Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade (# 1)
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 368
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

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. . .


Review: I had a hard time getting into this book. I was slightly confused in the beginning but as I kept reading it started to make a lot more sense and I needed to keep reading. I absolutely loved this new world that Estep created. It is a perfect mix of paranormal and mafia families. Totally a new way at looking at Urban Fantasy.

Lila was so awesome. What a strong, intelligent, and witty character. She knew her strength and used her skills to protect others. Lila definitely has a chip on her shoulder but she really does have a good reason for it. There is a huge need for revenge in her. Lila’s mother was murdered and she blames the family that she is now working for.

I really do not know if I could be as strong as Lila is. She somehow survives on the streets for 4 years and is able to fight off all the trouble she does. I love how she is a stronger enforcer than all the other men in her life.

The secondary characters are pretty fantastic! I so would love a pixie like Oscar. Honey beer drinking, trailer living and honky-tonk listening pixie is almost a perfect combination if you are asking me. He tends to be quite angry but he also has reason to be.

If you are looking for romance there is very little. You see relationships blossoming but the main focus of the book is introducing you to the world created and all the characters. I can not wait till the next book. It was totally a change of pace to what I have been reading.

Anyone that is a fan of Rachel Van Dyken’s Elite series and paranormal/urban fantasy novels should give this book a try.