Lissa's Review: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
PUBLISHER: Audible Studios
NARRATOR: Brittany Pressley
RELEASED: September 29, 2015
GENRE: YA, PARANORMAL, URBAN FANTASY
LENGTH: 9 hours and 56 minutes
FORMAT: EBOOK, PAPERBACK,
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. . .
FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS
I had a craving to listen to a paranormal/urban fantasy. Sara, the lover of this genre, Loves Estep. She read the whole elemental assassin series. So I browsed and came upon Cold Burn of Magic. After listening to the sample, I instantly loved the Narrator. So I said what the heck! if Sara loves her, then I will too lol.
Anyways, on a more serious note. I loved Cold Burn of Magic. It was exactly what I was looking for and I loved this world. Lila has been on her own, since the death of her mother. Somewhat hiding in plain site. This is until she saves Devon Sinclair. One of the major families in this small, magic town. A town full of bright lights and monsters hiding in the darkness.
There are also about a ton of secrets. I was moved by this story more than I thought I would. I love a good kicks ass girl character and I think Lila was even more than that. There was danger, magic, and mystery all thrown in together. This is probably one of the best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy I’ve read/listened to in a long time. Her writing style, it just draws you in. It’s easy to listen/read. Even though it’s a whole different world, you fell into it.
The Narrator, Brittney Presley, Amazing! she gave every character their own voice. Really made this story, jump off the pages.
Overall, I give Cold Burn of Magic, Five Boundless Stars. I already can’t wait to jump into, #2