Spider’s Bargain by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Bargain

Title: Spider’s Bargain
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin #0.5
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: AssassinsDark fantasy, Elements
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Jennifer Estep
Year: 2011
5th sentence, 74th page: Which was one of the reasons my handler, Fletcher, kept nagging me to retire.

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This short story takes place before the events of Spider’s Bite, the first book in the Elemental Assassin series. In “Spider’s Bargain,” Gin Blanco takes on a corrupt cop, but only one of them will be left standing in the end.


From getting halfway through Spider’s Bite before reading this, I knew that Gin killed Ingles because he wasn’t a very nice guy. This short story tells you exactly how not-nice. And also exactly how Gin leaves him. No wonder Donovan is so annoyed at her throughout the series. Having said that, I kind of loved it. There was such beautiful poetic justice in this tale.

Spider’s Bargain also introduces the nightclub that features kind of heavily in Spider’s Bite and a whole other world that I just wasn’t quite expecting. It just helps to draw me further into this world and now I can’t wait to read Web of Lies… when it finally arrives on my doorstep.

<- Web of DeceitSpider’s Bite ->

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