Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

April 19, 2015     Danielle Romero     4.5Stars, ARC, Epic, R2R, reviews

Review: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer EstepCold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Also by this author: Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads
Published by Kensington Books on April 28th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Paranormal, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 368
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. . .

my thoughts

An amazing beginning to what promises to be an amazing new YA series. You may not know, but I actually haven’t read any of Jennifer Estep’s previous novels and I don’t read all that much YA but Cold Burn or Magic was seriously exciting to read and I am so glad that I decided to read it. Cold Burn of Magic follows Lila, a seventeen year old orphan with a Talent for sight and transverse magic. To survive, she does odd jobs that typically involves lying, cheating, and stealing so she’s no angel. Lila finds herself in a bit of a sticky situation when she saves the son of one of the most powerful Families in Cloudburst Falls and ends up being blackmailed for her efforts. What I absolutely loved about this book was that we didn’t get the whiny teenage angst typically found in YA novels and the tidbit of a love story wasn’t super sappy and cheesy, it was believable and relatable. I felt like Lila was a real person and the feelings she was experiencing were genuine.

The world-building in Cold Burn of Magic is top notch and beyond creative. I loved all of the monsters woven in to the story and the tributes required to keep the peace. I think Jennifer has created a truly magnificent world that I am excited to learn more about. As the first book in her Black Blade Series, I think the bar has been set very high and am eager to see what comes next and how Lila will grow as a character. We saw a lot of personal growth in this first installment but I know she still has more and I’m looking forward to reading her journey.

4 half coffee cups


about the author

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of AmericaScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

Jennifer’s books have been featured in CosmopolitanEntertainment WeeklySouthern Living, and a variety of other publications. You can follow her on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

Jennifer’s books are available in print, audio, and e-book formats from a variety of retailers, including the following: Amazon Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million iTunes Kobo Audible /Brilliance Audio