Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of MagicSynopsis:

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. . .


My thoughts:

I picked this book up at Netgalley, the synopsis sounded very interesting and it seemed like something I would like.

I did enjoy the book; I really liked the world building, mortals and monsters living side by side more or less peaceful. I wasn’t sure about the whole rival family feuds, but I liked it. It didn’t take the story over as much I thought it would. The aspect of most of the non-mortals having a different kind of magic was interesting to see who had what and what it could do.

The only think I could have lived without as the “soulsight” gift that Lila had. I just didn’t care for it and in my opinion could have done without it just fine. It just took some of the mystery (maybe) away from it.

Of course Lila is special and has more than one power and one of them is so special that nobody can know about it or her life is in danger, well even more in danger than it is already.

Lila, I liked her, but not right away. She had me all over the place. I didn’t like her, I felt bad for her, than I liked her and then she frustrated me to back to liking her again. While it was easy to understand where she came from and why she is the way she is, she still had moments when I was just a little flustered with her, but in the end I really cared for her.

Devon, he also was a great guy, he is the perfect guy but that being said he is almost too perfect. I hope he has some not so perfect moments in the next book.

Claudia, I saw the connection coming but I must say, giving the circumstances I thought she could have been a bit more at the end, maybe a little bit more warmth or so. 

Felix and Oscar were by far my favorite characters of the book and hope to see much more of them, in the upcoming books. The same goes for Mo, I can’t wait to see how things turn out for him.

Overall, I thought it was a great book but it had its slow moments but not enough for me to lose interest. I’m looking forward to see what the second book brings.

I rate it at 3★

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*I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Will be available April 28th 2015

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