I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #3
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Published by Audible on 04-26-16
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
Audio | Goodreads
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…
If you ask Lila Merriweather how she spent her summer break, she would tell you that she became a team player, made some friends, has a new boyfriend, and helped take down some bad guys. You know the typical teenager’s summer.
Bright Blaze of Magic was a nice wrap up of the Black Blade trilogy by Jennifer Estep. Lila gets her closer from the past and a has bright looking future with the Sinclair family.
Well done Estep! I like that Lila’s story was told in a trilogy, there was no unnecessary over-drawn drama that you get with some long running series. Estep gives you some fun characters, action, mystery and a little violence (I would have liked to see more blood and death but I’m a little dark that way LOL). Seriously I kept thinking “oh, this character is going to die”, “this character should die” and then “finally that character died”. Estep did a good job of balancing the dark with the light in Bright Blaze of Magic.
The Black Blade trilogy is a series that both young and “old” adults can enjoy. I highly recommend it on audio. Brittany Pressley has become a favorite narrator of mine and I waited for the audio this time around. She delivers a great performance for the whole trilogy. Her voice is youthful enough for the “kid” characters and still mature enough for the adults and she adds just enough of a Southern twang to Lila’s voice. I’ve listened to other audiobooks narrated by Pressley, she truly performances the stories in lieu of just reading them.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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