Have you ever been sad that a series you’ve loved is ending and yet in the same thought been happy that it was instead of being drawn out further than necessary?
Well, that’s how I felt as I read the last line of Bright Blaze of Magic. I want more, but am very happy with where we are saying farewell to the cast of characters I’ve come to adore.
With the third and final installment of the Black Blade series we find Lila, Devon, Felix and their eclectic groups of friends preparing for the war that Victor Draconi has planned against the Families and not everything goes as they expected. Some things I saw coming, others were a surprise, but all of them kept me turning the pages until the final showdown with Victor happened and the aftermath of it was definitely satisfying.
I’ve loved getting to know Lila, Devon, Felix, Oscar, Deah and the rest of the characters (including the monsters) more and have enjoyed how each of them, and their relationships with each other, have grown throughout the series. True, the timeline for the series was only a few months, but a lot has happened and each one of them have come out of each situation stronger in one way or another.
This series had me laughing, cringing, growling, sitting at the edge of my seat and even getting a little sniffly as I read it and though this is goodbye to the Cloudburst Falls crew, IF there is even a hint that Ms. Estep has decided to revisit any of them I will most definitely be one of the first in line to get my hands on that book!
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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. 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…
I’m a Southern gal through and through. Sassy, sarcastic, and just a tad crazy. I spent my formative years doing the usual kid things – playing, hanging out with my friends, and making up wild stories in my head. It’s the last one that’s gotten me into trouble.I don’t remember the first book I read. Or the second. Or even the third. But somewhere along the way, I fell in love with books and reading. Fairy tales, fantasies, adventure stories, mysteries, romances, westerns. As a kid, I read every book that I could get my hands on.
My mom, bless her, encouraged this obsession by taking me to the library every week. It’s one of my favorite childhood memories. Most folks think penicillin, indoor plumbing, and the Internet are the world’s best inventions. Not me. The greatest thing ever created was a library. Indoor plumbing is a close second, though.
The more I read, the more I thought about writing my own stories. I penned a few poems and short stories over the years, mainly for class assignments. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I wanted to write books for a living.
In college, I majored in English because of my love of books. But what can you do with an English degree? I didn’t know. One semester, I got a job with the college newspaper and discovered you could write stories and make a respectable living. Since that light-bulb moment, I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism, and a master’s degree in professional communications. Currently, I’m an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper.
Now, after many, many years of toil and trouble, I’ve achieved my dream of being a bona fide, published, fiction author. I plan to keep on keeping on – writing, dreaming, making up wild stories in my head.
And getting myself into trouble.