Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

25923471Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Black Blade #3

It was a good ending to the trilogy, but nothing surprised me which is why I’m not giving it a higher rating. I was hoping something shocking would have happened. Basically all hell broke loose which was expected based on what was learned about Victor’s plans in the last book. Then it was up to Lila to save the day. Sure she had special powers, but she was only a teenager. It seemed ridiculous that fate of all of the families fell on a 17 year old girl.

It picked up right where the last book left off with Lila and the others trying to get the one up on Victor. At the beginning there was a dinner with all of the families. Lila had a feeling something would go wrong. It was very predictable. As soon as the dinner was mentioned I knew how things would play out. I was disappointed none of the characters figured it out since many of them knew Victor was power hungry. They should have been able to put two and two together.

Lila was the mastermind behind the plan save everyone. Her friends were there to back her up, but didn’t contribute anything useful on an intellectual level. I would have liked it more if they had been equals rather than Lila being the leader/hero.

None of the other characters did anything unexpected. This book needed some kind of betrayal or a character whose loyalty was wavering. Things ended up how I thought they would which kept the book from being suspenseful. I know this review sounds negative, but I really did like it. I just wasn’t blown away by it.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.


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