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 mak ...more
So here's the thing about ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN: it's a great urban fantasy series.
It really is.
The magic system is complex and interesting, the setting is cool, the secondary characters are sympathetic and easy to connect with, and Gin . . . well, Gin is a stone-cold killer (HA!).
That being said, this first installment (like so many others) has a few problems.
BUT. With a very few exceptions, most of the things that bug me about Gin (or ...more
It still draws a helluva lot of inspiration from Buffy. And who wouldn't? Buffy was hot. Buffy was funny. Buffy kicked arse.
Thankfully Estep's main character, Gin, isn't that funny but she does kick a lot of arse. Often and without all that pesky remorse that most other female protagonists are forced to endure by their cruel creators.
Because remorse is like an STD, folks, you get it by getting cl ...more
A buddy read with the Urban Fantasy fans at BB&B!
This is a story of a girl who lost her family young, lived on the streets, met a nice family who took her in and trained her to become an assassin. And she has powers, in a world where some people are born with an ability to perform magic by controlling the elements. Gin, our hapless assassin, has control over stone, with some affinity to ice magic. However, while going about doing her job killing people, she prefers to rely on her ...more
Yep, it's that good. I have to give the book points for seriously putting out every cheesy line and stereotype that could possibly be used in this story. We had the bad-ass assassin girl who was out on the streets as a kid until a kind-hearted assassin took her in and trained her to kill. Now, she is the most feared assassin around and kills without regret. But, only people who deserve to be ki ...more
Female Assassin....I'm totally in.
My favorite thing about this book was the fact Gin was a pretty sexually aggressive woman who wasn’t even close to the near virginal heroine that I usually see in a UF series. I appreciate that because while I usually don’t mind that trope so much it is refreshing to have a woman who is really secure in her sexuality running around no matter if we need to read about how wet her who-ha is on multiple occa ...more
This is a case of it-isnt-the-book-its-me.
This book is badass and awesome, but I seriously don't feel like reading it.
Reading this bc Tweebs is trash and she's on my ass about it. :P
I don't really read Urban Fantasy, but I'm hoping this one turns out awesome !
Gin Blanco is known as The Spider, a female assassin. She is extremely good at her job and is well compensated for her skills. Gin has standards, a kind of moral code. She does not ...more
Every one and their mother should read this series. Why?? There's no WHY because YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON THIS BEAUTIFUL ASS SERIES !!
No, seriously this series will slay your existence. For real, I've read all 14 books and DAMN JUST DAMN WHAT IS LIFE? WHAT AM I? WHAT ARE YOU? WHAT IS WHAT?
Okay, I'll be honest when I say that suck at convincing people to do shit so, either read this or read this. I don't care like IT BETTER ME SOME TIME IN YOUR LIFE GUYS. I'll probably be pr ...more
Okay, let me start with the good ones: (1) The story is set in the "present" world; some of the people have extraordinary talent, magical talent, based on one of the elementals: Fire, Ice, Stone, and Air. It makes it easy to follow because there are no big jargons/words or complicated structure of magical worlds (2) The story is kind of fast-paced of a whodunit plot; someone is killed, our heroine is being bertrayed, her handler is killed, and the whole story is about her finding out th ...more
Gin makes a perfect urban fantasy heroine though. She is sarcastic, tough as nails and kicks major butt. I liked her no bullshitting around/ frank attitude (in both knowing her ...more
What the book description fails to mention is that Spider’s Bite has nothing to do with assassins. At least not my version of an assassin. Jennifer Estep just went on and on with how sexy and deadly Gin is, but never proved it. The deadly part of course. I don’t care about how hot anyone is in the book as long as I get a cool story. In our case, a cool assassin- ...more
- Gin is a true badass.
- Elemental magic is awesome.
- Fletcher and Finn and her whole crew are great people.
- Once the story got going, I liked the mystery aspect.
- Clunky, repetitive writing.
- The characters are constantly referred to by their full names, which I found annoying.
- The sex seemed really out of place (maybe that was just me)
- But seriously, that's the thing I wasn't impressed about in the beginning.
