Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lila is finally adjusting to the fact she must keep Devon Sinclair safe, but who would have thought she would need to compete in the Tournament of Blades? Devon knows that she will probably win this competition, even though that means he would have to be beaten also. The matches are getting more and more intense, but when accidents start happening on and off the field, Lila and her friends take it upon themselves to figure out the mystery. Is the Draconi family behind these attacks? Are the murders of monsters in Cloudburst Falls connected to the attacks at the games?
Dark Heart of Magic is the second book in the Black Blade series. Estep doesn’t spend too much time helping readers remember the first story, but since these characters and their backstory are so unique, readers shouldn’t have any problems quickly falling into this account. This fantasy novel has action, romance and mystery to entice readers of many genres into its pages. Readers may be able to start with this book, but it would definitely be less confusing if they begin with the first in the series. My only regret with this book is the next volume isn’t scheduled to be released until April 2016.
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