Series: Black Blade

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Posted May 13, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

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Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer EstepBright 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
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
Source: Author
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars

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…

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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.

 

 


Review Breakdown
Characters
four-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

About Brittany Pressley

Brittany Pressley is an audiobook narrator, songwriter, and vocal producer in New York City. She has narrated several audiobooks, including works by Alyson Noel and R. L. Stine. Her notable screen credits include being a newscaster on FOX Kid’s News and playing Courtney in the Fox Television Network series Swans Crossing. Pressley also has a background in theater, having played Peaseblossom in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Maria in The Sound of Music for Carey Productions. She has also done both regional and national commercial spots and PSAs for TV and Radio, including MasterCard, Nickelodeon, and MTV.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Dark Heart of Magic, the second book in the series, will be released on Oct. 27.

She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. For more information on her books, visit Jennifer’s website at www.jenniferestep.com.

Review Breakdown
Characters
four-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

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