(view spoiler)[I mean, she gets caught be ...more
Good news, not the case here. There is a "touch" of something that will bother some but it's more incidental that a romance usually is. Instead of a "love interest" here we have a "lust interest". Each time our protagonist sees the "subordinate male protagonist" she stops ...more
No matter how bad people were, no matter what evil they committed, or who they fucked over, nobody ever really believed death was coming for them, courtesy of an assassin like me.
Until it was too late.
There are two words for why you must read this book: FEMALE ASSASSIN.
Yip, a kick-ass knife wielding heroine, who doesn’t take s#$t from anyone. My kind of girl.
Gin Blanco, known as the Spider, is an assassin. She is also a stone elemental. Elementals can create, control and manipulate ice, sto...more
So, when I started reading this, I expected the same old PNR, the detectives, the cases, the "superpowers" and so on. And you know what? It was exactly like that.
What did surprise me though was the story. I liked the mystery from this book. And I also appreciated the fact that the assassin wasn't that squishy little girl, who was good but had no other choice but to become a killer. Nope, "Spider" actually liked what she did. Ok, true, she only killed bad ...more
My name is Gin, and I kill people
Without long introductions, Spider's Bite throws us right into action as we witness Gin, the protagonist, on an assignment to eliminate Evelyn, a shrink in Ashland Asylum with dark secrets and we get a glance at Gin's working methods.
Then Gin is double-crossed on her next suspiciously lucrative and easy assignment and her handler is brutally tortured and killed.
Now she is out for revenge.
The story is set in Ashland, a city ...more
Well, about Spider’s Bite. I think what I liked more about the book is the idea of a female ...more
If you are enamoured of urban fantasy, as I am, I would recommend this book to you. If, on the other hand, you find UF tiresome, pass this series by. For those of us who enjoy the genre, this is an acceptable series, with a number of good ideas.
Good ideas: (1) A female assassin. With magical powers, although s ...more
It was hard for me to connect with Gin. I had a hard time respecting her (view spoiler)[ She slept with Donovan Caine when he was obviously disgusted with her and her profession. Worse that she did it after seeing guilt in his eyes every time he desired her. His opinion might have changed if she told him why she killed his partner(he molested and raped girls! ...more
Okay, this book was good. Really good.
I don't know what I was expecting really, but the blurb sounded good, so why not give it a go. Also I was completing this as part of the Serious Overload of Series 2017 series read.
Gin is an assassin, and a very good one at that. She is known by the name Spider, but most don't think that a girl could be capable of the death that follows this assassin around. Their mistake really. As well as being a skilled killer for hire, G ...more
I liked the setting: a city in the hand of a powerful and ruthless woman and magic. There are giants, dwarves, vampires but the most fascinating creatures have their own magic which is influenced by an element (Fire, Air, Ice and Stone), even if they do not all possess the same skills in handling it. The non-human creatures are not invincible and irresistible, they're more or less ordinary people, each of them struggling to live their lives in this dark place. We don't know why the wor ...more
I liked the unconventional, humane assassin that features as the protagonist in this story. It's a credit to the author's skill that she can create and pull off a character that,while believable and true to her profession's nature,can incite sympathy and respect in the reader.
Gin is smart,sarcastic, tough-as-nails,ruthless and unapologetic,but not the standard of catty know-it-all that seems to plague the g ...more
I finished this weekend. I enjoyed the story - an insight into an assassin and how she became one and what drives her. Strong female protagonist is always welcome. I wasn't too keen about the romance - I just didn't buy it, but everything else was believable. And the climax was just right! For those following my reviews, you know I'm always complaining about the endings and how they're rushed or unb ...more
Spider’s Bite starts with a thrill ride that you find yourself riding through out the whole book. Like all great roll coasters there are not just ups and downs but there are a few loopy-de-loops and twists and turns just like the plot of this excellent Urban Fantasy tale that Estep was crafted.
If you are a fan of the Urban Fantasy genre then you know that they can be dark and gritty, some more than others. ...more
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THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES
The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy battling bad guys and righting wron ...more