Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Title: Midnight Thief
Author: Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: July 8, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
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


Upon finishing Midnight Thief, I am still marveling over how FULL this book was. So much happens! Kyra spends time as a thief-for-hire, a member of the Assassin’s Guild, under capture of the Palace guards and in the company of the demon riders. The story was sophisticated and the progression of events felt natural. Furthermore, the breadth of the story and dual-POV gave the reader familiarity with a range of characters and their motives. And it was all SO WELL DONE. I never felt confused by the story or like it was rushed or lacking. I really, really enjoyed it.

Not only was Midnight Thief fast-paced and exciting but Blackburne knows how to play on our heart strings. This book definitely invoked its share of emotions but that just goes to show how fast I came to care for these characters. And it was full of surprises. I never knew quite what to expect from these characters and the ending definitely spoke to that. It was AWESOME and I am so so excited to see where Blackburne takes the story next. Yet, I really appreciated that Midnight Thief was self-contained.

It was so easy to root for Kyra. She was so very relatable – she had good intentions but she was not without flaws. It didn’t hurt that she was also BADASS and I admired her skills. There is some romance in this book but it is subtle and doesn’t really reveal itself until the end. It was by no means a main focus, more like a promise of something to come. And I really liked that.

Midnight Thief is quite an impressive debut and I definitely recommend it, especially for Fantasy-lovers. There’s a new badass chick in town! ;)
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