Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2)
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…
This series is shaping up to be one of my favourites. I talked about in my last review how I found some things that were really similar to Mythos Academy (the author’s other YA series) but this book cut free from Mythos. For one thing, Lila is badass and the tournament was a great way to fully see her skills. I just loved the tournament and all the fighting because fighting in books always sound impressive. Lila became more connected to her mum and found out more things about her mum’s life as a bodyguard which was really touching and added that extra element to the story and characters.
The plot gains so much in this book and we get to find a lot more about about the Draconi’s plot. I think it’s really interesting and will definitely be reading on to find out how they defeat Victor and his gang. There was honestly not a dull moment in this book and it was so well paced that it was just so much fun to read.
I have to talk about the world building, which is freaking amazing. We get more magic, more creatures, and just more of the world. It’s just so explosive with monsters and powers… it’s my favourite kind of setting. I love the set up with all the families, it really gave me the Vampire Academy feels. I love all the different powers. I love everything XD
Of course, I have to dedicated part of this review to the romance, which is adorable. Devon is just such a nice guy and, like I said before, you don’t see many nice guys in YA. Too often it’s the brooding, “I can’t be with you” love interest but none of that crap here. So, the romance is great 😀 Don’t get mistaken though, this book does not revolve around a relationship.
Overall, if you’re a person, read it. I promise you it’s a great read.
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.