Monday, July 4, 2016

Review: Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Publication Date: 4/26/2016
Series: Black Blade #3
Rating:  5 Stars

 Official Blurb: 

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… 

First off, What do you mean this is the last one? That can’t be right?

Sigh.  Fine. I guess I can go on. 

Now that’s out of the way, Bright Blaze of Magic is one of the best series ending books that I have ever read.  Lila and company has so much ground to cover in this one last novel that I had some serious doubts if Estep could pull it off without concluding a key piece of the story.  I am so glad that she proved me wrong. 

We last left Cloudburst Falls with a huge discovering, Victor Draconi is the horrific bad guy we all thought he was, and his level of depravity runs deep.  We know that he has his sights set on the Sinclair family, but his intentions for all of the families will leave you shocked.  Our brave Lila knows that she has to continue her mother’s work and shut him and his operation down once and for all, but it might require her life.  She’s worked so hard to maintain anonymity over the years as she thieved away to survive, but this type of survival is of a completely different nature.  She has to risk exposing her gifts to the one person she’s hidden them away from in order to succeed.  Lila’s fight is far from easy and when the fate of the entire familial structure of Cloudburst Falls lays squarely at her feet, the task becomes even more daunting.

Estep has created this wildly detailed and frightening YA world.  Lila and all of the other characters are frankly some of the best developed that I have ever read.  The action sequences and even the PG-13 romantic pieces of this story are absolutely brilliant.  The romance was never the forefront of the story and for this series, it works.  Just like the final scene of the series. Everything that Lila has endured, faced, and in some cases failed is nothing compared to the final showdown that will leave you on the edge of your seat.  Even though I am sad to see this series go, I am happy with the way it ended.  Estep carefully planned and teased this ending throughout the entire series and the execution shows how great of an author she truly is.

The Black Blade series is one that I would highly recommend for all YA ages and even for some adults.  It has a little bit of everything that will entertain all ages for hours to come. 

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