Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
July 8, 2014
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* ARC borrowed from My Friends Are Fiction (Thanks, Kristen! :D)
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.
First sentence: “This job could kill her.”
A thief, an Assassins Guild, and “a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats”? Midnight Thief should be a book I’d love to pieces, right?
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I thought it was okay. I didn’t love it as much as the people who raved about its awesomeness. I think the only thing I truly loved was the Demon Riders. Other than that, I was incredibly disappointed because it was dull and slow-paced, and I couldn’t connect with Kyra or Tristam. It took me a long while to warm up to it. The twists were a bit predictable and it only satisfied me for a while, but I still enjoyed the things Kyra, the main character, overcame and learned as a result. I wasn’t a fan of the romance. Also, I was expecting a big emphasis on the friendships (and a group working together), but I didn’t get that. My expectations for this book weren’t met at all.
Regardless of my lack of love for Midnight Thief, it had really good world-building in it and lots of twists, albeit predictable, that kept me interested in what would happen next for Kyra.