Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural
Rate: 4.5 stars
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…
Flippin’ wow dude, this book slayed me! There’s mystery, supernaturals, suspense, tons of actions, sexy heroines and feisty brutes to mix it up a bit. Oh and of course we can’t forget the magic! This was my first time to read any Jennifer Estep, and needless to say I’m a bit of a fan now. Dark Heart of Magic is the second book in the Black Blade series, but I honestly read it then went back to book 1 and found myself not at all lost or confused, there’s just some spoilers for book 1 in this installment, so if you’re not a fan of that, then read them in order for the most enjoyment. While it is fast paced and read rather quickly, the words are not cheaply used and I enjoyed the delivery and wit of the narrative. If you like strong, sarcastic female protagonists- this is a book you’ll certainly dig. My only complaint was the few times when it seemed like the pov switched incidentally, which I believe may have been a slip in editing rather than poor writing, because Mz. Estep is stellar!
Here’s some of my favorite quotes to whet your appetite:
“Sometimes, humans were more monstrous than anything else.”
“What do you normally do about tree trolls who throw things at tourists?”
“Run out of steam? Are you kidding? He’s eating that apple faster than he talks. All that sugar will just rev up his engine that much more.”
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.
The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.
Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.
Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.
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