Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade Series #2)

Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade Series #2)

by Jennifer Estep

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"Jennifer Estep is a genius!" --Simply Nerdy

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617738272
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/01/2015
Series: Black Blade Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 56,663
File size: 384 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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.

To learn more about her, visit www.jenniferestep.com. You can also sign up for Jennifer's fan page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Goodreads.

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Dark Heart of Magic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Lila is back, and has been selected to participate in the Tournament of Blades, where the best of best from each family compete for the honor of the best warrior among the families. Lovely, Lila hates to be in the spotlight, but it seems she can’t get out of this. Will everything be on the up and up or will Victor Draconi stack the deck in his favor? Accidents are happening, competitors are being hurt and investigations are being swept under the rug. Time for Lila to do what she does best; become a shadow in the night. She is determined to enter the lair of the Draconi mobster, digging for evidence that he has a sinister plot being hatched against the Sinclairs, one where he wins all the marbles, the powers and can begin his true reign of terror. Unlikely alliances are formed as one scorned daughter dares to stand against her father in favor of justice. When the pretenses and social niceties are over, the ugly truth will be uncovered and the extent of the growing evil must be stopped, and that is just what Lila intends to do, but will she be waylaid by shocking discoveries? With Draconi gunning for her power and his far reaching fist, what Lila learns could make her become reckless when entering the lion’s den. Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep is another block buster hit filled with action, danger, intrigue and a phenomenal cast of characters for this gifted author. From start to finish, Lila is still full of intelligence, a touch of insecurity, attitude and the need to protect the ones she cares about. And Devon? The man is a saint, rock solid in his support of Lila, the need to do the right thing and willing to risk everything for it. Moments of humor, budding romance, quirky characters, dark evil and non-stop tension written through a master’s pen, Ms. Estep’s mind is a treasure chest of golden words, plots and characters, with Lila sitting firmly at the top! I received an ARC edition from Kensington in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good sequel, worth it to read.
LadiSteele More than 1 year ago
Love this entire series, have read everything she's written!
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BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Lila has been part of the Sinclair family for several weeks now. Her job is to protect Devin, the family bruiser and the son of the head of the family. As she acclimates to being part of the family and not sneaking around as a thief, the Summer tournament comes up and she has been, unbeknownst to her, entered into the tournament. On top of that, she is trying to figure out who is killing all of the tree trolls. I really enjoyed this second book in the series, following Lila as she learns more about herself and about her mother’s seemingly mysterious life. She also is slowly learning to trust and open herself up to several people. I highly recommend to anyone that likes this author and the urban fantasy genre. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in Jennifer Estep's YA-Paranormal Black Blade series. I have mostly read and really enjoyed her adult series, Elemental Assassin, but I took a chance with the first book in this series, Cold Burn of Magic, and I loved it! This one continued off where the first one left off and was equally as impressive. This is quickly turning out to be one of my favorite YA-Paranormal series. Lila is an amazing character and some of the bombshells dropped in this book will only make the series more interesting. Can't wait for more!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but I didn't like it quite as much as I did the first book in the series. My 4 star rating is probably a bit generous but it is really a fun read. This book really has a lot going for it and the world that it is set in is amazing. I just love the combination of magic, monsters, and the mob that this world is built upon. This book picks up right where the first book in the series, Cold Burn of Magic, leaves off so I would recommend that this series be read in order. Lila has assumed her role as bodyguard to the Sinclair family bruiser, Devon. It is time for the annual Tournament of Blades competition. This competition will consist of selected members from each family facing off against each other until the champion is named. Lila doesn't know a whole lot about this tournament from her prior life as a thief but she may be the Sinclair family's best chance at winning. When some unusual things start happening, Lila works to try to find out what is going on through the use of her magic and the skills that she has developed from her work as a thief. The tournament was interesting and I liked that it allowed members from the different families to interact. Some of the characters from the other families are actually pretty interesting and others are just ugly to their core. The action during the tournament was exciting but not quite as exciting as the action that occurred outside of the tournament. There were a few twists and turns in this story which I really loved. Lila had grown as a character and seems a bit more sure of herself as she learns more about her parents' past. The only thing that bothered me about this book was the romantic pieces. I know that this is a YA novel and I am just an old lady but the romance felt so very young and was distracting at times. I do appreciate that the story is not centered on a love triangle but Lila's indecision regarding her feelings for Devon are becoming old. I kind of wanted to slap her so that she would either act on her feelings or stop thinking about it. I am hoping that the next installment will have some forward momentum in terms of their relationship even if it means that they don't have one...I just want someone to make a decision and quit talking about it. I would recommend this book to fans of Young Adult novels. This story is set in an interesting and creative world and there is a lot of action to keep things exciting. I have read several books by Jennifer Estep and plan to continue with this series when the next installment is released. