by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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…
Bright Blaze of Magic is the last book in Jennifer Estep’s urban fantasy trilogy Black Blade. Action packed; with intense struggles over evil, our heroine leads the charge in restoring order to Cloudburst Falls.
I was a tad nervous beginning Bright Blaze of Magic as last books tend to disappoint me but Estep delivered capturing my attention from the onset. Lila along with Devon, Felix and Deah work together to foil Victor Draconi plans to rule Cloudburst Falls. Revenge, love, magic, and promises of a final battle has me slipping into this world once again.
Bright Blaze of Magic was a well-developed conclusion to the overall trilogy. Readers are rewarded with answers regarding Lila’s mother and Victor’s obsession. I had fun seeing the personal development of Lila as we learned more about her and her abilities. Interactions with monsters, supernatural creatures and time spent within the Sinclair castle made Cloudburst Falls a magical place.
One of my favorite aspects of the trilogy has been time spent getting to know Lila and witnessing her growth. The stories told from her POV giving us insight into this humorous, resilient young woman. When the Bright Blade trilogy began, Lila was very much a loner. She was a brilliant thief, fearless and wise beyond her years but there was sadness to her. As her story progressed, we witnessed her opening up, trust in others, and assume a role of leadership. Above all we witness her taking a leap of faith.
The romance throughout the series has been delightfully free of young adult pitfalls such as drama and triangles. The romance strengthened and remained sweet. Devon is a valiant hero but I loved that Lila was the stronger character. While it stayed firmly in the background, fans of the series and couple still get a few swoon-worthy scenes to curl their toes.
What truly made this story aside from the cool, freakin’ magical world that is Cloudburst Falls was the plot of good vs. evil. Estep executed intense action scenes and had me holding my breath as our motley crew of heroes faced their opponents. Our villain is ruthless and Estep does not spare us from loss, pain and anger. She perfectly balanced the dark and light creating an ebb and flow that had me devouring this tale in a single afternoon.
Bright Blaze of Magic wrapped up nicely while still leaving the door open for our return. A chance this reader would gladly welcome.
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