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Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin)

Spider's Bite - Jennifer Estep Spider's Bite revolves around an assassin code named "Spider." Spider has built up one amazing reputation as the city's most successful assassin. Gin is the man... well, woman, behind Spider. She is a stone elemental, meaning that she can control certain aspects of the element. While she does not use this as an advantage for her assassinations, this skill sure can come in handy. Gin's life is suddenly turned upside down one day when she discovers that her friend and handler, Fletcher has been murdered in a deal gone wrong by an air elemental. Now Gin must team up with an unlikely ally to get revenge.This novel is an edgy, gritty, and utterly kick a** start to a new urban fantasy series. Without a doubt, this novel gets started right from the get go with its opening sentence: "My name is Gin, and I kill people." From there it is just one powerful, action packed scene after another.Gin is an amazingly strong female character who can can kick butt. But it is not her strength that really drew me to her... it was her softness... her vulnerability. Behind her tough guy facade is an emotionally scarred person who has been basically living each day one step at a time. I loved Gin's kick butt attitude, but when it comes down it to, I have to say that I loved reading about her past and what makes her tick more. It made her more realistic.. more complex... more human.Spider's Bite is an action packed urban fantasy with tons more depth than I was expecting. Gin and her adventures have definitely caught my attention, and I cannot wait to see what is up next for her. I highly recommend for readers who enjoy strong female characters with urban fantasy mixed in.