I’m a little sad to say goodbye to this world. Lila, Devon, Felix, the Draconis (well, maybe not them so much) and Sinclairs. Even Tiny! Somehow that little tortoise had plenty of big personality – more than I’ve seen in some human characters in other books or movies.
The big showdown arrives, and for much of the novel Lila and Co. are on the run, just trying to stay alive. We’ve seen in the first two books how Lila has always respected the monsters, like her mother taught her, and Seleste delivers a prophecy to her at the beginning of the book regarding the monsters: “Monsters are your friends. Never forget that.” Don’t forget it as a reader either. In case the cover didn’t clue you in, they have a larger role to play. You’ll realize just how much a part of the story they are.
Bright Blaze of Magic is a fitting and proper finale to the trilogy. You can see that things will surely continue to happen and be exciting and eventful in Cloudburst Falls, but the mafia war aspect of everyone’s lives is no longer such a concern. I wasn’t disappointed with this book (not that I have ever been disappointed with anything by Estep, but it still needs to be stated).
I look forward to doing a reread of this trilogy in the future. It’s always hard to deal with downtime in between books, it’s just the way things are. But I adore the authors who give us these books because they bring so much to look forward to, and I can go back again and again and still notice new things.
I’d meant to have this up a few days before release, and unfortunately here it is, the day after, and I’m just now posting this. I guess it’s really taken me that amount of time to process – or at least put into words – how I feel about this book. Bottom line: I enjoyed it immensely, and I look forward to whatever is next from Estep (especially Gin’s next adventure!).