The Elemental Assassin series drew me in quickly, & since getting this book a few weeks ago I've gotten so hooked I'm now on the last book! While this isn't really a work of complex, deep meaning or earth-shattering literature, it is a great series - engaging and fun. Spider's Bite provides the groundwork for the series.. develops each of the characters just enough and tells their histories as relevant to the current situation. Action packed, with bits of humor, some
Spider, because she is a tough, strong female who, despite all the unspeakable things she's had to do manages to still maintain good, admirable qualities. I like Fletcher too, & although he's not the main character, he seems to have a past interesting enough that his story could become a series of its own as well!
hmm.. probably the scene where Gin/Spider recalls when she first came in contact with the guy who would take her in, raise her and serve as her mentor. Although, it's hard to pick just one favorite scene, as they all seem to flow into each other well enough that they're all really equally good and well-written.
I highly recommend this series.. especially if you enjoy authors such as Charlaine Harris, Molly Harper, Seanan Maguire.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I have been looking at this title for a few years. Finally I purchased it in a sale. I am hooked on the series now. The author has a good sense of humor. No time is wasted on tangent information. And the story moved right along. I will definitely be buying the rest the series. Thank you Audible for making titles like this available at a lower price. I would never have tried this series if it hadn't been on sale.
This book is a joy - the narrator is skillful and her characterisations believable, her voice and intonation suit the main character, and draw you quickly into the story. The story is fast moving and action packed - I almost found myself sitting in the car just to find out what was going to happen next! The paranormal aspects of the story were believable and almost normal - nothing was over the top. I cant wait to listen to the next books in the series!
Loved this series, got all four audio books at once and was done in 3 days, I just couldn't stop listening. Lauren Fortgang was a wonderful narrater, I loved her voice, make the book easy to listen too.
Good storyline, lots of visual words, which some don't like, but I do, it adds to the story for me..
Hoping for book 5 sooooooon...
I am a 46 year old woman who works at a Life Insurance Company and I love to listen to books to make my days go by faster.
I automatically loved Gin and the charactars that were brought in. I was entranced through all of the books. I know they all came out at once, but I would love another book to come on out.!!!! Best one of my reads since J.R. Ward's Brothers of the black daggarhood.
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Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series has been on my to-be-read list for what seems like forever. I FINALLY put my foot down and decided that enough is enough; the time for procrastination is over! It's time to see what all of the fuss is about. And I must say, it was love at first sight read. I instantly connected with Lauren Fortgang as the narrator and I absolutely LOVED Gin Blanco! This book has a lot going for it in that it's not your typical Urban Fantasy tale. The heroine isn't your run of the mill vampire slayer but an actual assassin for hire. She doesn't make distinctions between preternatural breeds; Gin is an equal opportunity killer, for the right price, of course. This was my first encounter with "elemental" magic and I really enjoyed the change of pace. Spider's Bite is a non-stop adrenaline rush with plenty of deep fried, macabre humour to keep you smiling.
I haven't enjoyed discovering an author's universe this much in a long, long time. I loved navigating Estep's world and uncovering its secrets. The focus of this series is obviously on the elementals but readers also get to meet tons of other paranormals along the way. It was interesting to see how the various supes interact with each other and with the regular human population. Jennifer does a good job of explaining the various types of elementals as well as their strengths and weaknesses. It was unfortunate that Estep didn't explore their origins a bit more. I would have liked to know where their powers originate from; are they hereditary? Why was Gin born a stone elemental instead of taking after her mother? Here's hoping that a few of these questions get answered in future installments!
I got a real kick out of Blanco; she has the assassin persona down pat. I loved her cockiness, confidence and snark. Gin knows that she's one of the best hired guns around and has the track record to back it up. She's not full of herself though, meaning she doesn't take unnecessary risks and she knows her limits. Her killing face is s-c-a-r-y! It's insane how quickly and easily she can switch from friendly to stone cold assassin. Blanco's also a seasoned pro at blending in; I really enjoyed watching her adopt different identities while working jobs. She's incredibly versatile. Her Southern charm cracks me up every time! Gin might be the Spider but that doesn't mean that she doesn't have weaknesses just like everyone else. Her past is beyond sad and I'm happy that Estep allowed readers to see that there's more to her than just a killer.
There's not a lot of romance in this book but I didn't expect there to be. Donovan Caine is an intriguing character and it'll be interesting to see whether his attraction to Gin evolves beyond the physical. JoJo and Sophia are too cute for words! The latter barely speaks other than the occasional grunt but who would have thought that such an insignificant sound effect could carry so much weight? I'm not exactly sure what to make of Finnegan Lane yet. He's sexy, no question about it but I have a hard time seeing him play a significant role in this series. I guess I'll just have to let Estep continue to work her magic and see where it leads!
Spider's Bite is well-written, addictive and original. If you're looking for quality Urban Fantasy, then look no further, book one of Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series more than delivers.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It is a decent addition to this genre: kick-butt heroine with a troubled past and a difficult "career". Gin doesn't even spend time whining about stuff, which is (pleasantly) out of the ordinary in this genre.
Are there problems? Sure... Gin is supposedly a high-calibre assassin and yet there are several scenes where she is nearly defeated because she behaved in ways an expert assassin wouldn't. The "angst" between her and Caine is based exclusively on a misunderstanding... we're given a reason as to why Gin doesn't clarify things with Caine, but this reason changes as the book progresses and neither of the reasons provided seem very believable.
But, of course, this angst is what allows them to have some quick sex but not get saddled in a relationship with each other. There are many more references to sex than actual sex scenes (only one) and I think there could have been a bit more sex, and maybe a bit less angst, but anyway, it was decently handled. The narration was excellent.
Overall, I liked the characters and the world they live in. And I'll be starting the next one immediately. Oh, and while the settings are quite different, Richelle Mead's Succubus series has a similar feel to this one.
While the narrator gave it her best go, you can't turn a pig's ear into a silk purse. While this might be a cliche to use, the kind of writing contained within only deserves a cliche. In a word: Yawn. Next?
I picked this up on one of the sales and got hooked in yet another great series.
I'm glad I didn't look at the reviews beforehand. Most are very positive but there are a few that got caught up on the repetition on the book. There is definitely some of that - ok we get the placement of her blades and the colour of everyone's eyes. The story was compelling however and I think the strength of the narrator keeps the books going (that accent is right on the money).
Overall I am very thankful that this is a strong female character and the author doesn't feel the need to use sex in every other scene - there is definitely some scenes along those themes however the story is central and is not a bed hop.
Gin is a strong, believable, flawed character who I really did like as a person. Glad to have this series in the queue.
I really enjoyed the narrator's delivery of Gin. She was a little country, a little hard and a little vulnerable in spots. It was great because it made Gin human though her occupation made me cringe. the delivery, the snarkiness and yet the wistfulness in her voice made me root for Gin and hope that she would get to the bottom of who was after her.
The secondary characters really enhanced the plot and gave Gin more personality. They smoothed the rough exterior of this assasin. I hope to hear more about her family, Donovan Caine and Fin!