May 19, 2020

Review--Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

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… 

Jennifer Estep’s Bright Blaze of Magic is the final installment in the Black Blade trilogy and it was once again an amazing read! This series was so much fun and is pure paranormal at heart! In this one, Lila will have to fight to save everything she’s fought for as the enemy is about to make his final move.
Lila, Devon, and Felix are about to attend a big Family dinner where all the Families are in attendance. It’s supposed to be a peaceful gathering of sorts, but Lila has a suspicion that this could be the night Victor Draconi makes his move and attack. It turns out her instincts were on par. Now she, Devon, Deah and Felix will do whatever it takes to rescue everyone that Victor captured, which was basically everyone—other Families included.
This book was pretty much gearing up to the battle to end all battles and the pacing was spot on! Just when you think you might know where things are headed, Jennifer makes a few twists and turns to give the reader a rush!
In some ways, this was a rather simple plot but it was filled with many, many different obstacles that Lila would have to overcome. All throughout the two books ahead of this one, she has been wanting to exact her revenge on Victor for killing her mother, but is she strong enough to do it now?
I felt like the tone in this one was definitely more serious than the last book, which had its serious moments no doubt. But there was very little time for happy moments in this one when they have fear for their lives while trying to save the lives of their loved ones. There was also a great deal of bloodshed in this one that surprised me for some reason. We mostly saw this in the aftermath part, and there wasn’t a whole lot of emphasis put into it, but the picture was still pretty clear…lots of bloodshed.
Since the plot was focused on the saving lives part, there was very little time for romance as well. The relationship between Lila and Devon though never faltered, which was nice considering they just finally got together. Felix and Leah rarely had time for any romance as well, so it was a bit of a letdown in that area, but honestly looking back, I’m not upset at all about the lack of kissing. There just wasn’t the time or place for it.
I did like how the relationship between Lila and Deah continued to grow. Leah wasn’t nearly as horrid as her father and brother in the Draconi family. It was a little heart-sickening to know of all the abuse she suffered from her family, but Deah never let that keep her down for long. She was a strong heroine and I would’ve liked to seen more of her.
The ending here was nice and simple…yet there seemed like there was a tease of more possibilities but since this is already four years old, I think that ship might have sailed. It was probably just one of those teasers that gives you hope for a better future and more adventures for our characters, which honestly, is always the best way to end a series.
Bright Blaze of Magic was exactly what one would expect from a finale! It has all the right heart-rushing feels and an excellently paced action filled plot. This is definitely a series that any paranormal fan should check out! It’s quite the entertaining read!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars

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