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Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade) Paperback – October 27, 2015
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"An adventurous ride you will never want to get off." --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on Cold Burn of Magic
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep is constantly prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer is the author of the Black Blade and Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. She writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups. Jennifer's books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.
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I really like this series with it's likeable heroine. Lila is hellbent on avenging her parents but is intelligent enough to bide her time and make sure she is in the right place at the right time. Not a gung-ho type but most definitely one who will take on any and all comers ! It's obvious that her affections for Devon cannot be ignored for ever as these two seem more drawn to each other with each book and yes there's a little romance within these pages. Fear not though it's not a sloppy story but a mystery to unravel as the reader follows the clues to find out just how monstrous a person can be. Answers are given here about Lila's family that are both shocking and surprising and we even get to find out more about the often hilarious Mo. Fans of this author will smile as a certain barbecue restaurant is mentioned but I'm a little over all the foodie bits as it seems a little too like a certain series involving Gin. I did stay glued to my kindle and had guessed who the big bad was if honest but it's a great story with such amazing possibilities and I know for sure that I will be snapping up the next instalment .
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review
Four and a half from me
Unlike the previous installment which was a little of both, this novel was centered around the mafia-style plotting rather than the monsters and magicks that comprise Jennifer Estep’s BLACK BLADE universe. I enjoyed the scheming a great deal; this author certainly excels at whodunnit story telling, and Talents were vital, but I did find myself longing for more of the world-building that was so strong in book 1, tree trolls notwithstanding.
Seleste was a welcomed addition to this trilogy’s cast, and Deah continued to surprise me at every turn. I was kind of disappointed with how Felix dealt with his love life dilemma, and Vance & Blake were just stupid bullies. The Tournament of Blades ended up being an excellent equalizer, and I liked that most of the baddies got their due. Well, except for Victor, but that’s what BRIGHT BLAZE OF MAGIC IS FOR—right?
I’m happy with the way Devon & Lila’s romance has progressed thus far; there’s no triangle which is a BIG plus in Young Adult, next to zero drama, and they are in an optimal spot going into the conclusion. I loved that Sinclair was a genuinely good guy, and that he won Merriweather over by simply being himself. The soulsight sessions between the two of them packed one heck of an emotional punch, and the last few pages definitely pulled on my heartstrings.
DARK HEART OF MAGIC is one of the better trilogy middle installments that I’ve read.
The adventures of Lila continues as she has to unravel more of the plot of Victor Draconi. Just to complicate matters she is entered into the Tournament of Blades competition by the Sinclair family head and there is another sinister player around bent on winning the tournament...by any means necessary.
It is a good well written story with a few twists as it progresses. I quite like the various characters on the good side and the chief bad guy is really a nasty piece of work. As I mentioned he is not the only baddie around which leads to a few additional twists making the story all the more interesting.
On the whole a well done young adult book which does not fall into the trap of being short on story and generally immature and childish like too many young adult books around.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written for younger audience than her Spider series.
This book has it all fully fleshed characters, good dialogue, great world building.Read more