Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade series #3) by Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade) - Jennifer Estep

Lila has worked with the Sinclairs to disarm the Draconis, doing their utmost to sabotage the rival family’s master plan to take over Cloudburst Falls


And it works – but not enough – when the Draconis move it only leaves them with a few slim bargaining chips to try and stave off destruction – and for Lila to finally have a reckoning with the murderer of her mother.




I love this series and I really like this book – or I tried to. I tried really hard, because there are a lot of elements of the book I really love. But there’s also a major issue – the plot.


My issue with this book is the plot requires just a little bit of unreasonable character stupidity.


The whole big dramatic moment of this book is that the Draconis are planning an attack against the other families – and we know from the very beginning of the book that the attack is imminent.


We also know that all the families are apparently going to gather with minimal guards and no weapons. All conveniently in one place and unarmed. When do we think the Draconis will attack?


Why, after this of course! I mean he’ll show up to the UNARMED GATHERING and play nice and then wait a few weeks and then attack. When everyone’s in their own secure compound with armed guards… right?


Surprising the whole cast, the Draconis attack during the unarmed party. That doesn’t even count as a spoiler because anyone with a slight ounce of intelligence should have realised this. Really really should have realised this.



And then, after this attack in which Victor Draconi announces his nefarious plan to kill ALL THE FAMILIES it’s still not until the end of the book that the Sterling family decides to turn to the Itos and the Salazars. For that matter, the Itos and the Salazars decide to go along with business as usual (oh they’re tense but keep going as usual) rather than planning to do something about the family that just declared genocidal intent towards them. “Tense” is not the appropriate reaction to this


For that matter, can we look at security? This book opens with Lila, Devon and Felix sneaking past both Draconi and Sinclair guides repeatedly, at night with Lila repeatedly mocking Felix’s non-existent stealth abilities, How come no-one turned around and thought “hey, maybe we need to address our shitty security here”?


The problem is the general shape of the plot is, in itself, not all that great anyway, resting on a lot of implausible elements. Like the Draconi’s deciding to take a whole lot of prisoners rather than just killing most of them, for example. They’re convenient to stopping the plot ending in tragedy or defeat but, at the same time, they’re implausible. Even the big bad ending confrontation ultimately comes down not to skill or plotting or planning or anything any of the characters actually DO – just super shiny super power is conveniently super. They literally show up to the last confrontation and HOPE



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