I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #1
Published by Kensington Books on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
I grabbed Cold Burn of Magic from Netgalley months ago. I mean, it’s Jennifer Estep! How could I not?! But then, life happened and IDK what else, but I didn’t read it. And then the most amazing thing happened. Jennifer Estep sent me book two as an ARC to reviw! SQUEEE!!! I mean, talk about honored! And feelings of total guilt because I haven’t read book one yet….
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. . .
Well that problem is now solved. I read Cold Burn of Magic in just four days. In my current life, that’s a huge feat. I went to bed one night at 9, sick and needing sleep. But I wanted to read a little. Next thing I knew, it was 11pm and I was only 1 chapter from finishing the book. Yeah. It was good. But am I really surprised? Nah! Some authors always hit a home run!
If you’ve read Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, you’ll see something of Gin Blanco in Cold Burn of Magic‘s younger heroine, Lila Merriweather. They both have had it rough because their mother’s were brutally murdered. They both grew up fast and turned into fairly brutal fighers *ahem* killers. They both have two magical talents – one that’s fairly common and another that’s pretty rare. So yeah, there’s similarities and so often that’s like a kiss of death. But, while these characters share some similarites – Cold Burn of Magic is incredibly fresh and not slightly stale. The world is very different and, as one can expect from Jennifer Estep, very well done. I felt so immersed in the world and never lost in it. Even though details of the world were constantly being revealed, it never felt like an info dump. It fit just right.
As much as I loved the world – which is a fantastically elaborate world of magic and mob family drama – it was the characters that hooked me. I mentioned that Lila has a lot in common with Gin, and well – what’s not to love about that? I love Gin! But she’s the younger version – with less experience, perhaps a little less jaded… perhaps?… and her youth makes her just a bit more FUN. This is, of course, coming from the girl that gobbles up YA. But still. Her appetite (the girl can eat), the way she just does and says what she’s thinking, just made me love her. And there’s so many secondary characters to love just as much. I particularly loved a grumpy pixy named Oscar with a heart of gold 🙂 I won’t say more, you just have to meet them all for yourself.
While I wish I hadn’t waited to read Cold Burn of Magic, the plus side is that I can dig into the next one immediately. See… procrastination pays off sometimes!
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