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Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Midnight ThiefTitle: Midnight Thief

Author: Livia Blackburne

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Series: Midnight Thief (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 376 Pages

ISBN-10: 1423176383 (Disney-Hyperion)

ISBN-13: 978-1423176381 (Disney-Hyperion)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.

Quick & Dirty: Gripping high fantasy that is impossible to put down.  With amazing characters, a gorgeous world, and wonderful adventure this is a must read for all high fantasy fans!

Opening Sentence: This  job could kill her.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Kyra has been an orphan ever since she can remember and for years she grew up in the streets. Eventually she learned how to provide for herself by stealing what she needs. She never takes more than she needs to survive, but sometimes it would be nice to have more. When she is offered a place with the Assassins Guild, she doesn’t know if she will be able to refuse — even if it is the right thing to do. Working for the Guild will provide her with more money than she would ever need and the opportunity to help kids that are less fortunate like her. But even though the Guild’s intentions are honorable, the way they go about it to fulfill their goals isn’t always the best, and joining them would mean that Kyra would have to do things that go against everything she believes in. But the leader of the Guild is very persuasive and the reward might be too great to pass up.

Tristam has always known that he would be a knight.  All his brothers, his father, and even his grandfather were knights.  Tristam is almost finished with his training and he plans to move back out to the country and join the road patrols. But his plans change when one of his closest friends is brutally murdered by Demon Riders. Instead of retiring to the quite countryside he asks to be assigned to work under the Ministry of Defense in hopes of catching the killer of his best friend. His new job brings him into the city and face to face with a thief that has extraordinary talents.

Kyra is such an amazing heroine. She is witty, interesting and a very well rounded character.  Having grown up on the streets she has always had to steal to survive.  She is an amazing thief and can do things that most other people would think impossible.  I think my favorite thing about Kyra is that even though she doesn’t always follow the law she tries to always do the right thing.  She has made some terrible mistakes in her life and there have been some pretty dire consequences because of those bad decisions. But Kyra takes responsibly for her choices and she tries to make amends whenever it is required.  She has many amazing qualities, but she also has lot of realistic flaws that made her a very believable character. She was a very easy character to connect with I loved reading every minute of her story.

Tristam is an adorable guy and I instantly loved him.  He has lived a somewhat sheltered life until very recently and I really respected how loyal and honest he is. He is also really intelligent which is always a very attractive quality to have.  He is a soldier and therefore is suppose to follow whatever he is commanded to do, but I love that he has a rebellious streak whenever it comes to doing the right thing. He is someone that you can cheer for and easily fall in love with.  His relationship with Kyra is very subtle and develops very slowly throughout the story. For the most part their relationship isn’t romantic, but I there is hope that it could turn into that in future books. Overall, I totally adored Tristam and think that he is a great male character.

Midnight Thief was an exceptional story that I loved from start to finish. Going into this book I had heard a lot of good things about it so I had pretty high expectations and it did not disappoint.  The world that Blackburne created was gorgeous and descriptive! There was great adventure and tons of suspense that definitely keeps you intrigued throughout the entire book. Surprisingly the story also really pulled at my heartstrings as well. There were lots of emotional moments intermixed with all of the action that was constantly streaming through every page, which made me love the story even more. There is very little romance in the book but there was just enough to satisfy me and leave lots of room for more in future books. I loved all the characters and seriously can’t wait to be inside their heads again. The ending wrapped things up very nicely but it also left you wanting to know more about this world and the amazing characters that reside in it.  I can honestly tell you that after reading this, Daughter of Dusk, has jumped to the very top of my most anticipated reads of 2015! This book was a total home run for me and I would highly recommend it to every young adult fantasy fan!

Notable Scene:

The stonework didn’t begin at ground level, but there was a ledge above the first floor. Using a nearby barrel as a step, she jumped and caught the ledge, pulling herself over. She stood for a moment, belly to the wall, probing it with her fingers. The rock would support her weight. She took a breath and dug her fingers into two of the deeper carvings. One foot went up next, and then she pushed herself up as she reached for a higher handhold. Soon, she had worked out a rhythm and climbed steadily up the side of the building.

Her spirits lifted as she climbed. This was what she could do, and do well. Kyra was aware of her audience and, after the day’s frustrations, couldn’t resist showing off a little. Her swings were higher than usual, and her final jump from the stonework to the window perhaps more dramatic than it needed to be. Finally, she hung from the window, her hands clinging to neighboring slots. With another breath, she pulled herself up and slipped an arm in. From there, it was a quick scramble to squeeze her head and torso through, and the rest of her body followed.

The bell tower was strangely peaceful. There was a platform where the bell was supposed to be, and everything was covered with a thick layer of dust. From there it was easy to find the stairs back down, and it was indeed about a quarter hour after she started when Kyra turned the bolt and opened the front door. She caught different expressions as the men passed by. Some regarded her with appreciation. Rand stared at her as if seeing her for the first time. More than one looked at her with fear in their eyes, and she caught Alex making a sign to ward off evil spirits. Bacchus’s gaze still wasn’t friendly, but it didn’t hold his usual sneer.

Midnight Thief Series:

0.5 Poison Dance

1. Midnight Thief

2. Daughter of Dusk

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FTC Advisory:  Disney-Hyperion provided me with a copy of Midnight Thief.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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