If you're new to this series, beware that the following synopsis does contain spoilers for the previous books. Why not read my review of the first book, Darkness Watching, instead.
Can a demon’s heart of ice be thawed?
Ash may have escaped death several times, but now things are finally looking up. The doppelganger is gone, she’s dating Leo, and the Venantium are staying away from her - for now. But a new threat rises from the Darkworld, and only the fortune-teller knows the true extent of the danger they’re in.
Lucifer, a sorcerer who did the impossible and cheated death through escaping to the Darkworld, is on the move. Now his second-in-command, Mephistopheles the demon, is loose in our world - and will do anything to win Ash over to his side.
The Venantium fear a repeat of the Demon Wars, the demonic invasion that wiped out the Blackstone family. But there’s more to those events than the records reveal. When Ash finds the lost diary of Melivia Blackstone, she starts to dig into the past to find the town’s forgotten history - leading to a revelation that shocks her to the core.
Leo seems to be the only person Ash can rely on, yet can she truly open up to him, knowing what she is? Blackstone’s dark history is rising to the surface, and it seems even memory can lie. The worst betrayal waits around the corner, and Ash has to decide whether to trust Leo with her darkest secret, even when it has the potential to destroy them both…
I find this a very nice and fast reading series. Perfect for when you're looking for something that isn't too complicated and perfect for when you just want to relax after a day's work (or for whatever reason whatsoever).
Demon Heart is much in line with the previous books, although I thought there was slightly more drama, which I could have done without. Many characters from the previous books are taking a bigger role in this instalment although I thought some of the new connections were a bit too much of a coincidence.
Apparently there's quite some magical people in Blackstone, and a number of unregistered magicians though still everything seems to happen to this particular set of friends. I'd say that if there's such a large magical community in and around Blackstone, why even allow the 'muggles' on campus. It would make the prevention of discovery a lot easier. These are only relatively small things and I would like to know where the story is going in the next year of Ash's studies.
Demon Heart is the third novel in the Darkworld series, previous instalments are Darkness Watching and Walking Shadow. There's also a prequel novella called Fear's Touch.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review during this book tour, thanks!
About The Author:
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).
Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and inappropriate humour. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.