PJV Quickie: There are authors and then there are authors like Jennifer Estep. I devour her books and then sit patiently waiting for her next book. Well, sort of patiently. Her books are just so original and well written, someone needs to get this woman an award. A big one, that takes up at least half of a wall. COLD BURN OF MAGIC was another great, original and high-impact title from a great author. A must read. A gotta read!

Review: COLD BURN OF MAGIC by Jennifer Estep is an alternative reality, Urban Fantasy. The story has Young Adult flavoring, but the characters are mature and very independent, so it reads more on the lines of your normal Urban Fantasy. The world of COLD BURN OF MAGIC is full of magic and monsters, but the same kind of tech and advancement that we have today. So, imagine Las Vegas and all the gangsters walking around with swords instead of guns. The city is a big tourist town and all these normal people are drawn to it because of the magic and the magical families (Mobsters with Magic) that run the town.

Lila is a forgotten kid in this crazy city, orphaned and on her own, she’s made her way by stealing from the rich and lining her own pockets. She squats in a basement room of the library and sells her stolen merchandise to a family friend who looks out for her the best he can. Lila has kept her nose clean for the last five years, until one day she decides to save a boy. Now, Lila is wrapped up in family business, blackmailed and probably soon to be dead, since there is going to be a war sooner than later between the biggest families in town, the Draconis, and the Sinclairs.

I loved Lila! I loved the world. I loved the subtle descriptions of Estep as she navigated us through the world as if it was just every day. She doesn’t tell you, she shows you and that is the best part about Estep’s writing. I can’t get enough of this new world she created, the characters are YUMMY, Lila is the perfect blending of kick-ass and hot mess I like in my Urban Fantasy. I can’t rave enough about this book. Read it.

Recommendations: For fans of YA Fantasy/Urban Fantasy – read it. For fans of Urban Fantasy – read it. For fans of authors like Kelley Armstrong – read it. Just read the damn book.

About the Book

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.

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Series: Black Blade #1
Published by Kensington Books on April 28th 2015
ISBN: 1617738247
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade, #2), Bright Blaze of Magic
Also by this author: Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade, #2), Bright Blaze of Magic
5 Stars

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. . .

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep


About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.