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Black Heart


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The conclusion to the gripping Curse Workers series from bestselling author Holly Black.

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Holly Black is the co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles. A New York Times No. 1 bestselling phenomenon, the series has been described as 'vintage Victorian fantasy' and has been made into a hugely sucessful film. The books have been translated into 32 languages. Holly Black lives with her husband in Massachusetts.


Gr 9 Up-Cassel Sharpe's world is filled with intrigue. Things are rarely what they seem, but not because of magic. The teenager can transform any object, or person, into something else. Cassel wants to finish his senior year at Wallingford Prep while trying to find way to leave his con artist legacy behind. Unfortunately, he discovers that there's little difference between working for the Feds (with their "Licensed Minority Division," the only legal way for curse workers to use their powers) and working for Zacharov's mobsters. Cassel's love for Lila Zacharov seems doomed when he signs up with the government and Lila with her crime family. Both organizations want him to use his rare power of transformation to get rid of a powerful politician. Cassel comes up with a way to resolve his problems, stay true to himself, and benefit his family as well as all curse workers. Jesse Eisenberg convincingly voices Cassel's first person narrative in the final book (S&S/Margaret McElderry Bks., 2012) in Holly Black's trilogy. There's lots of violence, blood, angst, sexual tension, and political intrigue in Cassel's familiar but alternate society. All loose ends and subplots are tied up in the satisfying, effectively paced conclusion.-Maria Salvadore, formerly Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

In this third installment of Black's popular series, 17-year-old Cassel Sharpe is a Curse Worker who can transform anyone and anything into another object-and in a world where magic is outlawed that makes him a wanted man. No matter how hard he tries to be normal, circumstances get in the way-even the object of his affection, Lila, is the daughter of the mob boss holding Cassel's mother hostage. And with the government out to harness his powers for evil, Cassel's life is about to get even more complicated. This audio edition benefits from the talents of narrator Jesse Eisenberg, whose youthful sounding voice and fast-paced delivery perfectly reflect the young protagonist whose self-confidence is developing in his very unstable world. Eisenberg-who narrated the two previous volumes in the series-delivers a strong performance that will captivate listeners and satisfy Curse Workers fans. Ages 12-up. A Gollancz paperback. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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