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…
"An adventurous ride you will never want to get off." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on Cold Burn of Magic
Lila Merriweather knows just how evil Victor is as he slaughtered her mother. Now, four years later she works for the Sinclair family. Lila has found a home, purpose, friends, and maybe even love but knows full well that unless someone stops Victor all that might be lost forever. Victor has amassed a stock pile of vicious black blades but Lila is on to him and determined to prevent him using them, but is she too late?
I love the Black Blade series which is suitable for young adults. It's set in the same world as Ms Estep's Elemental Assassin stories and we even get nods to the infamous Pork Pit which always makes me smile. Lila has gone from being a wary outsider to someone who has let people in and I loved that her character was allowed to grow.
As a villain Victor is truly evil and doesn't care who his actions hurt. You just know he deserves to fall but can anyone really be stronger than him? Victor is probably the most powerful magic user but Lila has a few tricks up her sleeve and 'friends ' to back her up. There's plenty of action but I was surprised at the juggernaut pacing as I'd hoped for another book. Alas, I fear this might be a trilogy so sadly might have to say goodbye to these wonderful characters. I've never understood the term book hangover until now and now sadly, I do. Fast paced, inventive, and alas for me.....addictive.
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.