BLACK HEART by Holly Black
Kirkus Star

BLACK HEART

From the "Curse Workers" series, volume 3
Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

The conclusion to Black’s brilliant and unusual Curse Workers trilogy lives up to its predecessors.

After everything he’s been through, it’s hard to believe Cassel has any more tricks up his sleeve: He's figured out the truth about himself and signed on as a Fed-in-training, as has his charming and utterly unreliable older brother. But of course things don’t go as planned; there are a lot of long cons Cassel has set in play or disrupted whose ripples are still being felt. And there’s Lila, Cassel’s best friend and the love of his life, who is also the rising head of a crime family—and who hates Cassel’s guts. Black’s gotten the world of her novel down perfectly, a fascinating alternate Now in which the debate over curse workers (magic wielders) feels uncomfortably familiar (corrupt government, dispossessed citizens), and Cassel’s voice never falters. If this volume has a bit less punch than the previous two, it’s only because readers know to expect the unexpected, not because the plotting is any less tight and twisty. And the conclusion, which is happier than might have been expected but not ideal and certainly not pat, is the perfect end to this gem of a trilogy.

If you haven’t discovered this series yet, get going; if you’re already a fan, why are you even reading this review? (Urban fantasy/thriller. 14 & up)

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0346-8
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: McElderry
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2012




BEST TEEN BOOKS OF 2012: IN OTHER WORLDS:

ChildrenTIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
ChildrenTHE DEMON CATCHERS OF MILAN by Kat Beyer
by Kat Beyer
ChildrenBLACK HEART by Holly Black
by Holly Black
ChildrenGIRL OF NIGHTMARES by Kendare Blake
by Kendare Blake

MORE BY HOLLY BLACK

ChildrenTHE COPPER GAUNTLET by Holly Black
by Holly Black
ChildrenTHE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
by Holly Black
ChildrenTHE IRON TRIAL by Holly Black
by Holly Black
ChildrenDOLL BONES by Holly Black
by Holly Black

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenIN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE by Gabrielle Zevin
by Gabrielle Zevin
IndieRESTRICTED WATERS by Kara Lynn Conyer
by Kara Lynn Conyer
ChildrenA WEB OF AIR by Philip Reeve
by Philip Reeve
FictionTHE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block
by Francesca Lia Block