I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade, #1) By: Jennifer Estep
Series: Blake Blade #1
Published on April 28th 2015
Published by Kensington
Genres: Urban Fantasy
There Be Monsters Here. . .
It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.
But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .
I really enjoyed the world setting and the concept of this book, the idea of interesting magic abilities, paranormal creatures and mafia magic family that mangled with each other just made me really happy. However, I thought the characters of the book didn’t turned out as memorable as I would’ve hope so.
At the beginning I thought Lila’s story was interesting, since Lila’s mother past away, Lila was on her own at a young age. She lived under a public library, goes to normal public school, and she steals for living. She also have couple magic abilities, with one being very unique, which she intended to never reveal to anyone. Lila’s character was pretty kick-butt, she was tough and skillful. She didn’t come from a wealth family, but she held her own pretty well.
And then there was Devon
Sinclair, Devon came from wealth and status, he was the sole heir of Sinclair family. I thought it was quite odd Devon
was out shopping with only one bodyguard, it made no sense if his was constantly in danger. It would turned out Devon also had a very rare magic ability as well, and he could potentially be quite powerful. But in the end I wasn’t too impressed with Devon. Mainly because he was mostly restricted from his magic, and quite helpless throughout the book,
Everything was going great for me, until the potential romance plot appears, I couldn’t help but to be a little disappointed that, as soon as Lila met Devon, she was enthralled, and fascinated by anything of him. Although the actual romance part weighted very little in the book, so it didn’t overshadowed the story. At first it would seen Devon and Lila couldn’t be more different from each other, but later in the book it would revealed that Devon and Lila were more alike than they originally thought.
The story plot begin strong, but slowly transition into a somewhat predictable one. I did enjoyed the suspense in the story, but how each scene was set up, I felt I could see them coming before it happens, in the end I wasn’t too surprised when the bad guy revealed himself. There were bumps and actions where Lila really demonstrated her skills, and how much she really kick-butt in the book. However as kick-butt as Lila was, Lila was blackmailed again and again into helping the Sinclair family. In a way I thought Lila has became a tool for means to the end, she was a girl that held the power to eliminate the most evil guy.
I would like to see more developments in the mafia angle, I think it could really enchanted the story, but that’s just me, I like mafia novels. If I were to pick a favorite character right now, it would be the drunken fairy, Oscar. He was bold and rude, definitely stood out among other not so memorable characters. Overall I thought Cold Burn of Magic kick-off to a good start, and I can’t wait to read the next book.