Publisher: Lion's Quill
Release Date: September 12th, 2013
Series: Midnight Thief #0.5
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
James is skilled, efficient, and deadly, a hired blade navigating the shifting alliances of a deteriorating Assassin’s Guild. Then he meets Thalia, an alluring but troubled dancing girl who offers him a way out—if he’ll help her kill a powerful nobleman. With the Guild falling apart, it just might be worth the risk. But when you live, breathe, and love in a world that’s forever flirting with death, the slightest misstep can be poison.
Many of you know I usually do not read novellas unless they are from a series I am heavily invested in but when Livia came to me about POISON DANCE, the prequel to Disney-Hyperion’s July 2014 Release MIDNIGHT THIEF I could not resist. Fantasy is my favorite genre and when you add assassins and romance to the mix, the book had to be a winner.
James, our protagonist, is a fantastic narrator. There are few young adult novels out there with a realistic male narrator and this one of them. Along with James, there are some other very interesting characters that had very unique personalities and original voices.
My largest problem with a novella is usually the length-there is just not enough time or detail to truly invest in the story or characters but POISON DANCE does not have that problem. It is somewhat easy to get into James’s mind and see his motivations. However, the length did hinder the story when it came to the romance. I prefer a slow build, spanning the length of a novel, and this relationship developed quickly.
Overall, this book does a great job grabbing a reader’s interest and hyping up MIDNIGHT THIEF, which comes out in July of 2014. I will certainly be checking it out.
Don’t forget to add MIDNIGHT THIEF to your TBRs!
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.