Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief Series #1)

Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief Series #1)

by Livia Blackburne


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ISBN-13: 9781423176381
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Series: Midnight Thief Series , #1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Livia Blackburne has a PhD in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science (liviablackburne.com). She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. This is her debut novel.

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Midnight Thief 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
truthbeknown77 More than 1 year ago
I was a little concerned about buying this book at first, because I don't like books where unethical activities like thieving or murder are romanticized. After reading the book, I felt like there was some of this going on, but not nearly as much as I had feared. I was able to disagree with the protagonist's choices without disliking the character, and it was easy to believe she might make those unethical choices, given the inducement. I really enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, but did not enjoy the last third as much. The last third was a bit too similar to another popular book, and I just found myself not caring much about the characters or what was going on until the book was nearly over. I liked the writing style, other than the frequent use of the word "in't". I just pretended they were saying "ain't" instead. The pacing was good in the first two thirds of the book, but I had to slog through part of the last third. The characters were believable and they all had a little bit of backstory. The romance is more romantic tension than physical. Content: Sexual content - None. Little bit of kissing. Infrequent mild references to mistresses and the bawdy behavior of dancers/waitresses. Language - Very little, if any. Infrequent use of the terms "whore" and "bastard". Violence - Infrequent strong, bloody violence. Beatings are more frequent, impaling and the like are less frequent. A fair amount of the violence is NOT self defense, especially in the first half of the book. You are reading from the "side" of the aggressor versus an innocent person.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars MIDNIGHT THIEF was a fascinating, emotionally-punched, action-packed, thrilling, fantasy book that I devoured so quickly it had me tripping over words trying to get them read so fast!! It was SO much fun, with twist and turns that just kept coming!! It will definitely go down as one of my favorite fantasy's of 2014!!! Livia Blackburne delivers WAYYYY more then I anticipated in this novel!!! When I read the synopsis about the Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, I really didn't know what to expect with that. But WOW, what it turned out to be was definitely a pleasant surprise, that kept throwing twist at me!! THE PACING: BUT.... I have to admit that the beginning had me doubtful! I was tempted to put it down for a later date!! I know, I know, I'm ASHAMED of myself for even thinking that now!!! Because if I would of put it down when I was contemplating it, then I would of been kicking myself in the butt later! Because ANYONE who loves fantasy would definitely be missing out, BIG TIME!!! The beginning started out really slow, and kinda boring! I'm guessing Livia Blackburne had to have a slow start so she could build the foundation and the surrounding walls of this novel. Because it's so complex, with layers that have to be peeled back for us to get the full picture of this book. But something told me to hold out, that it's gonna get better. And sure enough, about 25 to 30% in, I was HOOKED!!! I literally couldn't put it down without sneaking in a chapter or 2 when I was suppose to be doing other things (Like cooking or cleaning, Oops! THE WRITING: The writing was okay. It wasn't the highlight of this novel. It didn't captivate me or anything like that. But it was still enough for me to get the feels of what the characters were going through. One thing that kinda bugged me, was that this book was supposed to be in 1100 or 1200's, but it didn't feel like we were in that time zone. Well besides the obvious things. Like washing outside in a basin, and the little things like that. But the language and wording didn't make me feel like I was in the 1100's. But that was easy to overlook when I got to the 25% mark!! THE CHARACTERS: I LOVED the main characters. Even the side ones were pretty awesome too!! The main character Kyra was an awesome protagonist. She always kept things interesting when she was around (Even if she wasn't trying too) And surprisingly, she wasn't this badass, sword wielding, not to be messed with type of chick that I'm use too! (Which is a BIG change for me) But she was still an awesome real character, that was just trying to stay alive in the Forge while scaling the walls and thieving to stay alive and pay the rent. But what I really liked was that we get to see so much growth from Kyra in this novel. We get to see her make BIG mistakes in the beginning, and watch it all unfold and play out. Then slowly watch Kyra go through the motions of working through them, and to right the MANY wrongs she made!!! And I admired that about her! By the end of MIDNIGHT THIEF, Kyra became a fierce, strong, not to be walked on, determined, fight for what she believed in, kick-butt, character that I'd grown to love! THE PLOT: Kyra has been on her own since she was young. Living on the rough, no nonsense streets of Forge ever since she can remember, just trying to stay alive and find her next meal! Until the day she meets her new found adopted brother Flick, and he offers Kyra something she never had, a family!!! But even with a new family, Kyra's troubles are far from over. She struggles to pay the rent and has found that scaling the walls and breaking into the wallhugers property, thieving from the rich, has become an easy means to survive. I mean it's not like their going to go without anyway! *Cough* Selfish bastards *cough cough* ;) But when James, a mysterious guy offers Kyra a chance to make more then enough money to get by and some, she feels compelled to give in to the comfortable life that she's never had. So she excepts his offer and later realizes just how much of a mistake that was, and she'll have to pay for it, maybe even with her life!! James is the leader of the Assassins Guild, and he has bigger plans for Kyra then she thought! He wants more then just the thieving and scouting that they agreed upon! But when Kyra realizes that, it's a little too late, and now she's stuck in James's lethal trap, and everything and everyone she loves will be at risk! Before it's all said and done Kyra will have to decide if she's willing to play by James's rules, or if she's willing to risk it all for an out! But if Kyra chooses wrong, it could not only change the course of her life, but the whole kingdom! Tristam, a Palace knight wants revenge! He's on a mission to avenge his best friends murder by the Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, and disappears into the forest. He will stop at nothing to bring his friends murderers to justice! But when fate intertwines Kyra and Tristam's world, they will have to put their differences aside and join forces, to accomplish a common goal. But as they start to dig deeper, and truths start to surface, they come to realize that everything is not as it seemed, and if they don't stop the plots and schemes against the Palace and lands, then they both might not make it out alive, let alone the innocents in the kingdom!!! OVERALL: MIDNIGHT THIEF is an action-packed (After you get to the 25% mark), fast-paced, adventure-filled, heart-pounding, fantastic fantasy, that is not to be missed! I got more then I bargained for with MIDNIGHT THIEF, and it is a series I will be reading years down the road!! NOTE: I received an ARC for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own, and are not influenced in any way!
