Author: Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief #1
Date: July 2014
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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.
There was a lot of hype around this book at the 2014 Book Expo America (BEA) and the reviews I read made me want get my hands on this book on release day. I was lucky enough to find an actual print copy at a resell book shop 3 weeks before it was scheduled to be released. I felt it was my lucky day! I raced home to start on what I had hoped would be an amazing adventure into mystery and fantasy. Alas, my expectations were probably greater than what the story could deliver.