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…
Dark Heart of Magic picks up weeks after Cold Burn of Magic and Lila Merriweather is right where we left her: carrying on with her position as a bodyguard to Devon Sinclair, son of the head of the Sinclair Family.
After a skirmish with a tree troll, Lila notices that something or someone is scaring the tree trolls which is also driving them into town. However, before Lila can start to investigate further, she’s chosen by the head of the Sinclair Family to be one of the participants to compete in the Tournament of Blades. I’m sure you can guessed already that the Tournament of Blades is just a chance for the Families of Cloudburst Falls to compete with each other and the winner gets glory and brag rights. During the start of the tournament, accidents occur but Lila doesn’t believe in that and learns the hard way. Looks like one of the competitors is sabotaging the tournament while trying to kill the competition.
Overall, as I’ve said before in my review of Cold Burn of Magic, Jennifer Estep did an amazing job in her new Black Blade series! If readers enjoyed Cold Burn of Magic then they can assure to know that they will love Dark Heart of Magic. Just a bit of warning. There will be a couple of twists and turns that might leave you stunned. Once again, Dark Heart of Magic is another great installment to a wonderful series that is starting. A series I’m really enjoying it and I hope Jennifer Estep will write more after Bright Blaze of Magic is released on April 26, 2016.
*I received Dark Heart of Magic from Kensington Books via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*