Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

May 15th, 2015 Kimberly Review 71 Comments

15th May
Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Cold Burn of Magic
by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

There Be Monsters Here. . .It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick. But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .

magical urban Young Adult

Did you ever start a book and know within moments that you were going to become swept up in the characters and world? This is exactly what happened with Cold Burn of Magic, the first in Jenifer Estep’s new Black Blade urban fantasy series. I devoured this tale, found a new author to love and added another urban fantasy to my must read list.

I went into this blind concerning Estep even though, I have book one and two of the Elemental series gracing my bookshelf as well as the first book in the Mythos Academy series on audio. What I do know is that she is wildly popular and has loyal fans who read both her adult and young adult series. I love seeing action packed, fleshed out urban fantasy series in the young adult genre and Estep’s writing style allows the reader to slip in and connect.

Five Caffeinated reasons to drop what you are doing and read Cold Burn of Magic

  • Our protagonist, Lila Merriweather is a kick-ass, orphaned thief who makes her home in the basement of a library in a town filled with magic. The story takes place in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia where tourists come from all around to see pixies, Fae and monsters. Rich families who are constantly feuding run the town. Estep brought the world to life in vivid three-D imagery from the troll on the bridge to the pixies preparing meals.
  • The characters were unique from zany Mo to the cold and manipulative mother of Devon. Lila is a colorful heroine who I quickly warmed up to. Lila is young and has some baggage but she is also street smart and in some ways wise beyond her seventeen years. Fiercely loyal she has several talents. She is content attending high school by day and thieving by night but she unwittingly finds herself involved in protecting one of the “royal” families’ sons after intervening in a deadly fight. A certain grumpy pixie about stole my heart and the attention to detail with this secondary character was amazing.
  • The story Estep weaves is magical, filled with action and growth for Lila. I would love to see this made into a Disney movie. I can just see the Sinclair mansion on the big screen. Weapons, spider spun jackets and rare talents amped my enjoyment of the world. I have a feeling with the right narrator this would be an amazing listen on audio. Estep weaves in several storylines from the feuding families to Lila’s own past. She satisfied my need to know while leaving room for more details as the story progresses. Villains, a mysterious stranger and betrayal added danger.
  • While there are hints of a budding romance, Estep did not bog this tale down with unnecessary drama, insta-love or triangles. Instead, she hinted at a slow-burning romance.  This added a few swoony moments and left us with the possibility of a future romance. I l found it to be refreshing. The tale wraps up nicely, giving us closure but also an idea of what is to come leaving the reader satisfied.
  • Others suggest a similarity to Estep’s other series but as a newbie, I cannot say. However I will tell you I found it to be fresh and exciting. I am eager to read the Mythos and Elemental series to explore their similarities. The next Black Blade novel, Dark Heart of Magic is coming in October of 2015 and I for one will be waiting.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER’S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER’S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, WIDOW’S WEB and DEADLY STING. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available. HAINTS AND HOBWEBS: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SHORT STORY can be found in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE. Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington.

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71 Responses to “Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am excited and we don’t have long to wait for the next book..

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad I decided to, since the other series are so far into it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was an easy read. I like when you can just slip in and look up hours later:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad to hear that, and guess I will be starting the Elemental series sooner rather then later.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am determined to start the Elemental series

  1. Sophia

    I know I have Mythos academy on to-read list, and yes, I definitely know the feeling. ^^ I usually have this weird feeling from early on in the book if it’s going to be good, bad, or in the middle.

    I do love me some slow-burning romance – glad you really enjoyed the book, Kimba! 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you decide to try this series Sophia!

  2. Jenny

    YEAH KIM!!!!!! So glad Jennifer has found another fan in you! She’s an all time favorite author of mine, I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read. I think you’ll really enjoy the Mythos books and the Elemental Assassin books, both series got better as they went for me. I have a feeling this one will be the same, though I of course loved this first book:)

  3. Lola

    I love Jennifer Estep her books, I recently finished her Mythos Academy series and am hoping to catch up on Elemental Assassin series soon. My copy of Cold Burn of Magic arrived last week and after reading your review I am even more excited to read it! The characters in this book are well done and I like slow building romances! Great review Kimba and I hope I can make time to read this one soon!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo enjoy! I will be curious to see if you feel it’s too similar

  4. Stormi

    I thought this one was okay. I am also a newbie to Estep and have the first to her elemental series on my TBR I thought parts were a tad boring but she was a cool heroine…I am curious to see what happens next.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      That is a shame happens though. Hopefully the next book will win you over completely

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I had nothing to reference, but hope to decide soon

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well if this is sub-par I am freakin’ going to love the Elemental series

  5. Ramona

    I can’t wait to read this! The buzz seems to be unanimously positive 🙂 Lots of people have fallen in love with Lila Merriweather and I’ve got a feeling I will too. I love the idea of a budding romance, hints and moments sound perfect to me. Dazzling review, as usual 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you do Ramona, I had a blast meeting her

  6. Christy

    I love Jennifer Estep! I’ve read and LOVED her Elemental Assassin series and I loved Cold Burn of Magic too. I do see a resemblance in the MC of both of these series in the fact that they are both strong and badass. I still need to read her other YA series 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks for giving me an assessment. I must admit I was curious ..and hello bad-ass similarities are a-ok with me!!

  7. Katherine

    Oh this sounds fun! When my daughter was younger she enjoyed a MG series called Sister’s Grimm that was great and reminds me a bit of this one. I’ll have to look for this one and this author in general.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh, then maybe she will like this one as well.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I m glad..and hope to start Elemental soon

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was really glad the romance was only hinted at.

  8. Christy

    Damn. A lot of people are really loving this. I’ve only read the first two books in her Elemental series, but haven’t been wow’d by it yet. Maybe I should just read this now instead of waiting for more books in the series.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a good one to try and it’s book

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The castle would translate well to the big screen Jeann. I can just see the pixies whizzing around the kitchen preparing meals.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It doesn’t read like typical YA and I tend to stay in the UF, Fantasy and dystopian realm of YA

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Michelle, I am glad I made the decision to read this first

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have the first Mythos on audio and hope to listen this summer 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am looking forward to reading them Candace