Bright Blaze of Magic Audiobook by Jennifer Estep (REVIEW)

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Review of: Bright Blaze of Magic Audiobook
Jennifer Estep

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On May 8, 2016
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Bright Blaze of Magic Audiobook

By: Jennifer Estep

Narrated by: Brittany Pressley

Published by: Audible Studios 04/26/16

Bright Blaze of Magic Audiobook by Jennifer Estep

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Black Blade #3

10 hrs and 38 mins

YA urban Fantasy text

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Bright Blaze of Magic Audiobook

4 Hearts

It is very rare that I think that the last book in a series/trilogy is the best book in the series. I think that the last books must be the hardest for authors to write (or at least that is how it seems to me). I’ve read so many great series that I love only to be disappointed by the last book in the series. It is hard to go out on a high note. That is something that Jennifer Estep pulled off with the Black Blade Trilogy. I thought this was a great ending to Layla’s story.

We’ve known since book one that Victor Draconi has had aspirations to rule all of Cloudburst Falls with all the families swear allegiance to him alone. Well, with only one story left, we also knew he was finally going to make his move in this book. Well, Victor didn’t disappoint. I will admit that this was a far more deadly (but not that gory) of a takeover that I would’ve expected for a YA series (but hey, I was reading Stephen King at twelve, so what am I to say about what should go in a YA novel. I also don’t read a large number of YA, so I’m really not a good judge).

As we’ve watched Layla grow from the independent thief to the leader of the group to help come up with the plan that involves many people to win the day, though she takes most of the danger and responsibility onto her own shoulders. I also love that she spent plenty of time learning more about her mother from Seleste and Claudia. She also learned more about her mother’s relationship with the monsters of Cloudburst Falls.

There is a ton of action in this book as Layla and the gang go from one thing to another to try to save their friends, family and everyone in Cloudburst Falls. I think Layla deserves quite a vacation after this all over. One of my favorite parts is we got a lot of time with Oscar, Layla’s pixie, who has been a favorite character of mine since book one. He reminds me of a redneck version of Jenks from The Hollows series. Oscar’s pet tortoise, Tiny, is adorable, too. I was glad that he had a larger part in this book, since he didn’t have a large roll in book two.

I was very happy with how this all wrapped up. We got time with all the major and even some time with some of the minor players in this series. I think it wrapped up well. If you read other series by Jennifer Estep, you will see some Easter eggs for Karma Girl and Elemental Assassin series. I also can’t talk about an Estep book without mentioning food. She does several great callouts to bacon in this book. Mmmm… Bacon. Never listen to an Estep book if you’re hungry, it will only make it worse. LOL Great series, I recommend you try it, after you’ve eaten something.

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4 Hearts

Brittany Pressley has narrated this entire trilogy and has done a wonderful job. She nails all the different voices of all the characters very well. She has to handle both male and female of adults and teenagers and she does it with ease. She does a great job with Oscar and his redneck pixie voice. I know that me and several of my friends prefered to get the audios over the ebooks because of the great narration.

Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a daily newspaper and has more than 10 years of journalism experience. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.

Jennifer’s books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

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Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Brittany Pressley is an audiobook narrator, songwriter, and vocal producer in New York City. She has narrated several audiobooks, including works by Alyson Noel and R. L. Stine. Her notable screen credits include being a newscaster on FOX Kid’s News and playing Courtney in the Fox Television Network series Swans Crossing. Pressley also has a background in theater, having played Peaseblossom in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Maria in The Sound of Music for Carey Productions. She has also done both regional and national commercial spots and PSAs for TV and Radio, including MasterCard, Nickelodeon, and MTV.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I started this one yesterday while I was cleaning my car. I’ll finish it Wednesday on my drive to Kentucky. Can’t wait to see how Estep wraps up the story.

  2. I love when series go out on a strong note as well. It’s extremely unsatisfying when the last book in a series is rather lack luster.

    This series is on my list to give a shot. Can’t wait to check it out.

