~ Cold Burn Of Magic by Jennifer Estep ~
(Black Blade #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Date of Publication: April 28th 2015 by Kensington
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. . .
~ My Review ~
I got Cold Burn Of Magic from NetGalley ages ago and I just got around to read it. I kind of was in a YA reading slump, but once I picked this book up, it pulled me out right away.
I instantly liked Lila. Before I started this book I feared she would turn out like Gwen, main hero of Estep’s Mythos Academy, but thankfully Lila was a lot better. She wasn’t as harmless and useless as Gwen. No, Lila knew how to fight and how to use her abilities to her advantage. Also she didn’t take shit from anybody. I really liked her.
Devon, the one Lila has to protect, was quite charming and I felt sorry for him, because a lot of people try to kill him.
I can’t really decide who my favourite side characters is: Mo, Felix or Oscar? I liked everyone equally. They all had really interesting personalities.
I liked the whole ideas with the different Talents and I’m curious to see what other Talents are still out there, in Jennifer Estep’s world.
The one thing I was kind of disappointed about though, was the fact that I pretty much knew from the beginning who the bad guy was. Not that that took any fun out of the book.
All in all, it was a really entertaining read with likeable characters and I can’t wait to read more.
Rating: 4,5 stars