For one thing, it means being on the opposite side of the law from Lila, the girl he loves. She’s the daughter of a mob boss and, though Cassel is pretty sure she can never love him back, he can’t stop obsessing over her. Which would be bad enough, even if her father wasn’t keeping Cassel’s mother prisoner until she returns the priceless diamond she scammed off him years ago. Too bad she can’t remember where she put it.
The Feds say they need Cassel to get rid of a powerful man who is spinning dangerously out of control. But if they want Cassel to use his unique talent to hurt people, what separates the good guys from the bad ones? With no easy answers and no one he can trust, love might be the most dangerous gamble of all.
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By Dave on 25-04-12
Can You Live Long Enough to Make The Big Score?
Holly Black concludes her Curse Workers trilogy with a bang as Cassel Sharpe finds himself playing both sides of the law - doing his best to make sure that he, his friends, and family come out of it alive. Both the mob and the feds want Cassel for the special talent he possesses, and as the story progresses, it gets harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
And yet - for a story involving murder, mobsters, con artists, and all other moral shades of gray - it's surprising how incredibly fun this book is.
As much as the cons and the crime, what anchors Black Heart (and the rest of this series) are the characters and their relationships. It's great to see everyone again - Sam and Danica, even when they hate each other, make you feel like you're hanging out with old friends. Lila Zacharov, now working for her father's brand of organized crime, gets to show her ruthless side, and it does not disappoint. The angst between her and Cassel is pitch-perfect - it's never in question whether or not they're in love; what you're not sure of is if it will work - whether or not they're lives are just too different. But Black does an especially excellent job of ratcheting up the complexity of Cassel's relationship to his brother Baron, making Baron one of the most compelling and interesting characters in the series. If Black comes back to these characters and this world, it would be really fascinating to see more of Baron.
Jesse Eisenberg's narration plays it all straight, his voice never giving away who is safe, who is dangerous, and who is conning you. His reading is perfect for these books.
It's a solid ending to an outstanding trilogy. I hope one day we get more Curse Workers books.
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By Ioana M. Popescu on 07-05-12
Jesse Eisenberg's voice warms my heart. Spot on.
What did you love best about Black Heart?
Excellent story, great characters (Cassel for ever!!!) and Jesse's interpretation is perfection.
What other book might you compare Black Heart to and why?
Of course, White Cat and Red Glove.
Which character – as performed by Jesse Eisenberg – was your favorite?
Cassel!!!! His voice breaks in all the right moments. He is Cassel in my mind now :) Also, Baron!!! :D He does a great Baron voice :D
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