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…
"An adventurous ride you will never want to get off." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on Cold Burn of Magic
Four stars: An exciting and satisfying finale.
Lila can't shake her feeling of dread. Even though she, Devon, Felix and Claudia ensured the safety of the ruling families by stealing and stashing Victor's hidden cache of black blades, Lila worries that he is still up to something sinister and dangerous. Her worry only increases as the dinner for the families draws near. When Victor doesn't show up on time, and the Draconi guard is lacking in numbers, Lila's stomach is tied in knots. Things quickly come to a head, and Lila finds herself in a dangerous spot. She must make some tough decisions in hopes of saving all of the people she loves. Will Lila be able to defeat Victor?
What I Liked:
- A finale in a series is always a book I head into with trepidation. Will the story deliver everything I hope? Will it end satisfactorily? I am happy to report that Black Blade of Magic was a terrific conclusion to an electrifying series. I closed the book happy and content.
- I loved that this book was action packed and full of danger from the get go. There is hardly a moment to catch your breath. You are barraged with one exciting scene after another. I enjoyed the thrill ride. This is a page turner.
- I continue to love the characters. Lila was a bit prickly a first, but I have grown to love her. I appreciate her tenacity, her courage and her loyalty. Devon continues to be swoon worthy with his noble and brave behavior as well as his compassion and kindness. Oscar and his turtle, Tiny, continue to make me smile. I also enjoyed Deah in this book, she rises to the occasion. All in all, a fun cast.
- The book wouldn't be as exciting without a dangerous villain you love to hate, and Victor Draconi fits the bill. He is dastardly, black hearted and merciless. He makes you shudder.
- The romance continues to be just right. I like that it is subtle and simple. It is a nice backstory, without drama or love triangles. I loved it.
- The ending is fast and furious with plenty of excitement and danger. Once the dust settles, everything concludes nicely, however, the door is left open a crack for the possibility of a sequel? I am not sure if there will be anymore books in this series, but one can hope.
And The Not So Much:
- I was a tiny bit disappointed that there weren't any big reveals or shocking twists. The story played out pretty straightforward. I was expecting a twist.
- As I mentioned, there were a couple of loose ends, not a big deal, but it certainly made me wonder if the story was over or if more books are to come?
- This is a book that I would recommend for older readers as there was quite a bit of violence in it, nothing overly graphic, but still it is best for older teenagers.
- I wished that there was more with Seleste, I found her fascinating, and I wanted to understand her better, especially when it comes to her abilities.
Dark Blaze of Magic is an exciting and fitting ending to a terrific, action packed series. I loved the characters and the story, and I appreciated that the romance was without drama and love triangles. This was a thrilling conclusion to another wonderful series by Ms. Estep. If you haven't' tried anything by this author, you need to, I think her books are fantastic.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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