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...
Most of the action happens as the four revered families enter contestants in a tournament designed to entertain both humans and those with magic alike. It's pretty clear right from the start though that someone is determined to win no matter at what cost. Fairness and friendly competition is most definitely not on the agenda!
As Lila continues to fight she becomes increasingly aware that enemies of the Sinclair family are about to step up their game as they prepare for an all-out war! In this land where monsters roam the streets and attack the unwary Lila usually has an edge but something nasty is in Cloudburst Falls and magic and blood are far too often linked!
I really like this series with its likable heroine. Lila is hell-bent on avenging her parents but is intelligent enough to bide her time and make sure she is in the right place at the right time. Not a gung-ho type but most definitely one who will take on any and all comers! It's obvious her affections for Devon cannot be ignored forever as these two seem more drawn to each other with each book and yes, there's a little romance within these pages. Fear not, it's not a sloppy story but a mystery to unravel as the reader follows the clues to find out just how monstrous a person can be. Answers are given about Lila's family that are both shocking and surprising and we even get to find out more about the often hilarious Mo.
Fans of Ms Estep will smile as a certain barbecue restaurant is mentioned, but I'm a little over all the foodie bits as it seems a little too like a certain series involving Gin. I did stay glued to my kindle and had guessed who the big bad was, if honest, but it's a great story with such amazing possibilities and I know for sure I will be snapping up the next instalment.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.