Title: Spider’s Bite
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
After Gin’s family was murdered by a Fire elemental when she was thirteen, she lived on the streets and eventually became an assassin to survive. Now, Gin is given an assignment by her handler to rub out an Ashland businessman, but it turns out to be a trap. After Gin’s handler is brutally murdered, she teams up with the sexy detective investigating the case to figure out who double-crossed her and why. Only one thing is for sure — Gin has no qualms about killing her way to the top of the conspiracy.
(This is the first book in the Elemental Assassin series.)
Months back, I really enjoyed reading Estep’s Mythos Academy series. I liked her writing and the way she built her characters, which for me is an important aspect for a series. I generally like the characters enough to want to see more of them, rather than being more interested in the plot or anything else.
Spider’s Bite definitely lived up to my expectations as far as character development went. I absolutely loved the main character – and narrator – Gin, who had a wicked sense of humour and was just jaded enough to come across with the kind of take-no-shit attitude that I enjoy. Being a series based on a woman who can kick some serious ass was also a bonus for me.
I also liked the pseudo-romance aspect of this book, especially since it was fraught with issues. It wouldn’t have been believable if Gin and the Detective had been able to just easily forget all of their morals and values and fallen head over heels for each other, casting aside anything that stood in their way. Rather, Estep managed to write it in such a way that showed their warring emotions and desires, and left room for the relationship to develop – or not – over the course of the series.
One thing that really kind of annoyed me in the book was sort of a narrative tick. Every time Gin would be thinking about either food or the Detective, she would go “Mmm.” at the end. It drove me nuts!
Otherwise, though, Spider’s Bite was a great read. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.