Sunday, May 8, 2016

ARC Review: BRIGHT BLAZE OF MAGIC by Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic
by Jennifer Estep
Book 3 in the Black Blade trilogy

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… 

Victor Draconi is taunting the ruling families of Cloudburst Falls.  He has been collecting magic infused black blades to employ during a takeover of the city.  The only family taking a stand is the Sinclair family.  Soon there is a old fashioned ambush, must like what you might see in a gangster movie.  People are killed, captured and tortured.  Lila and Devon escape, along with Felix, and meet up with Deah.  They plot to rescue the captives.  

Tailored for a YA audience, Jennifer Estep brings us all our favorite elements to this story.  There is lots of action, tests of loyalty and scary confrontations.  <i>Bright Blaze of Magic</i> puts a nice cap on the Black Blade trilogy.  The villain is evil.  Victor aptly shows his depravity and the depth of his powers.  Allies gather together to take him down.  Lila and Devon solidify their relationship.  

My favorite part of the story is the encounter with the loch ness.  It speaks to Lila's history.  The loch ness has been keeping all the tolls that both Lila and her mother have paid over the years.  It acknowledges a mutual respect between monster and Lila.  It's a connection between Lila and her mother.  It's a small scene but filled with wistfulness and revelations.  

I think this is a great series for the YA readers looking for action and adventure, but not in a dystopian world with a dash of romance. 

<i>Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.</i>

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