Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spider's Bite: An Elemental Assassin Book by Jennifer Estep


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 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.

My thoughts:
I received this book for review purposes as part of Pocket Books Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog tour on Book Blogs. After a slow start I really enjoyed reading this. Usually it doesn't take me too long to get into a book, but the beginning of this one dragged a bit for me. Perhaps it is because it is the beginning of a series and Estep wanted to set things up for her main characters, but it wasn't until I got further in that I was hooked. Once I was I finished the book in just a few readings.

Gin is an interesting main character. She is very independent and capable, but still has a vulnerable side that she tries to keep hidden. Even though she is able to kill people without any qualms, she also loves and cares about her circle of friends very deeply and works very hard to keep them safe and protected. It will be interesting to see where the series goes to from here especially in light of some of the events towards the end of the novel. Don't worry, I am not going to give any spoilers. I hate knowing too much ahead of time and don't want to do that to any other readers.

It was interesting to me that the book seems to be set in our current present but with added elements of elementals who can use air, stone, fire or ice or even combinations of these elements. There are dwarfs, who have longer life spans, and vampires, who tend to become prostitutes, and giants along with humans. Part of me kept thinking that this was a different reality all together and then Harry Potter came up and the car names and types all seem to be current. Fantasy books are not my regular reading material, I've mentioned that I am trying to challenge myself to read different genres and such to keep from getting stuck in a rut. That is part of the reason I am really enjoying these blog tours, it is giving me a chance to read something I might not have on my own and find new authors. Perhaps this is normal in fantasy books, to have it be the present but a modified present, I guess I will see as I read more of them.

Other bloggers participating in this book tour:
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