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Two very different people with one dangerous goal. The setting was exciting and mysterious starting out on the streets of a society filled with secrets, danger, and one cheeky girl who is navigating it all. This was a fast paced story filled with a whole lot of action and a good sprinkling of mystery to top it off. Kyra is a no nonsense kind of girl. She grew up having to be tough and its taken its toll. She does what she has to in order to survive, but still helps those in need whenever possible. I liked her gutsy attitude and the her confidence in her abilities. Kyra was such a fun character to get to know and I didn't want her story to end. Tristam was a mystery in the beginning, but the more we learned about him the more it was obvious that he and Kyra were very much alike. He was devious, but would do whatever it took to protect his friends. He was not very trustful, but getting to see these two learn to appreciate and trust one another was an adventure all in itself. For those looking for a thrilling action packed story this is the story for you!
InkspelledFaery More than 1 year ago
I’ve been following this author since I read Poison Dance, the prequel novella for this story. While I admit I pretty much picked this up because I love the villain, I did quickly fall in love with Kyra and Tristam. The plot: This has a truly YA feel to the book. The storytelling is straightforward, but layered. There are twists and turns, betrayals and backstabbing, but there is still a sense of hopefulness and optimism at the end. I’m not sure how else to explain it, but I did enjoy the style. The characters: I found it difficult to imagine Kyra’s accent and that's my only complaint. She was intensely moral (one of my favorite character traits), highly skilled, and hardcore. I feel there’s quite a bit more to be revealed in her character and I’m excited to see where the series takes her! Tristam, poor child. The other POV in the story, he is almost Kyra’s polar opposite. With more rigid and traditional ideals, he’s so set in his ways and determined to do the right thing…one of those characters you admire whilst getting SO FRUSTRATED. My strong emotions regarding James turned out to be problematic. He’s the chief villain and did some horrible things and I didn’t care. I’m pretty sure he could pull a Loki and destroy half New York and I’d still love him. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to obtain Daughter of Dusk!
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written, action packed, great story.
FurtigNight More than 1 year ago
I want the next book. Well flushed out characters that will carry through to the next book. They are believable. Yes, it does have language that some people will dislike and has violence, however it is all pertinent to the story. No gratuitous sex scenes. Good vocabulary. Well written. Differing perceptions are introduced that are thought provoking.. The main character is learning who she is and does things that are unsavory to herself. I really like the characters. Lots of action. " I like it."
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
When I saw what Midnight Thief by author Livia Blackburne was about, I was interested and ready to get reading. The premise sounded cool. The characters sounded unique and I’ve been dying to get some historical/fantasy in my life again. I went into the novel ready for anything and have to admit that it wasn’t quite what I expected which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are plot twists, amazing characters and a big bad that might not be bad at all. Midnight Thief has two main characters. The first being Kyra, an orphaned teenage girl and thief who may be the best at what she does especially when it’s for the family she’s made for herself. When James, a charming assassin from the Assassins Guild comes to her and asks for her assistance, Kyra is pulled into a world where murder is commonplace and one where you act first and ask questions later. But Kyra isn’t certain of where her loyalties lie especially when being in the Assassins Guild forces her to do something she never imagined herself doing. Then there’s Tristam, a palace knight who has faced the threat that is the terrible Demon Riders and lost a friend because of them. When he investigates the Demon Riders and the Assassins Guild his path crosses with Kyra’s and their fates become intertwined despite their being enemies. Then Kyra learns a secret about her past that will undoubtedly change her forever and makes her begin to question everything she knows. Midnight Thief is a novel that was very fast-paced and unique when I began reading it. Yes, there have been thieving female protagonists in the past but never have I had one like Kyra. Kyra isn’t full of herself or a Mary Sue or anything. She’s real. She has a personality, she has a moral code and she experiences regret for her actions that will later shape her character in the future. Then there’s Tristam. Not as powerful a character as Kyra but still an important influence on the rest of the novel. He is both the enemy and an ally to Kyra but isn’t a ruthless knight. He’s also a very sensitive and emotional character. I liked that Midnight Thief’s characters weren’t wooden, senseless badasses. The Assassins Guild and James also make for an unexpected twist in the novel. They begin as a force that looks like it will help make all the difference for Kyra’s life but prove to be darker than we thought. And it’s all because of James. James, the badass Assassin. James who is attractive and charming and initially has all this unresolved tension with Kyra. All I can say in terms of the Assassins Guild is that you never know who can and cannot be trusted. What really makes Midnight Thief stand out is the Demon Riders. A strange people who wear the hides of animals and ride on large, crazed (what team?) wildcats (get your head in the game). They aren’t your typical antagonists. The Demon Riders murder and attack and nearly kill both Tristam and Kyra on multiple occasions but they aren’t bloodthirsty characters. The Demon Riders are still people who are trying to fend for themselves. They’re an interesting addition to the novel. Blackburne’s writing flows easily and is detailed when it needs to be. I found that it focused more on the characters and their internal struggle more than it did the setting. It’s very simplistic (and I mean that in a good way). All in all, I hope to see more from Miss Blackburne in the future. I would recommend Midnight Thief to fans of fantasy, readers who are looking for a novel that will keep them on their toes and to readers who are looking for a story with plenty of plot twists and unlikely friendships.
