Jennifer Estep’s favorite fights scenes from her Elemental Assassin series

Posted August 3, 2015 by Jennifer in Stomp vs Romp 2015 | | 18 Comments



Greetings! A big thanks to Jennifer for hosting me on her blog again. Thanks so much, Jen!

So it’s time for the annual STOMP vs. ROMP smackdown. What side are you on?

Fight scenes are one of my favorite things to write, so I am Team STOMP all the way. Whether I’m writing it or reading it or watching it, there’s just something about a good fight scene that really pulls me into the story and makes me root for the heroine to kick some bad-guy butt.

Whenever I sit down to write one of my Elemental Assassin books, one of the first things I think about is the big fight scene at the end and how my assassin heroine Gin Blanco can use her wits and magic to defeat the villain. Coming up with and then writing that scene usually ends up being one of my favorite parts of the book.


So here are some of my favorite fights scenes from my Elemental Assassin series:


Gin vs. Elliot Slater in Venom, book #3: This was the first time that I had a giant as the main villain, instead of someone with magic, so it was interesting for me to write someone who was physically much, much stronger than Gin.


Gin vs. Mab Monroe in Spider’s Revenge, book #5: This was the big story arc and showdown of the first five books, and I spent a lot of time on this scene, trying to make it as interesting, entertaining, and dynamic as possible. I really wanted to give readers a great showdown in this scene.


Gin vs. Clementine Barker in Deadly Sting, book #8: Another giant villain and an instance where Gin has to figure out how to be smarter (and not necessarily stronger) than her enemy.


Gin vs. Madeline Monroe in Black Widow, book #12: Gin is very strong in her Ice and Stone magic, but she can be sneaky too, as in this fight when Gin suckers Madeline into using up all her acid magic.


Gin vs. the bad guy in Spider’s Trap, book #13: This book came out last week so I’m not going to name the villain and spoil that for folks who haven’t read it yet, but I had a lot of fun writing this scene because it’s set in a location that I hadn’t used before in Ashland.




As much as I love writing fight scenes, I also really enjoy watching them. Here are some of my favorite action movies:


Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Lots of good action and fight scenes in this one. Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie are very easy on the eyes, and Scarlett Johansson is awesome as Black Widow.


Skyfall and the rest of the James Bond movies: From car chases to hand-to-hand combat, nobody does action better than Bond, James Bond. I love how Bond takes on a whole legion of bad guys at the end of Skyfall just using the few supplies that he has on hand.


The Princess Bride: You killed my father … so prepare for an epic sword fight and lots of quotable lines. Inconceivable!


The Thomas Crown Affair: I love a good heist movie, especially the scene at the end of this one where Pierce Brosnan is robbing the museum while the cops are watching and trying to catch him.


Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: I also love a good pirate/swashbuckling movie, and this one has lots of action, fight scenes, and daring escapes.


What about you guys? What are some of your favorite action scenes in books or your favorite action movies? And go Team STOMP!


Spider’s Trap by Jennifer EstepSpider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep
Elemental Assassin #13
Published by Pocket Books on July 28th 2015
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Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…


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About Jennifer Estep

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 and the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in the series, will be released on Oct. 27.

She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. For more information on her books, visit Jennifer’s website at

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18 responses to “Jennifer Estep’s favorite fights scenes from her Elemental Assassin series

  1. Sandra Li

    hmmm my favorite action scene, well one of them, was when Gin fought the vampire who sucked her powers out (forgot his name) and with the help of Victoria (?), they defeated him.

  2. Kara

    The Mab fight is burned in my brain, but her fight against the cave was also pretty epic.

  3. I think my favorite scene was the one in which Sophia had been kidnapped and Gin had to go rescue her/take out the bad guy. There was this one moment in the book where I was almost in tears at the one gesture following the scene and it was just epic.

  4. Jordan R.

    I haven’t read these yet, but one of my favorites from a movie is that scene in the Matrix when Neo first figures out his powers!

  5. Stephanie H.

    I haven’t read the Elemental Assassin series yet,but book one is just waiting for me on my kindle. I would have a hard time picking a favorite action scene from a movie. Maybe the one from Avengers? It’s was the first o.e I thought of at least.

  6. Mariana Pèrez

    I’m so excited. Hoping to win!! I’ve read all of the spider books. Can’t wait to read this one too.

  7. Jess1

    I have your series on my wish list to start reading. Some of my favorite fight scenes are with Legolas in the Lord of the Rings, with the big troll and the oliphant.

  8. erinf1

    Gin vs. Mab! This was the ultimate showdown and it was awesome 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  9. I don’t know if I could pick just one. Hmm, crap I forget the baddies name, but it was the one where she had to fight in the open, in the street, with a crowd watching. Loved that fight.

  10. Rachel V.

    I love all the action fight scenes but I think my favorite was in Black Widow when Gin is in jail and has to do a cage fight with a bunch of bad guys and people were betting on who would win. I was betting on Gin.

  11. Good choices! I would have to go with her big fight in POISON PROMISE though. I cringe whenever I think about it. It shares a close spot with the fight in SPIDER’S TRAP however! I loved that end battle! Super creative! Can’t wait for the next ones!

  12. Favorite fight scene so far from the Elemental Assassin Series would have to be in Web of Lies, the flashback Gin has of saving Fletcher from the vampire/giant. Gin was still a kid but it established her place more firmly both with Fletcher but on the path of life that she takes. Then of course I love the ones Ms. Estep mentions above as well 🙂 Favorite in action movies would have to be the Die Hards: who doesn’t like gun fights and big explosions) and right now Baytown Outlaws: great characters and a bad guy you are just waiting on the heroes to kill.