Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 20, 2015 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 18 Comments

Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer EstepSource: Gift

Format: Paperback

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Date Read: May 2015

Genre: Fantasy, YA

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. . .

More Information:
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Black Blade #1

Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Deadly Sting , Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost
Also in this series: Dark Heart of Magic, Bright Blaze of Magic

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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25

First Thought when Finished: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep was an excellent start to a new adventure!

Quick Thoughts: I don’t read a whole lot of YA but Jennifer Estep has never steered me wrong no matter what the genre. I love her Elemental Assassin Series (Finn is my #1 Book Boyfriend). I enjoyed the Mythos series (Great combo of Mythology and Action). I think the Black Blade series has the potential to be right up there with Gin and crew for me. In fact, Lila has a lot of the same traits that I love in Gin (a bit of a chip, sassy attitude, and loner type of personality). She is young and makes mistakes. Not as many as the rest of us, her life has been to harsh for that but I think we will get to see a lot of learning in her future. The world is fantastic. The action is stellar. The characters are all various shades of interesting and intriguing. I was hooked from the first page to the last and want the next one now!

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Overall Rating
4.5 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
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18 responses to “Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

  1. I do like that Lila has a lot of Gin-type qualities and I think she’s going to evolve into her own person as the series continues (they’re a little too twin-like at the moment). Really enjoyed this one!

    • I liked her BUT I am hoping the next book she breaks into her own mode. I liked her similarities with Gin but felt that there were a lot of ways to make her different too. Really it was the other characters that stole the show πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve yet to try one of Jennifer Estep’s YA books. I might try them once I finish a few of them that I’m in the middle of. I can only do so many at one time. Would you recommend I start with this one or Mythos Academy?

    • Depends on what you are in the mood for: I really liked the Mythos Academy but then again I am a sucker for Greek/Roman mythology. This one is more similar to Gin πŸ™‚

  3. I liked this one too. It has great world buildling, I especially like the monsters. I think the next book will be even better.

    • I loved the Greek/Roman mythology of Mythos and the fact that there were more female characters. That being said this was fun for me. Yep Lila is a total younger version of Gin πŸ™‚