Review: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Series: Black Blade (# 2)
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 368
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review



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: The town of of Cloudburst Falls never truly sleeps and this is very evident in the second installment of Jennifer Estep’s Black Blade trilogy.  Dark Heart of Magic is an excellent title since magic has made a few of the characters heart be black from wanting more magic.

You can take the thief out of her surroundings and put her in a glorious and opulent castle but at the core she will still want to be a thief. It is all Lila knows and what she feels she is good at.  I often felt sorry for her while reading this book because she really is lacking in self-esteem in many ways. She doesn’t have the self-confidence she should have. Everyone really loves her and cares for her. I adored how she doesn’t care who she is talking to she doesn’t change her way of talking. She is always very blunt and sarcastic.

I really loved the witty banter that goes on between Lila and basically anyone that she talks to but especially her and Devon. They had a way of conversing that made me laugh and sigh at times.

This book is super fast paced and I enjoyed it very much but I really would have liked a little bit more romance between Lila and Devon. I did like the Romeo and Juliet aspect of Deah and Felix’s clandestine romance.

I’m really anxious to read the next book in the series to see what happens to all the characters. I really hope that Estep decides to write more than 3 books in the series.