I've really loved the Black Blade series from the very first book. Lila Merriweather (Sterling) is one of the best characters ever from Jennifer Estep and I was absolutely over the moon to read the final book in the Black Blade series, even as I didn't want it to end.
Lila Merriweather (Sterling) has really grown so much over the course of the series. She started out as a thief and a loner, really only watching out for herself and Mo, but now she is a full-fledged member of the Sinclair Family and has friends and family to protect. She is still a thief, but now she is using those skills to make sure the Sinclair Family and everyone else in Cloudburst Falls is protected from Victor Draconi. Lila basically has been waiting for the battle with Victor since he killer her mom. I love how she has made lasting friendships with Felix and Deah and has a boyfriend with Devon.
I feel like we've always known from the very first book that Lila would be the one to be the major participant in the battle between Victor and the other families. I love that Claudia Sinclair not only understood Lila, and accepted her need to be the person to battle Victor in the duel slated between Victor and Claudia. I expected an epic battle for the battle between the families and Ms. Estep totally delivered. I've come to expect pretty great fight scenes from her and she didn't not disappoint with the final battle. With the amount of magic Victor possessed, I was worried how Lila could pull off a win, but loved her inner talents and messages from her Aunt Seleste and her dreams of her mom helped her instinctively know what to do.
Bright Blaze of Magic wrapped up the Black Blade series perfectly. I loved the path the characters traveled to get to the final battle and loved even more there was a small opening for the possibility of a return to Cloudburst Falls. The Black Blade series is a YA Urban Fantasy series, and I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the Urban Fantasy genre.
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