Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Posted July 28, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 9 Comments

Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief

by Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief #1
Pages: 274
Published on July 8th 2014
by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | 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.

3 Stars

Okay. So that was interesting. While I can see that this is a very good book with good writing and great characters… I just didn’t feel it. I can’t describe it. I just didn’t connect to the story at all. And I so wish I did.

Midnight Thief is about Kyra, who has gotten around for years by stealing from the rich. She’s very good at scaling walls and sneak around without anyone hearing her. When the leader of the Assassins Guild offers her a job, she’s not so sure. Soon she’s sucked into the Guild with no way out. He’s asking things of her that Kyra isn’t ready to do and she starts feeling like she’s losing herself along the way. Then she crosses paths with Tristam, a young knight at the Palace. His best friend was murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats and he wants to avenge his death. Fate brought them together and they have to join forces if they want to survive.

Most of this was a bit predictable and that could’ve easily been avoided. The blurb reveals more than half of the plot. It doesn’t give details but everything the blurb talks about… Well it’s about 70% of the book. I really don’t like it when that happens! Leave some things a suprise, don’t mistake a blurb for a summary. A blurb has to make you excited for the book. And this one did that, but then I read the book and I was like… they could just as easily add all the details in and it’s a summary of the story. As a result from that, I didn’t feel anything while reading. I wasn’t hooked to the story. I was just bored most of the time.

Yeah, the characters and writing are great, I can see that. Kyra is a great character and I loved her, but I didn’t connect to her. I liked her struggles to keep true to herself while she’s in the Guild. But at the same time… I didn’t feel like she learned anything by the end of the book. Sure, she knows more about her past now, but that’s it. The one character that I did feel like it had a lot of depth and development is Tristam. I did feel more for him than for the rest and he did grow a lot.

Overall I would say that this is a great book, ruined by the lack of surprise because of a very revealing blurb. If you like fantasy, I do encourage you to try it out. Maybe this is all just me, I don’t know. The writing is good and the story is good, so you might as well give it a shot. Also, that cover is cool but I don’t see how it fits with the story. Am I missing something?


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9 responses to “Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

  1. This sounds like the kind of book where it’s better to just go in blind, you know? It’s a shame that the blurb really ruined the plot twists and such for you, but I’m glad you enjoyed it despite that. Thanks for sharing Bee and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

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  2. Why do they make blurbs like that. I loath when they reveal 70%, it is like those movie trailers were all the best moments were in the trailer! I was hopeful about this, but reviews have all been meh. Thanks for breaking it down, I am glad you thought it was decent, but this will end up being a library pick for me.

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