I received this book for free from The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Black Blade #3
Published by Kensington on April 26, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Young Adult
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In the exciting conclusion to her richly imagined Black Blade series about a reluctant young bodyguard and thief, and her hometown, where magic, mobsters and monsters make for a dangerous mix, Jennifer Estep expertly combines the snark and fast-paced action that have made her a New York Times bestselling author.
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…
Series enders are a bittersweet thing for me if I enjoy the series. On one hand, I can’t wait to have all my questions answered and finally see characters I’ve been getting to know over the course of a handful (or more) of books get their just desserts, whether that’s a much-deserved drubbing for antagonists or a happily ever after for protagonists. But on the other hand, I have invested so much of my feels in the series that I don’t want to see it end!
So when I got my copy of Jennifer Estep’s Bright Blaze of Magic, the experience was a little bittersweet, especially because I felt like the world of Cloudburst Falls was such a thriving one that it could have stood for a few more novels. But I just ate up the pages because Estep definitely delivered both those answers and the magical mojo to close the trilogy with a bang. Or, well, in a Bright Blaze of Magic, if you will.
If you haven’t read the other books in this series, Cold Burn of Magic and Dark Heart of Magic, I strongly recommend you do so before picking up this book. While I think Estep’s writing is such that a “virgin” to the series would nevertheless enjoy Bright Blaze of Magic, I don’t doubt that the depth of feeling and tension from everything that happens and everything that’s revealed in this book would not be present for someone who has not invested in shipping Livon (Lila + Devon) or experienced the way in which Lila went from an orphan living to survive to beloved family member with a cause greater than herself.
For one thing, I would never have thought the cutest thing in this series would be a kraken, but there you have it.
While there isn’t quite as much intrigue as was seen in previous books, this wasn’t an issue for me. It was more like, now that everyone knows pretty much which side of the line everyone else falls on, it’s time to rumble! And Estep certainly threw a lot of firepower into this book, both in terms of magic, emotions, and revelations about the characters’ shared pasts. All in all, a worthy crescendo to a fun and wholly engrossing YA fantasy series.
But I’m still hoping against hope Estep will revisit Cloudburst Falls sometime soon!
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