Review: Spider's Bite - by Jennifer Estep ★★★★

Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)
Spider's Bite - by Jennifer Estep
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book five in the Elemental Assassin series
Publication Date: January 2010
ISBN: 978-1439147979
Page Count: 432
My Rating: ★★★★

Summary

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.

REVIEW


I ended up really enjoying this book. I say "ended up" because for the first 50 pages or so I was a little bit worried I wasn't going to like it at all. I'd read a really positive review on it, and I was looking forward to reading it, especially since it would provide a change from vampires and werewolves for a bit (even the most die-hard urban fantasy fan needs a change from time to time!). So it could be a case of expecting too much on my part, perhaps. I admit I was kind of expecting to find a five star book to add to my list of all-time favourite series after the gushing review I'd read. Well... it's not up there yet, but by the end of the book, it had moved up in the world (or, at least, in my world) from a 3 star to a 4 star book.

The main character is Gin. I would perhaps not describe her as the most personable/friendly/outgoing main character you could meet, but you wouldn't really expect that of someone who has been an assassin for 17 years and is used to working alone in the shadows. Her occupation has made her a patient observer in life, much like the Spider she gets her assassin nickname from.

She isn't a completely cold-hearted bitch as you might expect either, though. She has a sense of humour that, if she had any other kind of job I'm sure you would get to see more often. She's pretty cool under pressure to say the least - a bit of a badass, in fact. And seems to be very good at what she does. The stabbity death stuff.

There's potential here for a romance plot line, albeit a very tricky one. Because there's an attraction to an extremely good, straight-laced detective called Donovan Caine, who, no matter how much he might try to, can't come to terms with, or in any way accept the fact that Gin kills people for a living. Talk about a relationship obstacle. I'm not sure how this is going to work out, but I'm eager to read more to find out.

4 stars! ★★★★

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