Cold Burn of Magic - Jennifer Estep

Seventeen-year-old thief, Lila Merriweather, lives in the magical tourist town of Cloudburst Falls. While at her friend pawn shop, she becomes involved in a feud between the town two most powerful families, the Draconis and the Sinclairs.


I have to admit when I started this novel I was a little nervous. Once I have a book, I usually don’t look at other reviews, so I can form my own opinion. When I just started reading this book, I happened to stumble upon a post that said they put this book on their DNF list, and I was bummed. I’m glad I did not let that deter me from reading this story. I can see how the beginning might not interest some people, but I think it contains necessary information that is needed in the rest of the story. In my opinion, Cold Burn of Magic was an interesting narrative that felt unique; the more I read, the harder it became to put down.


In this world, there are normal mortals and there are magicks with varying talents and power levels. Some talents are common and others are extremely rare, like that talent Lila Merriweather keeps a secret.


The story is told from our heroine, Lila’s viewpoint. She has had a hard life living on her own after her mother’s death. Hiding to stay out of foster, she becomes a thief in order to survive. She is a fighter, literally and figuratively.


I really like Devon Sinclair. He is a good person. He is loyal and responsible. As second in command in the Sinclair family, he is a good leader. He feels guilt for those he feels suffer because of their allegiance to him.


Lila and Devon have a lot in common. They both keep secrets. They both do what they feel is right. They are strong individuals who are committed to the ones they care about. Plus, their lives seem to be intertwined.


I really enjoyed the plot. Jennifer Estep does a great job with foreshadowing and character development. She created an interesting world full of fantasy an intrigue. Cold Burn of Magic is an excellent foundation for the Black Blade series. I look forward to the next book, Dark Heart of Magic, expecting to be released on October 27, 2015.


Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.