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…
This is the second instalment in the Black Blade series and as the previous book this one falls in the young adult segment although it is less “young” and more mature than a lot of books in this segment. It is an enjoyable read even for adult readers, at least if you have some of that youth spirit left in you. It is written in the usual Jennifer Estep style, which is good, but with a slant towards the younger audience compared to, for example, the Elemental Assassin series.
The adventures of Lila continues as she has to unravel more of the plot of Victor Draconi. Just to complicate matters she is entered into the Tournament of Blades competition by the Sinclair family head and there is another sinister player around bent on winning the tournament…by any means necessary.
It is a good well written story with a few twists as it progresses. I quite like the various characters on the good side and the chief bad guy is really a nasty piece of work. As I mentioned he is not the only baddie around which leads to a few additional twists making the story all the more interesting.
On the whole a well done young adult book which does not fall into the trap of being short on story and generally immature and childish like too many young adult books around.