Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Review: Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by: Livia Blackburne

Release Date: July 8, 2014
from Disney-Hyperion
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives."

My Thoughts:

Lately all I have wanted to read is high fantasy (this becomes a problem when you have a TBR full of contemporary), so when it came time to read Midnight Thief I was elated. This book just seemed like it would be everything I was dying for and having read the prequel novella Poison Dance (which is currently free - *wink wink nudge nudge*) I was really excited to get back to this world. Midnight Thief turned out to be everything I was looking for.

Kyra is a wonderful heroine and I really really loved her. She is the kind of character that doesn’t look like much but really she is smart and very dangerous. However, she isn’t a bad person. She has morals, but at the same time she does what she needs to do in order to survive. Life is not easy in this world and Kyra adapts in the only way she knows how to. When she is approached by the leader of the Assassins Guild she isn’t sure because of her morals, but the offer is too good to pass up and she needs to survive. Her decision here is what will cause the rest of the story and the way it all plays out is fantastic.

Our other main character is Tristam. Tristam basically represents everything opposite of Kyra. He has grown up secure and wealthy and has a promising future as a knight. However, Tristam begins to learn that everything the Council decides may not be for the greater good. I liked Tristam because he had a strong sense of duty but he still had the morals to question his orders. He is a good character. When he and Kyra cross paths and have to work together, it proves to be an interesting dynamic. Despite their very different upbringings, they still have quite a lot in common and work well together.

The other character I really want to discuss is James, but I can’t discuss James because of spoilers. I came to really love James in Poison Dance, so seeing him now was quite different. I have a soft spot for James, but I can’t say I agreed with everything he did. And like I said, I have a lot more I want to say but I can’t *sigh*. 

The world in Midnight Thief is really great and set up really well. I could really visualize how the world was and I felt like I was there. The story starts off a tad slow, but this is because the author really takes the time to set up the story. We aren’t just thrust into the action. We get to really know Kyra and Tristam and see them make the decisions that drive the storyline at the end.

I think my favorite thing about Midnight Thief was the twist. It was awesome. I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t see it at all. That is always a truly fun moment and one of my favorite things about reading. I cannot wait to see how this twist plays into later books. 

All in all, Midnight Thief is a great read and high fantasy fans will eat this one up. A truly engaging read from beginning to end.


  1. Love hearing that Kyra is smart, strong and not to be looked over. I have avoided this for some reason.

    1. You should give it a try.... it was a really enjoyable high fantasy.

  2. I read POison Dance and I liked it, the world reminded me of ToG. I want to read this too but Hyperion doesn't like me LOL

  3. I've never heard of Poison Dance before, but it certainly sounds interesting! I'm glad you found a great book to fill that fantasty itch. Great review!

  4. Love your review! I hadn't heard of this series before! Definitely going to check out the novella and go from their. I am excited to hear about how Kyra is kind of what sounds like a bad ass. Thank you for another amazing review.

  5. A twist, huh? Love those too. Glad you enjoyed.

  6. I'm starting Poison Dance today!! And I can't wait to get to this one! I know how much you enjoyed it! I love the sound of the characters, the world, and I'm so very intrigued by this twist! I'm very excited about this one!!

    Great review!

    1. I am so excited for you to read this book! You are my High Fantasy kindred spirit lol *muggle huggles*

  7. Now Wifey, you know I don't read high fantasy... but you sure make me want to! This sounds so fantastic! I must know this twist!! Aaaaah!! I love how much you loved this one -- and that cover is so mesmerizing! Awesome review, Wifey! I think it might be time I step out of my reading comfort zone and pick this one up! I'm off to grab Poison Dance! *tackle hugs*


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