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Book Review: Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep

Kensington To Be Published April 26, 2016 368 Pages
To Be Published April 26, 2016
368 Pages

Lila wants Victor Draconi, the man that killed her mother and wants to destroy every Sinclair, dead. And although being a thief has helped her thus far, killing the most dangerous man in her world will be a lot harder than smart talking Lila may be able to handle.

This series is one of those series magic lovers should read.  If you haven’t read the series, check out my review for book one here and then check out book two.

I am actually glad this book has ended but not in the ‘Oh thank goodness it is done’ but in the what spin off is the author going to do. I thought this was a well written and entertaining final book but I did have my issues.

My issue was Lila. She was annoying and it felt like she was trying to hard. Not the author, which is weird because the author is the one that wrote Lila but still. Lila was trying to keep that hard ass girl with a soft heart routine too much and throughout the story it just got too much to not roll my eyes at.

The thing about this book is a lot happens really fast to the point where you are scratching your head wondering where the story is going? Estep didn’t disappoint but despite the fast moving/constant issues, the book in a whole was a slow read. At one point I felt the author was doing too much; not that the book was complicated, because it wasn’t, but there was so much going on that kept making Lila the end all be all and it was unbelievable, I guess. It felt like a stretch.

I do wish there was more mythology in this book and the series overall.

What I did like about this book was the surrounding characters, even though they proved to be weak. *Kanye Shrug* I loved the plot, although I wish this was more of group effort and not a one woman show. I also loved the fact that the romance didn’t take over the story and ruin the lives of the characters.

Despite it all this was a good series and I recommend it. I also hope there is a spin-off . . . it feels like there will be a spin-off.

3 Pickles



NetGalley Review: Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep

Kensington To Be Published Oct. 27, 2015 368 Pages
Kensington Books
To Be Published Oct. 27, 2015
368 Pages

If you haven’t read the first book or need a refresher check out my review here.

Lila is a thief but standing to the shadows becomes an impossible task when the Sinclair family make their new guard (Lila) compete in the Tournament of Blades. 

Now Lila is up against Devon and others she care about while also trying to figure out the plot mobster Victor Draconi is creating to take down the Sinclair family. 

Is he the one killing murdering monsters around Cloudburst Falls or is it someone more sinister?

Book two was way better than book one and I applaud the author for that.

In book one my biggest issue was being able to spot the influence of three different books. I got over that because you really don’t notice it after the first book. However, I do get tired of teenagers fighting each other for the affection, love, protection or whatever for their parents or some kind of adult. This scene is extremely over used. But the author used it well to keep the story going and it was done well.

I still didn’t like Devon although he did grow up from the first book. He wasn’t as wide eyed innocent but it also wasn’t the best love interest either. I still feel that their romance is a bit forced even when Lila decided to take it to another level.

Lila grew as well and I felt that she has a better handle of her abilities and also of who she is. A lot of questions were answered and no it didn’t explain who Lila was but they were nice to know. Interestingly enough in the first book there wasn’t a need to have anything answered; even in book two there isn’t a need for it so it was a lovely bonus for me to find out somethings about her mom.

I did really enjoy the twist in the book. There was some predictability, but it wasn’t too much that I couldn’t enjoy the book. The author did a good job tying a bunch issues together into one bigger picture. It wasn’t too complicated in which someone can get lost but it was complicated enough to keep things exciting.

Despite the goods in this book the author lost points for the crappy ending. Oddly, enough I saw it coming and that was extremely disappointing.

I look forward to the last book.

3.5 Pickles