NetGalley Review: Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep

Kensington To Be Published Oct. 27, 2015 368 Pages
Kensington Books
To Be Published Oct. 27, 2015
368 Pages

If you haven’t read the first book or need a refresher check out my review here.

Lila is a thief but standing to the shadows becomes an impossible task when the Sinclair family make their new guard (Lila) compete in the Tournament of Blades. 

Now Lila is up against Devon and others she care about while also trying to figure out the plot mobster Victor Draconi is creating to take down the Sinclair family. 

Is he the one killing murdering monsters around Cloudburst Falls or is it someone more sinister?

Book two was way better than book one and I applaud the author for that.

In book one my biggest issue was being able to spot the influence of three different books. I got over that because you really don’t notice it after the first book. However, I do get tired of teenagers fighting each other for the affection, love, protection or whatever for their parents or some kind of adult. This scene is extremely over used. But the author used it well to keep the story going and it was done well.

I still didn’t like Devon although he did grow up from the first book. He wasn’t as wide eyed innocent but it also wasn’t the best love interest either. I still feel that their romance is a bit forced even when Lila decided to take it to another level.

Lila grew as well and I felt that she has a better handle of her abilities and also of who she is. A lot of questions were answered and no it didn’t explain who Lila was but they were nice to know. Interestingly enough in the first book there wasn’t a need to have anything answered; even in book two there isn’t a need for it so it was a lovely bonus for me to find out somethings about her mom.

I did really enjoy the twist in the book. There was some predictability, but it wasn’t too much that I couldn’t enjoy the book. The author did a good job tying a bunch issues together into one bigger picture. It wasn’t too complicated in which someone can get lost but it was complicated enough to keep things exciting.

Despite the goods in this book the author lost points for the crappy ending. Oddly, enough I saw it coming and that was extremely disappointing.

I look forward to the last book.

3.5 Pickles

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