Two Blogs and a Book – SPIDER’S REVENGE by Jennifer Estep (+ Giveaway!)

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Two Blogs and a Book – SPIDER’S REVENGE by Jennifer Estep (+ Giveaway!)Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #5
Published by Pocket Books on September 27, 2011
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Romance, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 367
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Old habits die hard for assassins.And I plan on murdering someone before the night is through. Killing used to be my regular gig, after all. Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, assassin-for-hire. And I was very, very good at it. Now, I’m ready to make the one hit that truly matters: Mab Monroe, the dangerous Fire elemental who murdered my family when I was thirteen. Oh, I don’t think the mission will be easy, but turns out it’s a bit more problematic than expected. The bitch knows I’m coming for her. So now I’m up against the army of lethal bounty hunters Mab hired to track me down. She also put a price on my baby sister’s head. Keeping Bria safe is my first priority. Taking Mab out is a close second. Good thing I’ve got my powerful Ice and Stone magic—and my irresistible lover, Owen Grayson—to watch my back. This battle has been years in the making, and there’s a good chance I won’t survive. But if I’m going down, then Mab’s coming with me . . . no matter what I have to do to make that happen.


My buddy, Braine, of the spectacular blog Talk Supe, and I are doing a buddy read of the entire Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.  Rather than follow our normal format, we decided this time around to ask each other questions about our different takes on the book.  Here is my interview with Braine! And don’t forget to visit TALK SUPE to see what fun questions Braine asked me about SPIDER’S REVENGE, book five in the Elemental Assassin series. 


SWR:  For me, this was by far the most exciting Elemental Assassin to date.  It opens with a bang and just keeps going.  Estep did a great job of ratcheting up the tension until the ultimate confrontation.  Do you think Gin and Mab had the showdown the series deserved?
This is my favorite so far (I always say that though)! All the build-up and it finally happened, I’m floored! I was holding my breath for the most part and that halfway showdown at that ball was frickin amazing! I am happy with all their confrontations but part of me was hoping for some hand to hand combat. Gin may be an Elemental like Mab but she’s a skilled fighter too. Maybe I’m too “human” in the sense that I want it to get physical sans their magic, I guess I just want Mab to get pounded or something LOL. I mean Mab’s been riding on my last nerves since book 1 and I’ve been itching to bitch slap her. Regardless, I absolutely love how Gin finally ended her miserable, cowardly life. So yes, JEstep gave us a blazing showdown.
SWR:  Yes!  I love the fact that, in the end, it was a magic showdown but I think Gin did have to pull on her skills as an assassin to finally end that nutcase’s life.  Now, I have several favorite moments from SPIDER’S REVENGE and they all revolve around moments of emotional revelation for Gin – moments where she let the hard exterior break a little.  My eyes got watery during several scenes in this book, specifically the scene where she and Bria hold each other in bed.  What about you?  Favorite moments?  Any tears?
This is why I love reading UF, it can get emotional without being dramatic as compared to contemporary stories. I mean I’m touched over scenes and all but it inspires aggressive emotions from me. Like that tender moment between Bria and Gin, though I loved that they finally connected, it instead made me angry and even more hungry for Mab’s blood! I’m so savage, I’m sorry. As for my favorite scene, it has to be all the fight scenes between Gin and Mab followed by that awkward situation where Gin tried to rescue Finn and Bria while they were held hostage in Fletcher’s house surrounded by a ton of bounty hunters. Talk about bad timing!
SWR:  Yes!  The Bria and Finn scene was hilarious and scary at the same time.  And I loved that Gin suspected exactly what was going on.  Love those two but  I’m always interested in secondary characters.  In book five, Estep introduces us to Gentry, a bounty hunter, and her protégé, Sydney.  I was totally intrigued by this duo.  Do you think we’ll see them again?
I hope we do. I love what Gentry and Sydney personify and I love “gray” characters. Gentry and Sydney are something like that, they can’t be trusted because they follow the money first, sentiments and all that take a back seat. Sydney in particular has a potential, she’s a great shot and can be a good assassin even if she’s not an elemental. 
Speaking of secondary characters, my jaw dropped when Jo-jo finally dropped the bomb about Sophia! It was an utter WTH moment for me, big time. If I were to get teary over a scene, it would be that. 
SWR:  Totally.  The revelation about Sophia was huge and it also left a door open for a potential plot line that I hope comes around at some point in the series.  At the end of this book, I have to admit, I was curious as to where Estep could take us from here.  Any speculation on what a new major story arc could be for Gin and company?
I rarely read blurbs and excerpts for series I follow because sometimes they have spoilers. This time around I cheated and from the looks of it, I don’t think that there’s a strong series plot moving forward. Mab’s arc went on for 5 books, the succeeding ones seems like one-offs. I think Gin’s relationship with Owen will be more on the forefront, which I don’t mind, but let’s be honest, compared to Mab’s, it’s a little weak. At this point, I want to be surprised.
SWR:  Yes, I’m a bit worried too.  One of the things I loved about this series was it’s style of a broader arc coupled with a book specific arc.  I’m looking forward to reading the next one just see where we go from here.  But you know, I can’t help but always gravitate towards Gin’s tough one liners.  One of my favorites is “Why don’t you leave being tough t me, and I’ll let you handle being dead?”  Any favorite quotes?
“I’m the Spider bitch — I’m the best there is.”
SWR:  And I think with that line, this is the perfect place to end this interview!  Thanks, Braine!


SPIDER’S REVENGE is by far my favorite book in the Elemental Assassin series.  The tension, the emotion, the drama, the everything, had me furiously reading until the final showdown between Gin and Mab.  If that showdown was put on film it would be a Western directed by John Woo.  All we needed was to have a random dove fly up from somewhere to make that film vision a reality (and you John Woo fans know exactly what I mean).  I think this is an end of an era for Gin and Company and I’m uber-curious to see where Estep takes us and whether the remainder of the series can live up to the utter excitement and tension these first five books produced and reveled in.  This was also the first time in the series that I got truly emotional in some scenes.  Yes, it was a bit dusty in the room while I read.  That’s why I needed a tissue.  Yup.  For all you Elemental Assassin fans out there, does it only get better from here? 




And don’t forget to visit Braine at Talk Supe to see what she has to say about SPIDER’S REVENGE!



And now, it’s giveaway time!  Special thanks to Jennifer Estep for providing a signed print copy of SPIDER’S REVENGE for a lucky reader!




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About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER’S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER’S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, and WIDOW’S WEB. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available.

DEADLY STING, the eighth book, is set to be released on March 26, 2013.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington.

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