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Series: Black Blade #2
Published by Kensington on October 27, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Something Wicked This Way Comes...
As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.
Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.
As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...
Over the years I have become a big Jennifer Estep fan. I love her Spider Elemental series. I love to read Young Adult novels as well. It seemed like a perfect match when Jennifer Estep’s Cold Burn of Magic the first book in the Black Blade series came out. I liked the first book it did a good of job of setting the story up and still that keeping that urban fantasy feel. If it is possible I liked Dark Heart of Magic even more, the second book in the Black Blade series. I like Jennifer Estep’s urban fantasy books, whether for adults or YA, because: there is always a kick butt heroine, some major badie that needs to be taken out, each book has a “monster of the week” so no cliffhangers.
In Dark Heart of Magic, that heroine is Lila Sterling aka Lila Merriweather. Dark Heart of Magic picks up a couple of months after the events of Cold Burn of Magic and Lila is finally settling into her role as a bodyguard for the Sinclair family. Things are becoming strained between Lila and the boy she guards, Devon Sinclair. Since book one there has been an attraction but Lila is an orphan with a vendetta and she doesn’t want Devon to get so she keeps pushing him away. Meanwhile, the annual Tournament of Blades is going on and Lila has been chosen to compete this year. Also, someone is killing supernaturals. Lila must sort through her feelings for Devon, win a tournament and find a killer. It’s a piece of cake for a girl who is as kick butt as Lila Merriweather, or so she makes it look like it is.
I liked Dark Heart of Magic because it is a fast paced book that is highly entertaining. I like what how Lila is a strong and vulnerable character. I like how she can save herself but is learning it doesn’t make her weak to have friends you can rely on. I really like this world full of magic and supernatural beings. It is an urban fantasy setting where magic and the supernatural is out in the open. In the Tournament of Blades everyone has magic talent and they are not afraid to use it while fighting the duels. The tournament was highly entertaining because it full of nail biting action. Dark Heart of Magic also kept me on toes with the badie of the week. Someone is killing tree trolls. Then Lila finds the body of a fellow contestant. She starts to wonder if these two things might be connected. There is so much going on that even I got distracted as the reader and didn’t even see who the killer was coming a mile away. I like when an author can keep me on my toes. I am giving Dark Heart of Magic four stars because I really like a book that can make me: bite my nails, gasp in suspense, and swoon all in one read.