An Elemental Assassin Book
By Jennifer Estep
Published by: Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: January 26, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book 1 in a series
Source: Personal Paperback copy
My Rating: **** 4 of 5 Stars
Blurb From Publisher:
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 1 in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. I have seen this book around for awhile, and finally got the chance to read it. I am happy to report, I was not disappointed! Gin Blanco is my type of heroine, she’s tough, magical, sensual, and proud of who she is. She is an assassin, not a CIA sanctioned assassin, she’s a stone-cold contract killer. I love her character, she brought herself up from tragedy, with the help of her handler, Fletcher. In Spider’s Bite, Gin is out to avenge the heinous murder of her handler, with the help of a straight-laced cop who hates her guts.
I really like the world in Spider’s Bite. This world is full of magical beings, elementals, giants, dwarfs, and vampires, who interact regularly with humans and don’t hide their existence. Cops are mostly crooked, and the strongest elementals run the show. In addition to the world created, I also enjoyed the supernatural aspects of Spider’s Bite. The book is more magic based, with runes and elemental power (fire, ice, stone, and air). There is not a lot of romance in this book, but there are some pretty hot moments (hopefully more in the future…), giving the book a touch of spice.
In Spider’s Bite, tantalizing characters, an interesting world, and a fresh perspective on the supernatural come together to create a very promising urban fantasy series. So, Urban Fantasy fans, give this book a try, it is a Book Savvy Babe recommendation!