Bright Blaze of Magic is the third book in the Black Blade trilogy by Jennifer Estep. All the events in books one, two and three take place in the span of one summer in the magical tourist trap known as Cloudburst Falls.
Lila Merriweather is sassy, clever, strong, sneaky, and hilarious. Honestly, Lila is everything you could want and hope for in a book’s heroine. She’s a go-getter. You need something done? Lila’s got the bad-ass stealth and fighting skills to get the job done.
Lila is the star of the series not just because she is the heroine or that she has an awesome supernatural ability, but rather because of whom she is as a person. She’s kind, caring and brave. Lila’s fiercely protective of those she cares about.
The town Lila lives in isn’t just oozing with magical creatures like; tree trolls, copper crushers and the lochness monster, it’s also chock-full of mobsters. Since birth, Lila’s mother taught Lila to respect the local monsters and distance herself from the mobsters. In Cloudburst Falls, there’s humans that are even more “monster” than the monsters.
Since book one Cold Burn of Magic, the main plot of the series has been building towards Victor Draconis (head of the Draconis family mob) attacking Claudia Sinclair (head of the Sinclair family mob), as well as any other families that side with the Sinclairs. This attack actually happens in the first couple chapters of Bright Blaze of Magic. I loved how we were able to jump right into the action however, the middle part of the book, which occurred in about a 24 hour span was very long and dare I say lackluster. Claudia, Mo and the majority of the Sinclairs are kidnapped by Victor, while the rest of the gang, Lila, Felix and Devon are working to get them back. A lot of the middle section felt like filler. I think Bright Blaze of Magic could have been just as a compelling story if a quarter or so of the book had been shaved off.
The last section of the book however was great! It was full of action and shocking twists. I had chills of excitement during the final showdown between the Draconis’ and Sinclairs.
I really enjoyed the Black Blade series but I don’t love it like I did Estep’s Mythos Academy series. I’m sad to say goodbye to Lila, but I feel like her character arc peaked. I don’t think I want to read another book in her POV but I’d definitely be into another character taking over, say Deah, who still has a lot of emotions to work through. A magical place like Cloudburst Falls filled with monsters, mobsters, and mayhem definitely has more stories to tell that I’d be interested in!
If you like snarky heroines that kick ass, a lot of action, slow budding romance and of course the lochness monster, you should checkout this series. It’s so easy to jump into these books and have a great time!