Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Review: Poison Dance (Midnight Thief #0.5) by: Livia Blackburne

Release Date: September 12, 2013
from Lion's Quill Press
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"James is skilled, efficient, and deadly, a hired blade navigating the shifting alliances of a deteriorating Assassin’s Guild. Then he meets Thalia, an alluring but troubled dancing girl who offers him a way out—if he’ll help her kill a powerful nobleman. With the Guild falling apart, it just might be worth the risk. But when you live, breathe, and love in a world that’s forever flirting with death, the slightest misstep can be poison. Poison dance is approximately 14,000 words, or 54 printed pages."

My Thoughts:

This was a super quick read and one I really enjoyed. It is the perfect set up for the upcoming Midnight Thief series. It introduces the reader to the world and sets up all the danger and intrigue that is to come. I was excited for this series to begin with, but now I really cannot wait to get my hands on the first full length novel. This seems like exactly my kind of series.

James and Thalia were interesting characters and they worked well together. Neither has had an easy life. When Thalia offers James a way out, he takes it and the two form an interesting relationship. Thalia has her own mission and nothing will deter her from it. I enjoyed watching these two work together and grow closer. The ending honestly took me by complete surprise and I never in a million years expected the story to go the way it did.

Poison Dance succeeded in setting up the world for Midnight Thief and I cannot wait to see more of that world. Clearly there is lots of danger and intrigue and I am really looking forward to seeing how the events in this novella shape the events to come. All in all a great novella.


  1. Love it when a story surprises you! Nice review.

  2. I loved this one as well. Now let's hope that Midnight Thief will be as good as I hope :) Great review, Teresa :)

  3. OH! I really wanna read Midnight Theif and I didn't know about the novella! Bad Magen and your horrible keeping tract of book related things skill!! Hehe :D Glad you enjoyed this one and I'm so going to read it!

    Great mini review you awesome girl!

  4. Great Mini Review Teresa! I'm glad you enjoyed this story, and it set you up perfectly for the series! I love when a story has danger, intrigue, and takes me by surprise at the end!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed this Teresa. I'm kinda excited about this series. :)

  6. Awesome mini-review, love! I adore quick reads like this that set up the first book in a series. Thanks for sharing! <3


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