Title: Midnight Thief
Author: Livia Blackburne
Release Date: July 8th, 2014
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.
MY TAKE ON THIS BOOK:
Loved the cover of this book….picked the book because of the cover. Now onto the book, Kyra has gained a reputation as a girl who can get into any building. One day she is approached by a guy who offers her money to steal a jewel but she doesn’t find one, in spite of that the guy offers her more coin than they agreed upon. The next day she is offered a job by the same guy (who is the leader of the assassin’s guild).Kyra agrees since she is short on the coin and has to take her of her loved ones. Simultaneously on the other side, Tristam of Brancel , a young knight joins the palace to take revenge against the demon riders for the death of his best friend Jack.
Now onto the characters, Kyra is loyal and selfless. She will do anything for her loved ones. Despite everything she’d been through, Kyra had managed to grow a family. She’d managed to find her place in the world, as ragged as it was, and that was simply amazing. She also wants to prove her worthiness to the assassin guild leader. Tristam is also another loyal one. His dedication and the mentality to follow orders of his superiors sometimes pisses me off (I mean dude….take a break…chill a little). James is the mysterious one…we know that he was in love with another girl but that’s it, rest is all a mystery. I guess his character is explained in the prequel which I haven’t read yet. He is old, handsome, cunning and dedicated to his guild which makes him attractive to Kyra. Also, romance starts blooming between Kyra and Tristam late in the book.
Overall, the biggest downfall for me was the fact that there were a lot of threads – the corruption of the government, the tactics of the assassin’s guild, and the barbarian attacks – which caused the plot to be spread a little thing but the first book gives us insight as to who Kyra actually is. There were times the book was so good that I couldn’t put it down. Going to continue with the series as I hate when things are half explained.