Monday, 25 April 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3)
by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural


Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

As bad things do come in threes, good things too come in a triple pack. I was a bit apprehensive when I started the book because it was the last book and I wasn't sure if it would live up to the expectation of the final book. The author had my attention from the beginning and didn't let up to the end. It was a smooth ride with little bumps in between.

The characters were well rounded and their growth was consistent in accordance with the previous books. There were no sudden leaps of heroism or anything. But at the same time, I would have liked others to have taken the lead for a while from Lila. Lila seemed to be the unheralded leader of the group. The supporting cast could have had a bit more active roles. Lila once again showed her full characteristics in the book - intelligent, courageous and loyal. Devon kept up his sweet persona and was satisfied to be more in the background. Deah was one character who surprised me with her divided loyalties and her growth from an almost spoilt snob to a genuine person with vulnerabilities. Victor was his usual evil self. He was rather consistent in his actions.

The romantic aspect of the story was well written without the usual instant love between the protagonists. The romance was built up slowly but surely between Devon and Lila and it was a pretty sweet relationship. I liked that Deah was paired with Felix and that Deah wasn't false in her love. I was afraid that it was all an act on her part but thankfully my suspicion didn't come true.

The author has written an engrossing finale and the world building was further dwelled into and it was seamlessly woven into the story. There were only 2 parts which felt unbelievable to me. The first was the other families' unpreparedness for Victor's assault in spite of knowing his mindset. The other was the withdrawal of all the blades without Victor's knowledge. It felt too easy to me and I felt it would have been better with some conflicts in that part.

All in all, it was a very good ending to the series and I can recommend it to both young adults and adults equally.

My rating : 4/5


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.

The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.

Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.






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