Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

Title: Midnight Thief
Series: Midnight Thief, #1
Author: Livia Blackburne
Category: High Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 
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.

My Review:

Since reading the Novella for this series, I have been very excited about Midnight Thief. And I’m very happy to say that that excitement was well met! I feel that Blackburne did create a unique new high-fantasy to get lost in. She added a very interesting element that made me fall for the story and has left me wanting more.

The book did have a bit of a slow start up, and it did take a while to really get into the heart of the plot; however, that didn’t deter my interest all that much. Once things got started though, I couldn’t put this one down! The world that Blackburne created has some common themes; however, she did add in one twist that left me pretty speechless and absolute captivated! 

I also enjoyed Blackburne’s writing style; usually third person doesn’t pull me in, but this one did! This is a more personal opinion of mine, but I do wish there was more detail.  To me, I felt that there could have been more details, more description, given about the environment and the characters. But that’s my own personal preference and my only complaint I have.  
As Kyra's captor stared at her face, the world resolved into details -- his eyes, wide with shock and recognition, the insignia on his tunic that marked him as a knight, and the circle of guards that killed any remaining hope of escape. 
The characters were definitely interesting. Each one held their own personalities. Kyra is a very unique heroine and I instantly liked her. I wanted to know about her past and watch her grow. Which she did at a great pace throughout the book. Also learning about her past was a part of the book I just couldn’t get enough of and I can’t wait till more is revealed.  Kyra is a smart and very capable character; I’m looking forward to where she is heading.

Tristam, to me, also felt like a unique kind of character. He and Kyra have very opposing roles, yet I found them similar in a few ways as well. Both are loyal and strong characters, yet with fears that made them real. I liked his character and I definitely can’t wait to get more of him!

I also enjoyed each side character that made an appearance as well. I’m also happy to see James in this one; though I won’t spoil his role in the book, I will say the role he played wasn’t what I expected. And I liked that, though it also made me sad. 

I was able to figure out where the story was heading and quite a few of the plot developments that took place. But that didn’t take away from the story for me. However, there was one twist I just didn’t see coming and I will say that Blackburne did an amazing job adding that element. It gave the book another aspect to it that made me quite impressed. 
Kyra smiled despite herself, suddenly shy, and took her leave. She could sense Tristam watching her as she walked, and the touch of his lips lingered on her hand well after she turned the corner. 
Overall, Midnight Thief definitely took me by surprise. In the good, of course! It was an exciting and intense read, filled with characters I enjoyed, a world that is both mysteries and dangerous. I can’t wait to see where the series is going to go! 


  1. Nice review, Magen. I don't read too much High Fantasy but you've kicked up my interest in this one.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. The interesting story line sounds good, but not so much the slow start

    1. It didn't take too long for it to pick up :)

  3. I think I know which twist you didn't see coming because it is probably the same one I didn't see coming! Also James made me so sad too! Didn't expect that of him. So glad you enjoyed this one Magen. Great review!

  4. Hmm, the title sounds really familiar, but maybe I am confusing it with another book. Anyway, glad that you liked it, Magen. Awesome review!

  5. I find that most fantasy novels are a bit slow to begin with as they build the world, but after a while I can't put them down! Great review Magen... Tristam and Kyra sound like well developed characters and I know I would enjoy this world!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace


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