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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439148015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439148013
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Estep has really hit her stride with the gritty and compelling Elemental Assassin series. She surrounds her fascinating and complex heroine with a cadre of supporting players, each of whom are intriguing in their own right. Brisk pacing and knife-edged danger make this an exciting page-turner. Kudos to Estep, who is rapidly heading toward the top of the urban fantasy genre!"
- Romantic Times Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars

"Gin is an assassin to die for."
- Adrian Phoenix, author of Etched in Bone

" A raw, gritty, compelling walk on the wild side, one that had me hooked from the first page."
- New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh, on SPIDER'S BITE

About the Author

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. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, and Poison Promise, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series are her other works. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit and @Jennifer_Estep.

More About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times 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, WIDOW'S WEB, DEADLY STING, and HEART OF VENOM.

THREAD OF DEATH and KISS OF VENOM, both e-novellas, are also available.

THE SPIDER, book #10, will be released on Dec. 24.

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

Books in the series are TOUCH OF FROST, KISS OF FROST, DARK FROST, CRIMSON FROST, and MIDNIGHT FROST. KILLER FROST, the sixth and final book in the series, will be released on Feb. 25, 2014.

FIRST FROST, a prequel e-story, is available, as is SPARTAN FROST, an e-novella.

Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in the superhero-themed series are KARMA GIRL, HOT MAMA, JINX, and NIGHTINGALE.

A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS, an e-novella, is also available.

Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at

Customer Reviews

Another great book and I look forward to the next one.
Venom's strong story line, action packed drama, and well written characters will keep you hooked.
Gin Blanco, a.k.a. "The Spider," was officially retired.
Lady Rogue (Escape Between The Pages)

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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful By J. D Wenzel on November 7, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've given this series as much of my time as I could. I was thoroughly intrigued by the ideas that Estep's stories held within their confines. The first book was a wonderful read. Even if some of her writing quirks were a little irritating I could ignore them for the characters, the story, and the otherwise wonderfully crafted prose. And then I moved onto the second book and those quirks were more prevalent as I read. It's very repetitive, even obnoxious. I ignored those things and continued reading and as it came to a close I was excited to see her FINALLY using her elemental powers.

Now, here we are with the third installment. Estep still feels the need to remind us of things in that incredibly redundant style. The Spider's mentor was Fletcher Lane; she's got 5 silverstone knives on her person: one at the small of her back, two up her sleeves, and two in her boots. She palms the silverstone knives, she throws the silverstone knives, and she slashes the giant's throat with a silverstone knife as if we had forgotten that they were made out of silverstone. This is only a minor gripe, but when Estep does it with just about everything, the type of coffee Finnegan drinks (and why), the silverstone spider rune scars in her palms, the way someone is going to "get dead", and it just grates on you. After two full novels of it, well, it's obnoxious to say the least.

On top of that, nothing has really changed, she's supposedly the most powerful elemental JoJo had ever seen, and yet...she simply refuses to logically use her powers. She fears growing too dependent on them, which is a legitimate worry, but she's supposed to be the city's best assassin is she not? Why then would she not TRAIN those powers so when she finally NEEDED them they would be there and ready for her?
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Venom (Elemental Assassin, Book 3) by Jennifer Estep
Paranormal Romance- Sept. 28th, 2010
5 stars

I can't believe it but this series only gets better!! Gin is the coolest assassin ever. This latest installment holds nothing back as Gin rushes headlong into: another mission, a missing sister and repeated attempts on her life.

Venom starts out explosively as Gin is being viciously beaten by the powerful fire elemental Mab Monroe and her vicious henchmen. But Gin does not fight back. She realizes she must pretend she has no elemental skills to convince Mab that she is harmless. But the beating injures Gin near death. Her dashing friend Finn must rescue her into the capable hands of the healing air elemental Jo-Jo.

However, what Gin does not expect is the police's quick response to her assault and the new detective investigating the scene. A detective who happens to be Gin long lost sister, Bria! Now Gin must decide if she should reveal herself to her sister and how best to protect Bria from the powerful players that she is beginning to anger. Because Gin isn't just the owner of the famous restaurant the Pork Pit but also a deadly (if retired) assassin. Someone who a detective may not appreciate or accept. But soon Gin finds herself drawn into more trouble when she is asked to help a victim of a powerful stalker.

This was another thrilling novel in the Elemental series. Each book brings us closer to Gin's shady history and the mystery behind her family's devastating murders. Gin has flashbacks that key the reader into clues about their deaths. I really enjoy learning more about Gin and the author does so in a way that makes her more human and sympathetic.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 24, 2010
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At some point I'll get around to posting a round-up review post for all the short stories. Probably before Book 4: Tangled Threads comes out at least. Hopefully before the untitled Book 5 comes out. The good news is that unlike with some other books, where if you don't read the between stories you miss out on some pertinent info, not reading the side stories here just means missing out on some hijinks and information that is distributed in the book anyhow.

In my review for Web of Lies I complained (a little bitterly) that Donovan Caine, Gin's love interest and annoyingly goody-goody detective, ruined the book for me a bit because he kept preaching about morality. Or making Gin feel guilty for not being what he wanted. Or by just being in the same hemisphere as Gin and not appreciating that hey she was killing the really bad guys. And how much I loved Owen Grayson.

Estep gives me more Grayson, no Caine and lots of Spider action. I admit Gin's mopes about Caine turning out to be less than worthy of her and turning tail to escape her was...frustrating. But Owen did a really good job at distracting her. Which I approve of. He also had a rather touching backstory as to why he is persistently following Gin. It could have easily been sachrine sweet, but Estep made it just sweet enough to see the softer side of Owen without making it seem contrived to pull the heart strings. It also goes a long way to explaining some of Fletcher's apparently more altruistic tendencies (or his incredibly good foresight in regards to orphaned children).

Meanwhile the case that Finn brings to Gin to help with quickly becomes the case from hell.
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