Review: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Posted January 24, 2017 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 1 Comment

Review: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer EstepDark Heart of Magic (Black Blade, #2) by Jennifer Estep
Published by Kensington on October 27th 2015
Genres: fantasy, Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade, #1), Bright Blaze of Magic
Also by this author: Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost

"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...

Quickie Review

This was a great follow up to Cold Burn of Magic. It didn’t suffer middle book syndrome, and I loved every second of it.  I swear Lila reminds me so much of Gin Blanco from the Elemental Assassin series.  She’s like a younger version of Gin, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She also has a tendency to think she can do everything on her own, which can come back to bite her in the butt at times.

There are a few parts that are predictable, but there were also things that I didn’t see coming. We learn a bit more about how the families are connected and it’s definitely enlightening.

If you like action, with a little bit of romance and whole lot of friendship thrown in, this is definitely a series you’ll want to read.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.


Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Unwanted, e-novella #14.5 in the series, will be released on July 18Unraveled, book #15, will be released on Aug. 30.


Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.


For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.
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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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