Heart of Malice

August 19, 2017

by Lisa Edmonds

Alice Worth is a mage, a rather powerful one too. As a child, her grandfather took advantage of that fact and, after killing her parents, forced her to do his dirty work. It was a work that included so much evil that she eventually faked her own death to escape. Now, her new life as Alice is much more peaceful, and as a PI she now uses her powers to do good. But when a routine case turns sinister, Alice must take care not to expose herself while at the same time helping her client find the truth.

The first chapter of this book really turned me off and I just sighed and felt like I made a mistake to agree to reading it. I felt like it was cliché and I found lots of mistakes and things that didn’t quite make sense. But… even if I was so close to quitting there and then, I decided to read the next chapter too. And I’m so glad that I did. The second chapter was nothing like the first one and luckily the whole book continued in the same way as the second chapter. Also, the first chapter isn’t really necessary at all.

After chapter two I felt intrigued and I wanted to keep reading. The story had a nice pace and the writing was suddenly solid and the characters well developed. So, if you decide to pick this book up, don’t get discouraged after chapter one, keep on reading.

I like how the tension in this book continued throughout the whole thing, it was never boring or slow. New things always happened and the main plot was very well developed and interesting.

There are werewolves, vampires and magic in this book, and I suppose it might be seen as cliché and all that, but for someone like me, who hasn’t read much in this genre, it was great. It isn’t the best book I’ve read, but it’s definitely a book worth reading.

The only thing I don’t really like is the sex scenes in this book. I usually don’t like reading sex scenes no matter what, but the ones in this book felt cliché and just over the top. I can’t really put my finger on what it is about them, but it felt fake. Forced. The cover isn’t really my “cup of tea” either, but the inside is way better than the outside.

So, if you like to read mystery novels with a hint of romance, with vampires, werewolves and mages, then read this one. You won’t regret it.

Four stars for this one.

You can get your copy on Amazon

Wrap Up

Heart of Malice

  • 8/10
  • 8/10
  • 6.5/10
  • 7/10
  • 7/10


  • Great suspense
  • Interesting plot
  • Nicely developed characters
  • Easy to read
  • Interesting world


  • Slow start
  • Unnecessary first chapter
  • Cliché sex scenes

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