Book 1 in the Midnight Thief series
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy
Summery 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.
I loved the heroine Kyra. She is smart,strong,and fierce but still compassionate and will do anything for the people she loves. She doesn’t have much and was a street rat before she meet her friend Flick and she started stealing for a living. She never steals from the poor only the rich. She doesn’t even know her true age but she and her friends guess at around 17. She doesn’t remember anything before being a street rat including how she became one or her family.
When she is approached by James the leader of the Assassin’s Guild to do some jobs for them(stealing and mapping from and of the Palace)for good money. She agrees after some thought as long as she doesn’t have to kill anyone. James is a huge mystery throw most of the book.I didn’t get much of a read on him until around half way throw. Kyra wants to make the city better for the poor and untitled and other then needing a job and it being good money I think that is why she joined the Guild.
The hero of the story is a knight called Tristam.I loved his character.He is rich but honorable and hates court politics.When he does stay at court there is a great reason. Malikel Tristam’s boss is the only foreigner in the government and an amazing strategist and he treats everyone equal. As you can guess by this summery of his character he is not very popular at a court who cares nothing for anyone but themselves. The Beast Riders will have you trying to figure out who they are and what they want. I found them a very intersecting addition to the book.
In this book I found it very hard to label any one group as good guys or bad guys.This world is very grey. This world has you asking who’s side would you choice? Which side is the worst? There was romance in the book but it wasn’t a huge focus. The action and adventure were top notch. I can’t wait for book 2.
Rating:5 out of 5
Nicole The Reading Rebel