Pop quiz. Which do you think is deadlier: Burn, the
nastiest drug ever to hit the mean streets of Ashland, or
me, Gin Blanco, the assassin known as the Spider? Answer:
Me—because I don't kill you slowly.
Normally, drug dealers aren't my department. But I'm
turning up the heat on some relentless Burn-pushing thugs
who won't leave my friends alone. Pushers who have my cop
sister beside herself with rage, so I'm stepping up to keep
her from doing something stupid and getting herself killed.
Once I'm in, I'm in, and these folks have picked their
poison: the Spider's venom. But even bad guys have their
good days, and sometimes even my Ice and Stone magic isn't
enough. For behind the drug is a vicious vampire with a
scientific eye for results. And behind him... trouble like I
haven't seen since I took down my legendary nemesis, Mab
"This series [ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN] kicked off with a
bang, and the action hasn't let up since." — Fresh
Magic, mayhem, and an assassin who never gives
up—these things and more can be found in POISON
PROMISE, the latest book in my Elemental Assassin
urban fantasy series.
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 POISON PROMISE, one of Gin's employees
witnesses a horrific crime and finds herself being targeted
for death by a ruthless vampire. So Gin vows to do whatever
it takes to protect her friend—even if Gin has to
sacrifice herself in the process.
If you enjoy POISON PROMISE, I hope that you'll
check out the other books in the series, including the
upcoming BLACK WIDOW, which will be released on Nov.
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
"By virtue of her enormous skill, Estep keeps this
amazing series fresh and unputdownable!" — RT Books
Reviews on The Spider (Top Pick!)
POISON PROMISE Excerpt #1 — FROM THE FIRST
I bared my teeth, all pretense of a sweet smile
long gone. "You call me baby one more time, and
you'll be eating through a straw for the next six
Catalina sucked in a breath, but confusion
filled Troy's beefy face. When he finally realized that I'd
threatened him, his brown eyes narrowed to slits.
"Those are big words coming from a little lady,"
he snapped. "You should be more respectful. Think about who
you're talking to."
"Oh? And who would that be?"
His chest puffed up with self-importance. "Troy
Mannis, that's who."
"Never heard of you."
He blinked, and his shoulders slouched. I
couldn't have deflated his ego any faster if it was a
balloon I'd popped with a pin. But anger rose up to fill the
empty space inside him. "Well, you should," he said, his
voice dropping to a low growl. "Because I run this campus,
and if you're looking to score here, then you have to go
through me. You don't have a choice. Nobody here
"Oh, there's always a choice," I drawled. "Like
me going through you and leaving nothing behind but
bloody little smears on the pavement."
Troy threw back his head and laughed. So did the
two vampires, who had moved away from the fence and were now
flanking him. Behind them, Catalina eyed me with a wary
gaze. She'd heard the rumors about me being the Spider, just
like everyone else who worked at the Pork Pit. Well, she was
about to see how true they were.
"You must be on something already, flying high,
to say something like that," Troy said. "Maybe you don't
know who I am, baby, but you don't want to piss off
the people I work for."
This time, my smile was a little more genuine.
"Actually, I love pissing people off. Important
people, rich people, dangerous people. I'm an
equal-opportunity pisser-offer. You know why?"
"Why?" He asked the inevitable
"Because the bigger and tougher they think they
are, the more they bleed. Just like you will."
Troy opened his mouth, but I was tired of
talking, so I didn't give him a chance to insult me again.
Instead, I snapped my fist up and sucker-punched him in the
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 urban
fantasy series for Pocket Books. Poison Promise, the
11th book in the series, will be released on July
Jennifer is also the author of the Mythos Academy
young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington and the
Bigtime paranormal romance series.