    • I’ve read some great series that ended a little ‘meh’. This is not one of them. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. I’m just going to hope there’s a spin-off series or something haha loved these!!

    • I know. I love these characters. That is the sad part of trilogies, not enough time with the characters.

  4. I am reading not listening but I need to get to this one and finish out the trilogy. 🙂 I am always bad about not finishing series or trilogies…lol.

    • I know, it is always sad to see the end of the characters. But I’m trying to get through a bunch to make room for more.

  5. I have got to read this series! I probably will after I catch up on Gin Blanco’s series

    • So many series. I’ve got so many I want to try. At least this is a quick one at only three books. 🙂

  6. I need to read this series. I love when authors put easter eggs n their books from other series.

    • It is nice to see. I’ve see Eve Langlais do the same thing. 🙂

  7. I loved all the bacon mentions in this book LOL and the reference to the Pork Pit from her other series was a lot of fun as well. 😉 So happy you enjoyed this!!

  8. I’ve heard so many good things about Estep! Her name is legit everywhere! <3 I'm also one of those people that HATE a book ending, especially since i've fallen in love with the characters and the world. 🙁 Its like… HOW THE HECK DO I SAY GOODBYE? I DON'T WANT TO SAY GOODBYE. Let me love you more. And then i proceed to go into a bad book slump/depression.

    No lie.

    Great review Mels!<3

    • Thanks, Keionda! This is a short series. I do recommend you give her a try. She has some fun snark in her books and tons of great food porn. I’ve not tried her Mythos Academy or Karma Girl series, but I want to try both. Elemental Assassins is a series that will keep you with characters you will love for a while. I think we are book 14.

  9. I have fallen prey to my aversion to YA and I think I’m really missing out on this one and may have to pick it up. Especially if Estep talks bacon in this one! It is great that the final story is the best for you

    • I’m extremely picky on YA and quit reading it for a long time. I’m just now starting to pick up some series by a few select authors, Estep being one of them.

  10. OMG! All her books make me hungry. Yes, I was craving bacon… LOL

    I also agree that it is rare the last book is the best and it was here. I really enjoyed this series and I’m sad to see it go. 🙁

    • Agreed. It was a fun series. I will miss Layla, Mo, Oscar and the gang.

  11. I have yet to read this, I’m so=so with fantasy what with my moody slump. I want to read her Karam girl too, is it a superhero book or something like this?

    • I’ve yet to read Karma Girl. I’m pretty sure it is a superhero book. I’ve only read a single Jessica Jones graphic novel that was superhero. I think it would be interesting to read a regular novel about a superhero.

  12. Ah yes I really enjoyed this one as well so I’m happy to see you had a great time as well! So much fun!

  13. Great review Melanie I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an audible by Jennifer Estep. Time to change that 🙂

    • Both this series and her Elemental Assassins series are great on audio. I hope you enjoy them.

  14. Glad to hear the trilogy had a good ending for you. I’ve read one of her books and liked it. I’ll have to go back and find a few more.

    • This is the second series I’ve read by her and I love both. I plan to try more.

  15. That’s really awesome it wrapped up well. I’ve found the same thing with many series I read and the last one just not being as good as the others and a bit of a let down so it’s always exciting to hear of one that rocked it 🙂

    • I’m always worried that the last book is going to be let down. So many great series have done that to me. The one that stands out in my mind the most is The Hunger Games. Mockingjay was the worst book in the series, IMO. I still haven’t seen the last movie.

  16. Great review. I liked this one, but it was probably my least favorite (by just a little bit) in the series. I missed the stand alone mystery solving of the first two books. But all went as it should and Jennifer did a great job concluding the series.

  17. I partly skimmed your review as I haven’t read this book yet and the previous one. But I do own both and I hope I can read it soon as I loved the first book in this series. And I am so glad to hear the ending was done well! I am always afraid the series ender won’t live up to the expectations, so it’s nice when it’s a great ending.

    • I’m always scared of endings too. I’ve had series where I’ve been so disappointed with the final book. That was not the case for me with this series. I hope it works the same with you.

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