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 53 and have read everyone of your books. Adult and young adult. I love them all!! You have such great natural talent and imagination. No matter what series im reading i cant put it down and cant wait for another of your books. This second book of this series was great. Than you had to go and give me a bit of the 3rd book, and i was hooked again. Ive already preordered it. Thankyou you so much for sharing your stories with us all. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book you get more in depth of who lila is and who she could be. It also makes you stop and think huh maybe my family isn't that crazy after all. Never thought a story would make me appreciated what I have as family before.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep Lila Merriweather is selected to represent the Sinclair Family in the Tournament of Blades. Monsters are being found dead and tournament competitors are mysteriously getting hurt to suggest foul play is at work. I loved Jennifer Estep’s Dark Heart of Magic, which takes place right after book one, Cold Burn of Magic. The story is imaginative, well written, and mysterious. I really like Lila. Both of her parents are dead. She has been on her own for a long time. Understandably, she is afraid to open up to people because she does not want to be hurt. She is reluctant to get close to the Sinclair family. Not an easy task with friends like Devon and Felix. They are both supportive and caring. I like how Lila and Devon’s characters interact in the story. I also enjoyed finding out more about Lila’s family history. The tree trolls sound cute. They were a creative and likable addition to the story. The plot was amazing. A lot is going on in the novel: monsters are turning up dead; competitors are mysteriously getting hurt; Victor is up to something evil; the tournament is full of close competition. The Black Blade Series is incredibly imaginative and unique. The story is full of action and suspense. There are numerous unexpected twists. I am anxiously awaiting the release of book three, Bright Blaze of Magic. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
RaquelGabrielle More than 1 year ago
This novel picks up right where the first one left off except a few weeks may have passed by. This time there is a friendly competition between the houses that takes a turn for the worse right off the back. I liked this part because we get to see how the different magics are used to help the user in a fight to win. The only bad thing I thought again is like in the first book there was the lochness monster in this one there is only one real monster that is seen through out. A land filled with monsters one would expect to see more than just the one. I love how Devon and Deah are slowly coming together, one hears that over and over again when reading about instant love, that does not happen in this series. They still work really well together even though Deah tries to keep Devon at arms length. If they work well now how well will they work if or when they get together? Lila is another story we get to know here a bit more about in this second installment but I am happy with where it is going and hope it may solve the little problem with Felix. Katia is a new character thrown in to the tournament and we learn about her as well since she and Felix used to have a thing. It was funny seeing Lila deal with the jealousy that she clearly didn't want to/ couldn't feel because of their complicated feelings/ relationship. I am highly anticipating the third and final book of the Trilogy. Will Victor finally get what he deserves? Will Deah get caught with all her sneaking around? Will we hear about more monsters in this next installment or maybe figure out why Deah is so good with the monsters?
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep is the 2nd book in her urban fantasy Black Blade series. This is a YA series, but it truly is a series for everyone. Once again I am happy to say that Jennifer Estep has done it again, with another fabulous story. Now that I have completed the second book of this series, I am sure that my comment in the first review is correct. Lila Merriweather, our heroine, is a young Gin Blanco (Elemental Assassin series), and if you love that series, then run quickly to pick up the first book, Cold Burn of Magic, and follow it up with this book. I love everything that Jennifer Estep writes, and I am thrilled with this series, and all the wonderful characters she has created. In Dark Heart of Magic, the story continues as Lila is now Devon’s bodyguard, and secretly works behind the scenes to find out more information on the Sinclair family’s enemy, Victor Draconi. The Draconi’s are a very powerful family, with lots of magical ability, and Victor wants to control all the families. We did learn in the first book that it was Victor, who had killed Lila’s mom years before. Claudia Sinclair is the leader of the Sinclair family, and she is the only one who knows the total truth about Lila, her past and what she is secretly doing. The annual Tournament of Blades is upcoming, and Lila is shocked to find out that she has been selected to be one of the representatives in the tournament for the Sinclair family. Devon is also competing, as is. Deah Draconi, who is Victor’s daughter. She will be defending her title from last year, and is expected to win again. The relationship between Devon and Lila remains mute, even though Devon constantly shows Lila how he cares about her. He is forced to act as friends, since Lila wants nothing more. She knows she is falling for Devon, but just wants to do her job, and eventually leave Cloudburst Falls. So becoming serious with Devon is not an option for Lila; even if it becomes harder each passing day. Before the tournament begins, Devon and Lila discover that someone is murdering tree trolls (one of many types of monsters in this series). Lila using her powers, to “see” the horrific death of the tree troll, and all the blood, but the mystery is on as to why and who. The tournament begins, as Lila and Devon move up, but in a short time someone is sabotaging the tournament, forcing some competitors to bow out injured, as well as murdering one of the competitors. As the tournament reaches the final stage, Lila is forced to make a decision that will affect the outcome. At the same time, the murderer begins to up the game, and Lila will put herself in danger to try to prevent another murder. The mystery of the trolls, and the murder comes full force. Without telling too much more, the ending was a wildly exciting and tense climatic finish that answers all the questions, but will Lila survive? In the first book we learn about who Lila’s mother is, and what she has to do with the Sinclair family. In Dark Heart of Magic, we learn a lot more; what we learn will change the game going forth, as there were many revelations. This is a great series, with a wonderful cast of characters, such as Lila, Devon, Felix, Claudia, Mo, Oscar, Deah; as well as villains you love to hate, such as Victor and Blake. This book was very exciting, fun, suspenseful, action-packed in a fantasy world of magical families and monsters; but most of all it belongs to Lila and Devon, whom we hope will continue to