Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural
Rate: 4 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…
I will admit I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one or not. I only thought the first one was okay but I must admit that after the slow start I really did enjoy this one. Once they get to the tournament things really pick up and the good stuff begins.
The Sinclairs know that Victor Draconi is up to something but they are not exactly sure what, but they are worried about. Lila does some snooping around in Victor’s office and listens in on some conversations. She learns that Draconi is trying to merge the Volkov family his. But that is only a bit of what Draconi is trying to do.
Then in the tournament it seems that someone is not playing fair and some competitors are having “accidents” or that is what the officials call them cause they don’t want to cancel the tournament cause it draws in to much money. Lila is determined to find out who is doing it and sort of accidentally finds out who not meaning too. 🙂
Lila is one kickass herione and I really like her, but there are some others that are just as tough. I really kind of like Deah, even though she is a Draconi, she is tough and has it really hard because her dad pushes her harder than he does his own son. I think it has to do more with her her mom is than anything. Bad guy like that you would think he would be tougher on the boy not the girl.
Love a lot of the secondary characters and they really help things flow smoothly. Felix would have to be my favorite one for the secondary characters, he is sweet, funny and really flirty…lol.
The Dark Heart of Magic for me was better than the first one as I am learning I am not a huge world building person so once the set up is done from the first one the second one goes a bit faster for me. This one also has a lot of action from the tournament and then from fighting the bad person. I am actually looking forward to the third one cause I am really curious to see what happens next. Victor Draconi is up to his eyeballs in nasty bad guy stuff and I can’t wait for Lila to take him down!!! 🙂
If you were a fan of the first book or just love Jennifer Estep then you will enjoy this one!
“What do you want to do about the troll?” I asked. “Because I don’t think he’s coming down from there without a fight.”
Devon was the bruiser, or second-in-command of the Sinclair Family, responsible for overseeing all the Family guards and dealing with all the monster problems that arose in Sinclair territory. Most of the bruisers for the various Families were arrogant jerks who enjoyed bossing people around and taking advantage of the other perks of their powerful position. But Devon was a genuinely good guy who treated everyone in his Family equally, from the smallest pixie to the toughest guard. Plus, he would do anything to help his friends and the folks he cared about, something he’d proven by putting himself in danger time and time again.
Devon’s inherent goodness and devotion to others were two of the many things that made me like him way more than I should have. His soulful green eyes, teasing grin, and rocking body didn’t hurt matters either.
Me? Good and I weren’t exactly close friends, and the only devotion I had was to myself, and making sure that I had plenty of cash in my pockets and food in my stomach. I was a loner thief who’d spent the last four years living in the shadows until I’d been recruited to be Devon’s bodyguard a few weeks ago. Not that he really needed a guard. Devon was a tough fighter who could take care of himself—and then some.
“Well, I say we pick up all the fruit that’s still in one piece and chuck it right back at the troll,” another voice suggested in a snide tone. “Let him see how it feels to get splattered for a change.”
I looked over at Felix Morales, Devon’s best friend and another member of the Sinclair Family. With his wavy black hair, bronze skin, and dark brown eyes, Felix was even more handsome than Devon, despite the fact that he was also covered in pulp. Not that I would ever tell him that. Felix was already a terrible flirt. We’d been in the square for ten minutes, and he’d spent more time grinning at the tourist girls who wandered by than trying to figure out what to do about the troll.
Felix winked at two girls in tank tops and short-shorts who were sitting on a nearby bench sipping lemonade, then waggled his fingers at them. The girls giggled and waved back.
I rolled my eyes and elbowed him in the side. “Try to pay attention.”
Felix shot me a sour look and rubbed his side.
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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