Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review: The Cold Burn of Magic

TITLE: The Cold Burn of Magic
Book 1 in the Black Blade series
AUTHOR: Jennifer Estep
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
PUBLISHED: April 28th, 2015
PREMISE: Lila lives in a town known as the most magical place in America. Where rival magic families rule and she gets by on stealing things for clients. Her world gets turned upside down when she breaks one her own rules by helping out the son of one of the powerful magic families.
MY REVIEW: Estep is one of those unsung writers who really deserve more recognition. Her stuff is great. It's always fun. There are very few authors out there who can consistently turn out good entertaining books and she's one of them. Even if they maybe aren't overly challenging books, I've yet to read an Estep book I didn't at least enjoy.
This new series is no exception. The set up is nice and interesting. She explains the world perfectly so you get what's going on. There's a fast pace, there's snappy dialogue, and it's all entertaining as hell. There are a few familiar tropes here and there, but there's enough little twists in the plot to keep you interested.
Overall, this was a good introduction to an interesting looking series. Not exactly groundbreaking, but Estep manages to once again deliver an entertaining romp that makes me look forward to the next book.
WHO SHOULD READ: Estep fans, urban fantasy fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five magic items

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