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(Elemental Assassin #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  21,387 ratings  ·  905 reviews
What kind of assassin works pro bono?

It’s hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family. Which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need i
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published September 17th 2010)
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Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of this series
It is a truth universally acknowledged that...

- Gin Blanco, aka The Spider, professional assassin, always carries at least five silverstone knives on her at all times: two up her sleeves, two down her boots and one in the small of her back;

- Finnegan Lake drinks a lot of chicory coffee and the supposed caffeine content does not affect him;

- the symbol for Northern Aggression is a heart with an arrow through it;

- Mab Monroe's rune is ruby with wavy rays all around;

- Gin Blanco's eyes are grey whe
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4.35 ***

Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts over at BB&B, because we are bloodthirsty and love Gin's violent assassin ways (a direct quote from my buddy Jo) !!!

Loved it much, much better than the previous 2 books! Hope it keeps going in the same direction... Now I am on my way to Ashville, literally, and have to jump on the road... RTC soon, hopefully...
Robin (Bridge Four)
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, uf-pnr
Sometimes there are tag lines in a TV show, book series or movie for a set of characters that really work and you look forward to seeing them or hearing them. For Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series it was “There is always another secret” and for Heroes it was “Save the Cheerleader. Save the World” and Highlander’s “There can be only one.” I wish I could say the Estep accomplishes this too…but while she has a ton of repetition and things that could be tag linesk none of them are endearing to me ...more
3.5 Not as good as the previous one, but still great!

Ok, so Gin is still an assassin, she still kicks ass and she still has that great personality and humor that I love (and most people hate).

This book was a bit annoying though 'cause the author kept writing the same thing over and over again. I mean, I read about why Finn drinks that coffee at least 4 times just in this book. I get that most people read this over time (not in 2 days) and they need to be reminded of stuff from time to time, but
Kat Kennedy
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I've finished the series now and there's nothing more to say except that the quality has remained, Gin is still badass but going kind of soft and heroic and I love Owen.

I only complaint is that Estep has this annoying habit of recaping things that she's never written about. Particularly Donovan and Gin's relationship.

Imagine if you read a story like Water for Elephants where Jacob joins the circus, falls in love, marries and has children. Then you read the sequel and Jacob starts off th
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Things are hotting up! I'm glad the detective's out and Owen Grayson is in - a much healthier dynamic for our Gin. Estep does have some catch phrases which in the first book especially I found quite annoying, but as I get further in the series, the more they become a part of the charm of the book- for now anyway. I'm even warming up to Finn, who up til now has been my least favourite of the main characters. A very enjoyable dose of urban fantasy brain candy!
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

18/05/2016 Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts over at BB&B because we are bloodthirsty and love Gin's violent assassin ways

“I’m just wondering how exactly I went from being the Spider to the Robin fucking Hood of the greater Ashland area. Three months ago, I was killing people for money. Lots of money. Buckets of it. Now, tell me a good sob story instead and I’ll take care of all your problems for free. Instead of stealing from the rich, I’m stabbing them to death for the poor.”

With ever

Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with my fellow UF addicts at BB&B.

This is what I was waiting for. Getting so caught up in the book that I can't put it down. Sure it took three books to get here but the important thing is that it did. Because I would have been pissed otherwise. I read for that feeling of being so high on the story that I crave the next page like a drug. For that alone I usually give a 5 star rating. However, I had to knock a star from Venom because of a few minor problems. I know myself so I know th
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
What can I say except that I’ve got a new favorite Urban Fantasy series.

Venom was action-packed, exciting, suspenseful, mysterious, and full of family. The plot thickens and their is no rest for Gin and gang.

Gin - She’s kick-ass. I love her character. I like digging deeper into her family history and learning more. In, Venom, Gin is starting to dream more about the day her family died. We learn a little bit more about that night, the night her life ended. Fletcher, her adoptive father, was up t
Another great entry into the life and times of one Gin Blanco.

Good character development, nice setting up of future plots, relationship growth on both the romance and family front... overall, a really fun book.
J. D Wenzel
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Pippa DaCosta
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s good, solid UF, but I’m not sure I can stick around for 17 books and counting...
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Initial reaction (upon finishing): Rock ON! That's how it's freakin done.

This was an absolutely fantastic addition to the Elemental Assassin series. I just don't know where to start. But I'll say this: Venom is a very pivotal book, placing Gin in the position of finally being able to address (and do something about) her family's torture and murder. I would not recommend beginning the series here (rather, first check out Spider's Bite and then Web of Lies). Technically the main plot arc is self-c
Cheryl La Pa
4.5 stars. So good! It is getting better with each book. Gin is such a mixed bag - tough on the outside but so soft on in the inside, and her 'family' are the glue that keeps her together. I must admit that I was much more interested in Gin's relationship with Bria and Owen (he is so hot and much more suited to Gin than Donovan) than I was with the happenings with Mab Monroe and Elliot Slater. My only gripe is the repetitiveness of events in previous books which I tend to skip over. I am reading ...more
Maybe I shouldn't have read this one immediately after reading the second in the series, but this book annoyed the crap out of me by the end of it. It was too repetitious. I wish the author would have given the reader some credit and didn't feel the need to constantly feed us the same thing over and over and over again. I got it the first few times. Yes, Gin is a semi-retired assassain. Yes, she feels guilty for the predicament that Rosilyn is in. Yes, Mab Monroe is the Fire elemental who tortur ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Can this series get any better?

