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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

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.
*(summary courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review:
When I first heard about this book, I was so ecstatic;  it had everything I wanted to read about. Thieves? Check. Assassins? Check? Kick ass heroine with a love interest? Check and check.
The high expectations I had just weren't met in this book.  Don't get me wrong, it is an imaginative medieval-fantasy that attracted my attention in the first place; "It's so Assassin's Creed," was my first thought.  Except the game is a quite bit better written than this, because Assassin's Creed can do no wrong in my eyes.  However I was definitely engrossed in this book, as I was rapidly flipping the pages to find out what happens next.
The action was probably my favorite part besides the whole assassin/thief theme.  I'm glad the female lead could hold her own in a fight. Kyra seemed to be a little naive (maybe because of her age) and kind of flighty at times.  Sometimes Kyra even confused me as to which side she was really on.  Tristam was just, bland.  He was missing a certain "je ne sais quoi".  He was just uninteresting to me. I hope in the future books he develops a personality; he's like the Tin Man. The POV shifts in first person between Tristam and Kyra. 
I wasn't expecting the whole supernatural element to the story.  It was kind of out of left field, but it didn't exactly ruin it for me.  The ending was unsatisfactory to me only because it left me with unanswered questions like: Who are Kyra's parents? Will we see the shapeshifters again? etc. But then I realized that this is a series so....yeah.  I'm going to give the author the benefit of the doubt because it is the first book.  It's not easy finding the right rhythm in the first book of any series.  I'll tune in for the next book to see how it goes. I hope it gets better.

368 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

My Rating:  🔔🔔🔔
Recommend?  It's worth a read, I suppose


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