Spotlight on Jennifer Estep
Magic, mayhem, and an assassin who never gives up—these
things and more can be found in SNARED, the
latest book in my Elemental Assassin urban
The Elemental Assassin series focuses on
Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control
the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing
people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant
called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of
Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires,
and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
In SNARED, when a college student goes
missing, her sister asks Gin for help. Gin’s search for the
missing girl leads her to an evil that she never
imagined—and a killer who wants to make her the next victim.
You can read the first chapter of SNARED on
If you enjoy SNARED, I hope that you’ll
check out the other books in the series. I hope that
everyone has as much fun reading the books as I do writing
them. Happy reading! :-)
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep
ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES QUOTES:
“This series kicked off with a bang, and the action hasn't
let up since.” – Fresh Fiction
“Estep’s outstanding skill and immense talent have made sure
this series remains one of the absolute best in the genre.”
– RT Book Reviews
The sixteenth book in the New York Times
bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that
RT Book Reviews calls, “An extraordinary
series…[containing] one of the most intriguing heroines in
If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know
dangerous female heroines.
Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone
else’s web …
Another week, another few clues trickling in about the
Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s
underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a
painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped
up on my radar: a missing girl.
My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of
Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city,
I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.
A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark,
dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is
really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an
assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst,
but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one
who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me
the next victim.
SNARED EXCERPT – FROM CHAPTER ONE
Being an assassin meant knowing when to kill—and when
not to kill.
I stood in a pool of midnight shadows, my boots, jeans,
turtleneck, and fleece jacket as black as the night around
me. My dark brown hair was stuffed up underneath a black
toboggan that matched the rest of my clothes, and I’d swiped
a bit of black greasepaint under my eyes to break up the
paleness of my face. The only bit of color on my body was
the silverstone knife that glinted in my right hand. I even
inhaled and exhaled through my nose, so that my breath
wouldn’t frost in the chilly January air and give away my
Not that anyone was actually looking for me.
Oh, a dwarf on guard duty was patrolling the estate.
Supposedly, he was here to keep an eye out and make sure
that no one snuck out of the woods, sprinted across the
lawn, and broke into the mansion in the distance. But he was
doing a piss-poor job of it, since I’d been watching him
amble around for more than three minutes now, making an
exceptionally slow circuit of this part of the landscaped
Every once in a while, the guard would raise his head and
look around, scanning the twisted shadows cast out by the
trees and ornamental bushes that dotted the rolling lawn.
But most of the time, he was far more interested in playing
a game on his phone, judging from the beeps and chimes that
continually rang out from it. He didn’t even have the sound
muted—or his gun drawn. I shook my head. It was so hard to
find good help these days.
Still, I tensed as the guard wandered closer and closer to
my position. I was standing at the corner of a gray stone
house, set in the very back corner of the yard, several
hundred feet from the main mansion. Trees clustered all
around the house, their branches arching over the black
slate roof and making the shadows here particularly dark,
giving me the perfect hiding spot to watch and wait out the
No doubt the man who lived in the mansion charitably
referred to this house as a caretaker’s cottage, or
something else equally dismissive, even though the house was
almost large enough to be its own separate mansion. Even
Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, would have been impressed
by the spacious rooms and expensive, antique furniture that
I’d glimpsed through the windows when I’d been sneaking
around the house and getting into position—
“So are you actually going to break into the mansion or are
we just going to stand around out here all night in the
dark?” a low, snide voice murmured in my ear.
Speak of the devil, and he will annoy you.
I looked to my right. Fifty feet away, a tall, man-shaped
shadow hovered at the edge of the tree line. Like me, Finn
was dressed all in black, although I could just make out the
glimmer of his eyes, like a cat’s in the darkness.
“I’m waiting for the guard to turn around and go back in the
other direction,” I hissed. “As you can bloody well see for
The transmitter in my ear crackled from the force of Finn’s
snort. “Mr. Cell Phone Video Game?” He snorted again.
“Please. You could do naked cartwheels across the lawn right
in front of him, and he still wouldn’t notice.”
Finn was probably right, but the guard was only about thirty
feet from me now, so I couldn’t risk responding.
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer is the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals—Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Jennifer is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.
Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series. The books focus on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families—or mobs—who control much of the town. But when she saves a member of the Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the two most powerful Families in town.
Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. The books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals.