[eARC Review] The Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Title: Midnight Thief
Author: Livia Blackburne
Series: The Midnight Thief #1
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure
Format: Hardcover, 376 pages
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: eARC copy received by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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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.


When I picked up this book I felt hooked right away. The world was extremely well done and I loved getting immersed in it, and finding out how the characters would live in such a world. The writing in this book was phenomenal, I loved everything about the way the author described this world. She created a world that took me by surprise and I loved it until the very end. Another aspect of this book that I loved was the main character. Kyra was strong, fierce and extremely loyal and I loved that the author created her as our main character because she was such a great person to read. although she was not perfect, I mean really what character is, I loved watching her navigate her mistakes and figure out what works for her and stand up for what she believed it.

I did however, find that the first half of the book was better than the latter half. I found the tone of the second half was very different from the beginning. I found myself disconnected from the characters in the second half and I really don't know why. I just wasn't as into the story as i wanted to be. But I will say that the dual POVs were a great way for me to get to now all sides of the story and for me to get an overall perspective on the story and I really liked that. It also allowed for a male perspective to the story and I loved that, it added something very different to the story.

As for the end, I was a little unsatisfied because I think I was expecting something very different. There was a reveal at the end that left me a bit confused and I think it clashed with my expectations of what would happen in this story. I can't really say anything else because I will ruin the end. Overall this book was a very interesting read with great world building and great characters that helped move the story along. But sadly I was also disappointed in the latter half of the book and how it ended. But this book would be perfect for anyone who loves Fantasy and/or adventure books!

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