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Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

I've heard great things about author Jennifer Estep. She has a long standing urban fantasy series that sounds right up my alley, but I've never got a chance to start it. So, when I saw that she was beginning a new series, I knew I had to grab it, especially after I saw that beautiful cover!


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Title: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade)ir?t=stacey02 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1617738247

Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Kensington via NetGalley

Release date: April 2015

Pages: 368


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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. . .




Lila Merriweather is a thief who steals from those who won't report the crime…like the mob families that rule the town. She's quick, she's fast and she doesn't get caught. But when she sees a handsome young man being kidnapping, she makes a mistake—she intervenes. As a ‘reward' for keeping him safe, she is coerced into becoming his new protector, and her very private life becomes public. Now people from all sides are hunting them, and she must decide whom to trust. If she chooses wrong, she'll die protecting others just like her mother.


This books started off great, full of action and suspense. I enjoyed getting to know Lila and her snarky anti-social views on life. She doesn't trust anyone, especially not the cute guy she's now supposed to guard. The interaction between Lila and Devon was a hoot, the way they danced about their attraction and their suspicions of each other. I loved learning about their Talents and the magic of the realm, not to mention the monsters who inhabit the world. Unfortunately, I wanted more. There was a depth to the book that was missing. Cold Burn of Magic felt like an urban fantasy, but without all the normal violence and angst…my favorite parts. So while I enjoyed this unique book and found it clever, it felt like it was written for younger readers.

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