with you on all of it. So much fun!!!

  11. I’m glad you started this series. It is one that I really enjoy. The characters in the story are pretty fun. I can’t wait to read your thoughts as you catch up on this long running series.
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    • It’s going to take some time to get caught up, but I’m working on it for Elemental Assassins and Harry Dresden. This series is a fast favorite.