Dark Heart of Magic : Black Blade

  • by Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by Brittany Pressley
  • Series: Black Blade
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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....


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Slow and predictable

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As I recognise that authors are people and that book preferences are by nature subjective, I will start with the good.

Set in a town dominated by magic and magic monsters, the first two books in the series follow Lila, a former thief and hard luck kid with a mysterious past. Lila makes her way back into the magical society her mother left and starts to uncover her past. Teaming up with the good guys from her adopted clan (her new "besties") she fights the bad guys and is generally a tough chick with the skills and magic to beat anyone and anything. I love a fighting, tough-girl heroine with a sword and as such, the story line (despite being an old tried one) had some promise.

However, in my opinion the promise is let down by the extremely slow pace of the book (I ended up skipping huge chunks cause I just could not be bothered), the predicable plot twists and an dominating, annoying, internal teenage monologue.

The incepted romance in particular is a killer for me. The romantic male lead is such a one dimensional "good guy" he could not be more boring. I could not find it in me to care either way if they got together or not. Added to the general ho-hum of the chemistry between the protagonists, Lila's constant, repeated "I must resist this pull between us, because am afraid to get my heart broken again" monologues caused me to hit the fast forward button more times than I could count.

Like the romantic lead, the baddies and the goodies were in general, so one dimensional I could not find it in me to care one way or another what happened to them.

I got this book (book two in the series) as I am stuck in bed with an injury and I could not be bothered searching for something new, but having soldiered through to the end, I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on it. I listened to the first few books in Elemental Assassin some years ago, and I remember them being better reads (listens).

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- hilary

Lila and more revelations

Definitely one the best YA series I've read this year. The author stepped up her game and took this sequel to the next level. Normally, I would prefer some more romance in sequels, but this story is just strong enough with a romance being up front and center. There were enough subplots that it didn’t even occur to me that Devon and Lila weren’t making moves on each other.

In this book, the Sinclair family was still trying to figure out what was going with Victor Draconi as they knew he was planning something sinister. They decide that the tournament will make them appear as though they weren’t worried, while trying to gather Intel on the Draconi plot.

Lila was still strong and she still loved her bacon. Boy, she is as serious about bacon as Gin is about her chickory coffee. I like that Lila wanted to focus on her job and her own plans, instead of making the easier choice of pursing a relationship with Devon. . But it was clear that she grappled with her feelings for Devon. But Lila and Devon were not the main subject of this book. The mystery was centered on the killing of monsters and people, for an unknown purpose. I enjoyed the sorting out of the mystery as well as a revelation pertaining to Lila’s family. Lila is a likable character and she has some maturity and growth from book 1. She is definitely fitting in with the Sinclairs and she is making smarter decisions now.

I enjoy the narrator. It’s a face paced, action packed story. I finished the book in two days because it was that enjoyable. The author did a great job of setting up book 3 and I can’t wait for Bright Blaze of Magic.
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- Ezinwanyi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios