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.Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #3
Published by Kensington on April 26, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
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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…
In the conclusion to the Black Blade trilogy, Victor Draconi finally sets into motion his plans to take down the Sinclairs and the rest of the mob families. Will Lila live to see a new day? Let’s review!
Based off the two past books in the series, I was guaranteed to enjoy this last installment. There was plenty of action, a dash of romance, and an epic showdown between the families. And yet I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I had hoped. I think the issue lies with the secondary characters. While I truly fell in love with Lila, I never really connected emotionally with any of the Sinclairs or other mob families. It’s a problem when major characters to the novel are in peril and you are pretty “meh” about it. I did enjoy Devon a bit more this time around, but I should have been connected to him since the beginning of the series considering his connection to Lila. Overall, this isn’t a bad book or ending to the series – it’s just not as engaging due to underwhelming characters.
tl;dr Stay for the great action, interesting plot, and Lila being amazing. Skip it if you are not invested in the secondary characters.