Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Black Blade, Book 2

Synopsis: 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…

Review: I really enjoyed the ideas and the history of the first volume and I was eager to dive me in on to this one to see what the author would bring us again. I admit that I’m really not disappointed by this second volume!

We find our beloved Lila, now serving the St. Clair family, and the girl has to manage a large number of consequences. Indeed, her feelings and those of Devon get in their way and our young thief does not think that a possible relationship could end up well. But besides that, Lila was chosen, as Vance and Devon to participate in the big tournament where all the big families are involved. She wanted to stay out of sight but she is now facing the world, trying to hide her true powers. Yet when the tournament starts, it seems that some are desperate to win … Accidents happen, forcing some to abandon the race, some fairly terrible trolls’ murders are also perpetrated at the same time and the rivalry is stronger than ever.

It was a pleasure to meet Lila once again and to follow this new adventure. Indeed, I was curious to see how the tournament would take place and who the finalists would be. As I had read it in some reviews, it’s pretty easy to figure out who the person responsible was for the problems occurring but I was curious to understand exactly how this happened. On top of that, I was quite surprised by the revelation about the murderer and the Trolls, and I confess that I did not expect that. We also learn a little more about Lila’s ennemy, Victor and his plans against the other families. And most of all, we learn more about Deah’s family and the one of Lila.

In all cases, our heroine will evolve a lot during the first two novels, and I loved seeing her choices. I’m curious now that we had some answers to see how Lila will act! A very good second volume!




20 thoughts on “Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

  1. Oops I had to re-read it, cause I thought you said you were disappointed. Well, it’s awesome that you weren’t. I am so eager to read this, but since its a triology I have debated on waiting for book 3 to start it.

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