Saturday, October 29, 2016
Book Review: Bright Blaze of Magic
Book 3 in the Black Blades series
AUTHOR: Jennifer Estep
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
PREMISE: Victor Draconi finally makes his play against the other families. Lila and her friends get caught in the middle of it...
MY REVIEW: And so another trilogy comes to a close. I'll always have slightly mixed feelings about this one. It's fun, no doubt. It's got Estep's voice written all over it. It's just...a tad predictable. It's not what I'd call must read reading. It's more: if you like urban fantasy a lot sort of reading and are looking to tide yourself over until your next favorite book comes out.
It's got all the standards there, about the only thing that sets this one apart from other urban fantasy series is that there's no love triangle. Yes my friends, you can write a YA series without one! There's still romance and it's all very cute. At least this love interest doesn't make me want to pull the heroine aside and say "girl, he's a sexist douche, run away" like some of these YA male leads can nowadays.
If you've enjoyed the characters and the plot in this series, it's perfectly well worth a read to see it through till the end. Estep brings everything to a satisfying conclusion...it's just a rather predictable conclusion. But I'll take predictable over confusing/makes no sense endings any day of the week, so I say it's a perfectly decent last book.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of the first two books, urban fantasy fans, Jennifer Estep fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five shrugs
RATING FOR TRILOGY: Er....three and a half to four out of five (I can't make up my mind between the two, sorry)