Review - Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Narrated by Brittany Pressley
Series: Black Blade #3
Publisher: Kensington Books / Audible Studios
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Date Read: May 21, 2020
Length: 320 pages / 10 hours 38 minutes
Source: Publisher / Purchased
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…
My Review

I am so glad that I finally read this book!  I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this book near its release date but it fell through the cracks somehow.  As more time passed, I realized that I would need to refresh my memory of the first two books in the trilogy before I could review the book properly so I put off reading it.  I decided to push this book to the top of my list recently and it was a very good decision.  I thoroughly enjoyed my re-read of the first two books in the trilogy and was eager to experience this book for the first time.  I really had a good time with this one.

This is a trilogy that really needs to be read in order.  Things have been building to the events in this book for the entire trilogy and I was excited to see how things would work out.  Victor Draconi has been working towards a plan to eliminate the other Families and take control of everything himself.  Lila and the other Sinclairs are aware of his plan and they are working to do whatever they can to stop him.

This story was exciting and there were a few scenes that were incredibly action-packed.  There were a few scenes where I was really worried about how things would work out for this group of characters that I have grown to care for and some scenes that broke my heart.  I loved the way that the monsters and magical abilities were such a vital part of the story.  It was great to see Lila really become a trusted member of the Sinclair Family as they came together with the other Families to fight a common threat. 

Brittany Pressley did a fantastic job with the narration once again.  I looked forward to putting my headphones on and escaping into Lila's world for a few hours.  I really felt like she brought this story to life.  She did a fantastic job with all of the character voices and brought a lot of emotion into her reading.  I believe that her narration added to my enjoyment of this story. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a wonderful trilogy set in a very interesting world.  I had a great time going on this adventure with Lila, Devon, Felix, Oscar, and the rest of the characters.  I cannot wait to read more of Jennifer Estep's work.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.
Black Blade Series
Book #1 - Cold Burn of Magic - My Review
Book #2 - Dark Heart of Magic - My Review
Book #3 - Bright Blaze of Magic
About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author who prowls the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. In addition to Kill the Queen, Jennifer is also the author of the Elemental Assassin, Mythos Academy, Black Blade, and Bigtime series.


  1. I should really try this trilogy, shouldn't I? After all, I love when a story is so exciting and action-packed! In this genre, that is a winning key ;) Glad you loved this last instalment, Carole!

  2. This sounds like so much fun and a great way to end the trilogy. Glad you enjoyed it, Carole!

  3. I enjoy this author but I haven't read this series. It's so satisfying when you get to those you have had on the shelf and they are good.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. Way to go getting a book dusted off the back shelf. This trilogy is one I want to read some day after seeing the great reviews.

  5. Sounds like this one really finished strong for you! Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. You know I read the first two and for some reason I never got around to this one and don't know why! Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. I love/hate/love when an author gets you genuinely concerned about the well-being of a character. I hate the worrying but love when they actually put a character at risk. Seanan McGuire excels at that, and has been known to kill off characters.

    Nice review!

  8. I just listened to a sample of Brittany Pressley and I think I'd like her narration. I'm going to add this series to my TBR. I think my husband would like the series too. :)

  9. I am glad you had a good time with this series.

  10. It's always so satisfying when you can adore the finale in a series just as much as you liked the other ones in the series. And it sounds like rereading the first two was definitely worth it to enjoy the series to the max!

  11. An online friend has kindly sent me the first two books in the series and will send on the third when she is finished with it, so I'll certainly give the series a try!

  12. lovin' those covers and think this would be a series i would enjoy too
    sherry @ fundinmental

  13. I hope to get started on the series this summer. So many good reads out there and so little time. LOL

  14. This looks fun! Love when a book I've kind of put to the side for whatever reason ends up being fantastic. Sounds like the perfect time to repick up this trilogy.


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