Tree Trolls and Copper Crushers and Humans oh my

A review of Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep

The blurb starts out “Something Wicked This Way Comes…” and that pretty much sums it up. Lila Merriweather has preferred the shadows as a thief. But with the advent of the Tournament, she is thrust into the spotlight whether she likes it or not to be a representative of the Sinclair family. This means garnering the attention of everyone including Victor Draconi. And that just might be something she could do without since Victor is responsible for her parents’ deaths and Lila wants revenge.

Meanwhile, someone is killing Tree Trolls. The trolls are afraid. And they might not be the only monsters being stalked and killed. Copper Crushers also play a part in the story. The biggest monster of all though may be a human responsible for the monsters’ deaths. And the same person might not be averse to stealing magic from other humans.

This is book #2 in the Black Blade series. The characters are the same from book #1, Cold Burn of Magic. One of the good things about book #2 though is that the characters grow and change and become deeper. Even Victor Draconi is shown in more detail than in book #1. He’s turning out to be quite the bad guy.

The plot is fast paced. There are a lot of action scenes in part because of the tournament. I found myself reading the book quickly wanting to know what was going to happen next. There is a romantic subplot, but the action plot is the main plot.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It has good character development and a fast paced plot. It’s also a good urban fantasy. The setting is Cloudburst Falls – the most magical place in America.

There is an excerpt of the book available on the author’s website.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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