Cold Burn of Magic is Light YA Urban Fantasy Just the Way I Like It.

Cold Burn of Magic is Light YA Urban Fantasy Just the Way I Like It.

Strong and snarky female protagonists make me very happy, and when you throw some magic, monsters, and the mob into the mix, I’m all in.  This was light and enjoyable, and I was surprised by the reveal.  I think this is a solid four stars, and fans of Estep’s other books won’t be disappointed.  

Seventeen year old Lila is a tough girl with a street smart mentality and enviable fighting abilities, and that is before you factor in her impressive magical talents.  Losing her mom has taught her that the best way to keep from getting hurt is to keep from getting involved.  When she reluctantly saves the heir to one of the magical mob families in her magical tourist trap of a town, she knows she’s made a mistake.  Blackmailed into guarding the heir she saved, Lila just has to survive the year of her contract to gain her own freedom.  Lila is a narrator with attitude, and readers will have no trouble adapting to her perspective and seeing this strange little corner of the world through her cynical eyes.  She manages to be a complicated enough character that she is interesting, but she never crosses a line that will alienate her from readers.  Several of the characters are just as engaging and dynamic, creating a world of living, breathing individuals who I honestly grew to care about.  While there is a lot of character development, it is woven flawlessly into consistently paced action, leaving little time for readers to grow bored.  The world the author creates is pretty engaging as well.  The stuff of fairytales and folklore reside in Lila’s world, and it is just familiar enough and the magical system is simple enough that readers will be able to navigate this light fantasy with ease.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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  1. Pingback: Bright Blaze of Magic – Jennifer Estep wraps up her YA Urban Fantasy series | Handheld Dream

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