By Holly Black
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9781442403468, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
Love is dangerous and trust is priceless in Holly Black’s “powerful, edgy dark” fantasy series (Publishers Weekly).
Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.
But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.
Holly Black is the author of The Curse Workers series: White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart; The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories; and the Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. She is an editor of Zombies vs. Unicorns, and she collaborated with Tony DiTerlizzi on the bestselling Spiderwick series. Holly lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and you can visit her at BlackHolly.com.
* "The conclusion to Black’s brilliant and unusual Curse Workers trilogy lives up to its predecessors. . . . 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?" --Kirkus Reviews, *STAR
"This latest installment from best-selling author Black is sure to be on readers’ radars."--Booklist
"This book doesn’t stand alone, but is a welcome addition to the series."--School Library Journal
"The smashing ending to Holly Black's Curse Workers trilogy will keep readers guessing to the final page."--Shelf Awareness
"Fast-paced action, multifaceted characters, and an interesting paranormal world will keep readers hooked."—VOYA
"To be sure, knowledge of the first two books is absolutely crucial to the enjoyment of this one but fans of the series will be thrilled by this richly developed tale. . . ."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Black Heart, the most accomplished in an incredibly accomplished series, continues to raise the stakes even higher. . . . As in the previous novels, Black toys with the reader, but to complain would be a sin. The truth is, Black Heart is essentially a perfect book."--Locus (Gwenda Bond)