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Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne Book 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. In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.
Pages: 376
Source: Publisher

It's no secret that I adore the fantasy genre. Whenever I get into a reading slump or I find myself dissatisfied and disappointed with fiction in general, I pick up a fantasy book. They're my comfort zone; the place I return when I'm missing home. Of course, I can always find myself let down by the fantasy realm as well, but there's something about this genre that makes me happy, no matter how well the book is written. Do you guys have a genre like that as well? (In other words, am I just making things up, or is this a feeling that you can relate to?)

 I've got to say that Midnight Thief was a wonderful book to get me out of my reading slump. I've been so busy reading material for all my history and English classes that I wasn't leaving time for personal reading and I honestly wasn't finishing the novels I did make time for. But I finished this one. (Rather quickly actually) This book distracted me from the dramas of my reality and sucked me into this imaginary kingdom filled with adventure, magic, and intriguing mystery. What more can a stressed student ask for? 

No matter how much I love reading a book split into multiple points of view, I think it is a very difficult trick for authors to pull off. They only have so many pages to forge a relationship between not just one, but multiple characters, and the reader. And I think the connection between a character and yourself is the most vital part of a book. It forms a foundation for the rest of the story. If you believe in and relate to the hero of the book, you are all the more willing to suspend your disbelief and enjoy adventures in an imaginary setting. You're more willing to invest time in the story, even if it spans across multiple sequels. This relationship, if it can be formed, is the difference between readers and dedicated fans. So creating multiple voices who are both vying to tell their story can be a bit of a gamble, but I think it payed off in this situation. 

Both Kyra and Tristam were wonderful narrators. I could connect with each of them in different ways, like Kyra's dedication to those she loved and Tristam constantly trying to balance his duty and his own beliefs. They never made the story repetitive by telling certain events twice, but added dimension to a already exciting tale. And I love how their stories started separately and eventually connected and slowly (slowly being the key word here) intertwined into something more than mutual respect and admiration. I love being able to see how a relationship forms from both sides of the equation. 

And I'm always amazed when a book is able to surprise me. And there's definitely a twist to this story that took me unawares. It adds a whole new level to the story and successfully left me wanting for the sequel. This book didn't always keep me glued to the page, but it was a refreshing and exciting story that has left me a little impatient for Livia Blackburne to release information about the second in the series. And as a fantasy novel, it successfully affirmed my belief that the fantasy genre is second to none in the fictional realm. (Please feel free to disagree as you please)

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!


  1. So glad this surprised you and that you really enjoyed it! Great review!

  2. I'm so so happy you enjoyed this one and yeah you're right. This one really surprised me too. I loved it for that. Great review :)


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