Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

October 26, 2015 Reviews 14

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 EstepDark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade #2
Published by Kensington on October 27, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Author

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...

Even though I regret it taking me so long to read Cold Burn of Magic, it worked out in my favor because I didn’t have to pause at all before picking up Dark Heart of Magic. Thank goodness because I was eager to see what would happen next, and Dark Heart of Magic hooked me right away.

I continue to love the characters, which we get to know a lot better now that the world has been established. The main character, Lila Merriweather is tough and feisty, just like I prefer my heroines. She’s also a thief that’s had her world turned upside down and watching her adjust to this new lifestyle is great. I love that she is accepting some changes, but still clings to so much of who she used to be without apology.

There are some new characters introduced in Dark Heart of Magic and they added some fun twists. I especially appreciated the new insights into the monsters they share their world with – I’d really like more of them honestly; I love how complex they are – dangerous and yet not necessarily bad or evil. Dark Heart of Magic shows how easy it is for the real monsters to be human.

My one disappointment inDark Heart of Magic was the mystery. I figured out the culprit fairly quickly and was never really thrown off that trail. That Lila, a very clever heroine, couldn’t was a bit frustrating. Although it was always clear why she was missing obvious clues – I think I was meant to know and be frustrated that things kept happening to keep Lola from figuring it out. I just would have liked to be a little less certain.

For me, the bigger plot – which spans the trilogy – was what made Dark Heart of Magic super great. Figuring out what Victor Draconi is up to was great and I couldn’t stop when I saw there was a sneak peak of the next book at the end. Which stinks, because now I’m really hanging. Dark Heart of Magic doesn’t really end on a cliff, but that sneak peak is a doozy! A great read and I can’t wait to pick up book 3!

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Jennifer Estep

My name is Jennifer Estep, and Iā€™m the New York Times bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series; the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy; the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series; and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.


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14 Responses to “Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad you continue enjoying this story, Berls. I like the sound of Lila myself as I like feisty heroines too. I can see where you figuring out the mystery much sooner than Lila would be frustrating. Maybe Estep will explain why she did it that way in the final book? I have to tell you I was thinking “Ugh, I can’t start another series which I’ll only be behind in” but then you said it’s a trilogy. *squee* I can start this in the new year!
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    • Berls

      Lol I know the feeling! I’m drawn to trilogies these days because I feel like finishing them is actually possible. The mystery being so easy to solve was frustrating, but I think it might have been meant to be that way, so you would focus on the other big story elements. Maybe. Lol idk.

    • Berls

      Yep yep yep! Lol I seem to always enjoy Jennifer Estep’s books, so that wasn’t a huge surprise – but I can’t stress how much I love these characters. šŸ™‚

    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona – I’m hoping to be fully back next week (as in able to visit more). Y’all are awesome for being so patient with me šŸ™‚ I say pick up the first two and read them back to back like I did šŸ˜‰

    • Berls

      Having read the first two back to back, I think I’d recommend that. It was nice to read them together, and I’m anxious to see where the third book goes. So yeah, that’s a good plan šŸ™‚

    • Berls

      The sneak peek was really good. I usually don’t read those and I kind of wish I hadn’t because now I’m anxious to see what’s next! I did enjoy this one more than the first too I think, despite the easy to solve mystery.

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