I swear each book is taken to a new level and I fall harder for Gin, Finn, Sophia, Jo-Jo, Owen (oh my hotness Owen!), and all the others that have made appearances in this book and series.

The action is better, the romance steamier, the friendship more solid, the kick butt-ness more kick butt get the idea. Just when I think I couldn't love this series more Estep ups the anty and it is.

This really is a series that is just getting better with time and one o
Gin Blanco is ready to quit skulking in the shadows and declare war on the criminals who are worse than she is. That’s right, our assassin main character is done being the patient Spider and is ready to deal with the Big Bad that is controlling everyone in her town of Ashland. She begins small, by trying to protect Finn’s vampire lady friend from a large, aggressive stalker (who is, of course, one of the triumvirate who holds the town hostage).

Gone is a lot of the annoying repetition of certain
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
After the third book its official, I am a fan. The only problem I have with it is that it is a bit repetitive. You almost don't need to read the previous books because the current book tells you everything that happened. I chucking it to the fact that the series is in it's early stages and the author is trying to save us the hassle of trying to remember the previous book but I sincerely hope it's not a recurring theme cos that would suck.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
So what seemed to be a minor quibble in the last instalment is turning into something quite annoying. What am I talking about? The constant repetitions: phrases, turns of phrases, names, events… The narrative is polluted by them. Gin keeps saying she is “the assassin the Spider,” that Mab killed her mother and older sister (yes yes we got that part), she keeps describing her spider rune and explaining its meaning, keeps repeating she takes her little white pills (and that condoms are extra prote ...more

Venom is the third book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. I enjoy these books for the most part, especially the author’s imaginative world building. I love how the author has created a world filled with humans, giants, dwarfs, vampires, and practitioners of elemental magic. This world is set in the city of Ashland, a corrupt city where most of the city officials and the police force are under the control of Mab Monroe and her cronies.

In this installment, Gin is enjoying her retired
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
****************Re-read July 2015****************
Beth The Vampire
This book made me realise how much I love Urban Fantasy. I love the idea of magic and paranormal in the everyday. Maybe it’s because recently I have been reading so many ‘realist’ books for Uni I forgot about how much I love this genre. Which is also good because for a while there I was falling into a bit of a reading slump, which is now dead and buried in the cold hard ground.

Coughing, sneezing, aching, wheezing. That was me. Gin Blanco. Restaurant owner. Stone and Ice elemental. Former assassi
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"To the public, I’m Gin Blanco, owner of Ashland’s best barbecue joint. To my friends, I’m the Spider, retired assassin."

I strongly suggest you read this series in order. It shortly introduces some things you may have missed in previous novels, but it's not enough to know exactly what's going on and to appreciate the characters growth and relationships.

Gin Blanco will never truly be retired, but it's for the best..she really does shine when in her element. Jennifer Estep is a fantastic storytel
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****Review will contain mild spoilers if you are not update on the series.****

Ok the awesomeness of this series just gets better with each book. Each book in the Elemental Assassins series has its own plot with a bigger picture plot surrounding the murder of Gin’s mother and older sister. Things keep building as Gin finds out more about that night and about her later handler, Flecter.

Gin is still mourning her handler and foster father, Fletcher. She is also having a hard time with her love life.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Gin's still trying to settle into retirement but how can she do that when her friends need her? Turns out Roslyn the vampire is having problems with Mab's giant, Elliot Slater, and since Gin feels responsible, she can't say no.

I loved how things are all starting to come together. The "family" is really meshing well, Bria's in the picture, Gin's love life took a turn for the better AND Gin's finally making her move against Mab ~ and what a move it was!

Gin is her fabulous self and I like that sh
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of kick ass heroines + magical elements
Gin Blanco is a (sort of retired) assassin who's life is blowing wide open. Truths revealed, new possibilities forming, and a whole lot of action going on.

I LOVE this series. I love that it's dark and gritty and that Gin sees herself as this hard shell of a woman when the reality is that she's fierce and loyal and protects those she cares for or makes promises to. It's not sunshine and roses here in assassin land, but I really liked that this book shows us Gin opening up a bit, her circle expand
Why have I been neglecting to read this series?! This installment was enough to bump Gin Blanco to my list of favorite series. Full review coming.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Gin's story continues where we left off in the previous book, with her retired from her lucrative assassin's career, yet still utilizing her skills, only this time to help people.

In this part, she is dealing with the ripples her actions in the previous book cost, namely, the vampire Roslyn coming to the attention of Elliot Slater, the big bad Mab Monroe's pet goon. Elliot is a psycho who is stalking Roslyn, who is reaching the end of her rope, and Gin, who feels guilty for her role in the situat
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better. I can't believe how emotionally invested I've become in Gin Blanco. I've said it before, Gin and I could be besties. I admire most everything about her - her grit, courage, intelligence, passion, tenacity, mad skills, and mostly her deep and abiding care she has for the people she loves. I find this book emotional and darn frustrating because they are going to take that one issue and extended to the next book. Please, please, let this issue get resolved s ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Such great characters! I really love Gin and the host of secondary characters in her world. There is a bit too much rehashing of previous books and I still don't believe she would have fallen for Donovan so hard, so quickly that she's still rehashing his leaving. It was good to see her seem to finally put that behind her and move forward. A lot happens in this book and I love the way the overall plot is moving. Can't wait for the next one.
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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and lo

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Elemental Assassin (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2)
  • Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4)
  • Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)
  • By a Thread (Elemental Assassin, #6)
  • Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin, #7)
  • Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin, #8)
  • Heart of Venom (Elemental Assassin, #9)
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