I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #2
Published by Kensington on 10-27-2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368 pages
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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...
Jennifer Estep doing what she does best . . . writing strong and sassy heroines that have a taste for vengeance, justice and yummy food.
Dark Heart of Magic takes place a couple of weeks after Cold Burn of Magic and Lila finds herself part of the Sinclair family. Which is really weird for her since she has lived on the streets for the last 4 years with only one friend, Mo. Now she’s living in a mansion with other people and pixies. There are rules to follow and people who care about her. But Lila tries her best to keep her distance since she plays on leaving when the year she agreed to stay is up.
But there’s one person that Lila is having a really hard time keeping at arm’s length and that Devon Sinclair. Every time she looks into his green, green eyes she has these feelings that she’s not use to. Romance woes is not the front and center of Dark Heart of Magic.
After all it’s an Urban Fantasy so there’s action that keeps Lila busy. Like learning that she will be in the Tournament of Blades. The ToB is a yearly summer event the Families aka mobsters hold to entertain the tourists of Cloudburst Falls. It’s a “friendly” competition with an obsolescence course followed by a day of one-on-one fights to crow a winner for the year. Lila being a theft likes to go uunnoticed so being in the spotlight is another thing she’s not use to.
With the building issues with the monsters in town and the cover of the third (and the final, I think) book, Bright Blaze of Magic, I can’t wait to see how Lila figures it out and takes down Victor Draconi. I bet her “monster whispering” skills will come into play somehow. I mean look at the tentacles on that cover! Jennifer Estep weaves action, mystery, secrets and a touch of romance into the newest installment of the Black Blade series. Estep fans will enjoy Lila and the gang and Estep’s famous food porn and Easter eggs from her other series.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).