Originally published on July 22, 2012.
last year and Red Glove earlier this month. I doubt that anyone will
read this book that hasn't read the previous two, so I'll keep my comments
Overall, I was pleased with how well the series tied up some of my
questions from the previous two books. Unfortunately, the third book introduced
several new conflicts that it left unresolved. I felt like the ending,
especially, left it wide open for another book--but I haven't heard of any plans
In Black Heart, teenage curse worker Cassel Sharpe
continues to grapple with where to place his loyalties--with the mob or with the
federal agents, or with only himself? He truly wants to do good, but the people
in his life keep conspiring to use him to futher their own ends. I thought this
passage summed up the main idea quite well:
"I don't know if I'm
being set up. I don't know who the good guys are anymore.
thought that the people I grew up around--mostly criminals--were different from
regular people. Certainly different from cops, from federal agents with their
shiny badges. I thought grifters and con men were just born bad. I thought
there was some inner flaw in us. Something corrupt that meant that we'd never
be like other people--that the best we could do is ape
"But now I wonder--what if everyone is pretty much the
same and it's just a thousand small choices that add up to the person you are?
No good or evil, no black and white, no inner demons or angels whispering the
right answers in our ears like it's some cosmic SAT test. Just us, hour by
hour, minute by minute, day by day, making the best choices we
"The thought is horrifying. If that's true, then there's
no right choice. There's just choice."