I read this first book in Estep's new paranormal YA series at a perfect time. I had just finshed a book that didn't work for me, that left me cold and bored me, "Cold Burn of Magic" was compared to that like a breath of fresh air. The story is full of action, interesting developments and danger, it's set in a fascinating world. Elements of other stories from Estep can be found in this book, but there are also enough fresh elements and developments to make me excited for more, to make sure that I'm not feeling as if I'm reading an old story.
The world of the book is a harsh one, people are killed regularly, you have to be willing to do that to survive. Special magical abilities play an important role, as do intrigues, secrets and power plays. Of course there's also a possible romance, monsters, human and not so human ones, a mafia like war and more exciting things.
"Cold Burn of Magic" might have not changed the way I see life and books, but I had a great time while reading the story and that's exactly what I wanted from the novel. I'm happy that Jennifer Estep's books nearly always work for me, she is one author I can count on right now and I hope that it will stay that way in the future.