06 August, 2014

#BookReview :: 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.



For as long as Kyra remembers, she has been on her own and out on the streets making ends meet. With help of a couple of friends, she has survived the worst part of her life. She may be a mere thief, but no one in the kingdom can climb walls like her. So when a mysterious and sexy James enters her life, offering her a job for the guild, she takes it even if it is to provide her friends a better life and to avoid the soldiers. But soon she realizes that she has bit off more than she can chew. Just about when she is looking for a way out, she gets captured by Tristam. Tristam offers her a chance of redemption… But could she trust him?

Kyra is a smart and stubborn girl, full of spirit. She is a survivor – she had to be to live  on the streets since she could remember. She also has a big heart and a conscience. Despite everything, she could be naïve at times. For instance, she did fall for James’s scheme. However she manages to get herself out of it and eventuall her revenge too. Then there is Tristam, an honorable knight who always tries to do the right thing by everyone and really cares for his friends and people. When their paths cross, there is bound to be some fireworks. James on the other hand is a character I didn’t trust from the beginning.

Slow build up of the plot almost puts the reader on the edge as they realize that something big is about to happen. The author’s narration style is easy to get into and has just enough details about the setting and the background. Though, I have to say, the amount of action is rather disappointing in the story, especially since the blurb talks about an Assassins Guild that instantaneously puts some expectations in a reader’s mind. 

Overall an entertaining fantasy book that I am looking forward to finishing the series.





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