Cold Burn of Magic : Black Blade

  • by Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by Brittany Pressley
  • Series: Black Blade
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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....


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Spider, Elmental Assassin, with different names!

What would have made Cold Burn of Magic better?

This entire story is just Gin, the Spider, renamed and relocated. The plot, back story, tragic history is exactly the same. This book would have been better if it had an original plot with original characters!

What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Created new characters and an original plot.

Would you be willing to try another one of Brittany Pressley’s performances?

She has a fairly annoying voice, in my opinion. However, it could be just what she used for this performance. I'd definitely sample the book before purchasing it.

What character would you cut from Cold Burn of Magic?

It's not a matter of cutting characters. It's just that these are the same characters the Elemental Assassin series.

Any additional comments?

I feel that these characters and the plot show a lack of imagination. I love the Elemental Assassin series and am disappointed to see those characters refashioned in this lazy attempt at writing. I'll be very hesitant to purchase outside the original series in the future.

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- Sharon A.

A lot of similarities to Elemental Assassin

This was a really fun read. I can't say that there weren't several times where I felt like it was a redux of Gin Blanco. Toward the beginning, I was really distracted by the similarities. However, the narrative kicked in and I found myself enjoying, DESPITE the likeness.

My Estep has created another magic based world, but this time characters have a "talent" rather than an elemental ability. Once again, we see a town where mob-like families rule the roost and prey on those with fewer resources. Oh, and this time the setting is West Virginia, instead of Kentucky. So, the world is not very different from the world in which Gin lives.

As for the main character of this series, Lila is in many ways like a younger Gin, being just a teenager. She's a plucky orphan whose mother was killed by the top Mob Boss of the town. She is full of bluster and attitude and raw talent. Her profession, however, is that of a thief, rather than assassin, but she is also a trained fighter.

If you look at some details too closely, like why teenagers are acting as bodyguards and high level family representatives, things don't always add up. But, if you are a fan of Gin, you know that you will have to take some logical leaps (because let's face it, the best assassins don't routinely risk themselves by getting up close and personal with their targets). However, just like most of the Elemental Assassins, if you let go, the narrative can be pretty darn enjoyable.
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- DarthVal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios