A viral Bright Blaze of Magic Creat Jennifer Estep am Ebook Jennifer Estep is a New York Times USA Today and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagi
A viral Bright Blaze of Magic Creat Jennifer Estep am Ebook Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea She is the author of the following series THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone When she s not busy battling bad guys and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals Air, Fire, Ice, and StoneE KILL THE QUEEN SERIES The books focus on Everleigh Blair, a member of the royal family who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life both inside and outside the gladiator arenaE MYTHOS ACADEMY SPINOFF SERIES The books focus on Rory Forseti, a 17 year old Spartan girl who attends the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy Rory s parents were Reapers, which makes her the most hated girl at school But with a new group of Reapers and mythological monsters on the rise, Rory is the only one who can save her academy THE MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17 year old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object s history just by touching it After a serious freak out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, s, and THE BIGTIME SERIES The books take place in Bigtime, New York, a city that s full of heroic superheroes, evil ubervillains, and other fun, zany, larger than life characters Each book focuses on a different heroine as she navigates through the city s heroes and villains and their various battles THE BLACK BLADE SERIES The books focus on Lila Merriweather, a 17 year old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed the most magical place in America Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families or mobs who control much of the town But when she saves a member of the Sinclair Family during an attack, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the two most powerful Families in townR MORE INFORMATION For information on Jennifer and her books, visit her website at JenniferEstep You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for her newsletter on her website jenniferestep contact Happy reading, everyone. 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 WhatBad 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. Good Books Bright Blaze of Magic Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Note: some spoilers for earlier books in this series.The hair-raising adventures of Lila Merriweather conclude in Bright Blaze of Magic, the third volume of Jennifer Estep’s BLACK BLADE young adult urban fantasy series. Lila, age seventeen, is not only a highly skilled thief, but also has amazing sword-fighting abilities and extraordinary magical powers, not to mention championship snarking abilities. In the town of Cloudburst Falls, where magical power is so prevalent that the town attracts tourists who want to see magical people and creatures, people’s magical strength lends itself to political power. Lila is a bodyguard for the Sinclair Family, particularly the son and heir of the family, Devon Sinclair. Since the first book, Cold Burn of Magic, the feud between the Sinclairs and their bitter rivals, the Draconi Family, has been heating up. Now the conflict threatens to explode: Victor Draconi, the evil head of the Draconis, has been stockpiling magical swords and is almost ready to take over the town and stamp out all of the competing Families.At the end of the second book, Dark Heart of Magic, Lila and her friends, Devon Sinclair and Felix Morales, discovered the magical swords in a hidden room in the Draconi castle. Using Lila’s talent for burglary and their friendship with Deah Draconi, Victor’s daughter, they’re now sneaking into the castle and replacing most of the magical swords with ordinary swords. But Victor’s army is so large that just stealing these swords isn’t going to be enough to neutralize the deadly threat that the Draconi Family presents to the other magical families. When Victor and his son Blake suddenly make their move, many people are murdered or captured by the Draconis. Lila and her friends escape and go into hiding, unable to compete head-to-head with the far superior forces that the Draconis command. It seems that Victor holds all the cards … but has he underestimated Lila?Lila dashes from one dangerous situation to another in this fast-paced tale, leading her friends into and out of hazards. Burglary, swordfights, infiltrations of enemy territory, encounters with copper crushers (huge magical venomous snakes), hostage rescues: it’s all in day’s work for these teenagers. Their encounter with the huge lochness monster, who lurks, troll-like, under a bridge and snatches unwary people who cross its bridge without paying the traditional toll, was one of the highlights of the story. We get to know the character of the lochness, one of my favorite monsters from Cold Burn of Magic, just a little better in this final tale in the trilogy. Lila learns about the importance of respect and friendship, even toward monsters … well, excepting the copper crushers.Jennifer Estep’s writing is smooth, if a little young and simplistic for more sophisticated readers. A few of her comments made me chuckle, like this simile:With his black hair, bronze skin, and dark, soulful eyes, Felix was undeniably cute, but Devon was the one who made my heart race like a tree troll hopping from one branch to another.My English professors would have ripped me a new one for a simile like that ... Anyway, the romance content in Bright Blaze of Magic is very mild, but there is a lot of violence and death, although it’s handled in a generally appropriate way for younger readers, without much gore. Occasionally Lila’s ability to handle situations and conquer opponents that are apparently too challenging for all of the adults to handle is over the top, but I think most teen readers won’t be as skeptical about that as I am. If you liked the first two books in this series, Bright Blaze of Magic won’t disappoint. The BLACK BLADE series isn’t particularly deep or complex, but it’s an engaging, fast-paced light fantasy that I think most middle grade and young adult readers will enjoy.