Dark Heart of Magic

November 2, 2015     Danielle Romero     4stars, R2R, reviews

Genres: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA, Young Adult
Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)
by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural
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…
As you may already know, I LOVED book 1, Cold Burn of Magic! You can see my review HERE  so it comes as no surprise that I loved this one just as much. The Tournament of Blades was an exciting event that really drove the direction of the book which I absolutely loved and despite Lila’s surprise at being selected to compete, we knew it would happen, am I right? Dark Heart of Magic was filled with the perfect blend of action, adventure, mystery, and romance. I’m not a big lover of YA but Jennifer Estep gives me everything I love and none of what I hate in YA novels.
I really enjoyed watching Lila and Devon as their relationship progressed. Nothing feels rushed or forced and I really appreciate that. Felix irked me a bit with how he dealt with his love life drama but it didn’t bother me enough to really effect my overall rating. As before, Estep has amazing character development and the story and plot are unique and entertaining. There is some predictability within the story. If you’re paying attention, when bodies start popping up you kind of know where things are heading but all in all, a great story and a terrific addition to the series.
4 coffee cups

Fun Quote from the book:
I reached over and punched him in the shoulder.

“Hey!” Felix said, rubbing his arm. “What was that for?”

“I am not a monster whisperer.”

He rolled his eyes. “Did you or did you not feed three guys to a lochness a few weeks ago?”

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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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