NetGalley Review: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep

K-Teen To Be Published April 28, 2015 368 Pages
To Be Published April 28, 2015
368 Pages

Lila has been living on her own since her mother died. In a world where monsters truly exist, magic defines who you are and elite families are constantly trying to kill each other to control the city, Lila has a lot to hide from.

Add in the fact that she possesses talents that can make her extremely powerful, Lila has reason to stay under the radar but when she jumps into a fight that she really needs to stay out of her once hidden identity comes to light in the worst way possible.

Let’s jump right into this . . .

Although this was a good read it is extremely easy to tell what influenced this writer.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass and The Falconer by Elizabeth May.

Literally in that order. It is not to say that Estep didn’t bring something new to the table or create her own story but some of the aspects from these other books really came through in Cold Burn of Magic.

I liked Lila she was very blunt and honest with herself and the situations she was in. I really loved her thought process and how she paid really close attention to detail. In most YA book the blunt girl that isn’t blunt because she is naive but because she doesn’t have time for games is rare.

Oddly enough the person that was naive was the love interest. I really didn’t like him. He was too innocent and noble. It made him unrealistic. I really couldn’t and still can’t see a romance between the two but the author does a decent job of expressing a mutual attraction between the two.

I enjoyed the pace of the book, I enjoyed the mythology and how easy it fit into the world. What I didn’t like was how I was able to spot three books into this novel. It bothers me because it shows a lack of originality. Even though the author was able to create its own and keep me interested, it still sucked.

Overall I look forward to the second book and some more original thought.

3 Pickles

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