Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep
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.
Dark Heart of Magic is the second book in the Black Blade series. While the main plot is a distinct mystery, it’s best to read these in order to get the background on these complex characters. Lila is a former thief and now employed by a powerful family. Her main goal is to bring down her mother’s murderer. And she does get to learn some dark secrets he’s hiding. Meanwhile, a Lila must also uncover the tournament saboteur.
With just as much suspense and intrigue as the first, this sequel does not disappoint. I love the character development and learning a little more about Lila’s family. The story is full of fun twists and surprises. As with everything Estep writes, I look forward to the next in this exciting series.