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kdbee More than 1 year ago
Kyra lives on the streets yet has an uncanny ability to access places high off the ground without getting caught. When the head of the assassin guild offers her a job she doesn't really want, she finds herself giving in despite knowing his methods are far darker than her own. From there unfolds a very well told, quick paced fantasy with a turn that I didn't see coming towards the end. I really enjoyed the character development and the ending- very much looking forward to book two!!!
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Midnight Thief was not the story I originally expected, but it was loads better than I could have ever imagined and I adored every second of it!  Kyra is such an interesting protagonist to follow. Regardless of where she's from, she holds of confidence about herself and has a huge heart for those close to her. Plus her bravery and the situations she gets herself into, she handles with hardly any fear and just takes fate as it's given to her. I really liked her story and I'm excited to see how things play out for her in future books...and of course what more trouble she can get into!  As Kyra fell under James' spell, so did I and just like her I knew it was wrong but there's something about James that you just cannot help yourself but to fall for him. He's cold, and tough, and brutal...but in his own way intense and sexy, too. There were moments when I thought he may not be so bad, but you can never trust the ruthless ones, can you?  Then there's Tristam...I adore this boy. First off he's "a head and shoulder" taller than Kyra, aka super tall which is loads of hot in my book. Plus, he's a knight, a well trained built one *eyebrow wiggle*! I liked how he always followed his duty but at the same time used his heart to do what's right. He's got that whole hero, good guy thing going for him and who am I kidding...I'm a complete sucker for that. Hoping to see tons more of this hunk in future books!  The other fellas I adore were Flick and Martin! These two seriously just do no wrong in my eyes. They're both sweet, hardworking, have sense of humors, and their hearts are always in the right place.  With Midnight Thief, I really like how all of the different groups and set-ups weave together with Kyra as their key. More than that though, each group had their good sides, bad sides, betrayals, and intense moments. It was so intriguing to see everything tangle together and I adored the concepts in this intense fantasy! Overall, absolutely loved it and will definitely be awaiting the next book!!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne Book One of the Midnight Thief series Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: July 8, 2014 Rating: 5 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from 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. What I Liked: I KNEW I would love this book, I just knew it! I love epic fantasy, and this is the first one I've read in a while. I discovered this book early last year, and have been hounding Livia and Disney-Hyperion for it since. I was the first reader and review of Poison Dance, the prequel novella of this series, that features James' back-story, with Thalia. I loved the novella, and I loved this book. So much love! Kyra, an orphan and "gutter rat", hesitantly joins the Assassins Guild. She excels at climbing anything, at making zero sounds, at not getting caught. The payout is excellent. James, the head assassin, is mysterious, deadly, but has confidence in her. The only thing is, Kyra has no idea why she is doing the jobs she's doing for the Guild. She doesn't know what the Guild is doing, but she has her suspicions. Meanwhile, on the other side, is Tristam, a Palace Knight, charged with investigating the recent raids, the mysterious Demon Riders, and the mythical Assassins Guild. I have so many things to talk about, that I loved! Let's see if I hit them all. I loved that this book was written in dual perspectives, but NOT in first person. Both perspectives are in third person, but we get Kyra's point-of-view, and we get Tristam's point-of-view. Each character's story is very important, when they aren't interacting, and when they are. In fact, the two characters' paths do no really meet until quite some time into the story. Tristam's view of things is just important as Kyra's. Neither character had a more or less important role in this story. I really, really liked both protagonists. Kyra is an extremely intelligent girl, brave and fearless, yet kind and selfless. She takes the Guild job partly to use the pay to help two street orphans, Idalee and Lettie. She is always looking out for Bella, The Drunken Dog's cook, and Flick, a friend she's known for ages. Kyra has a strong personality, and her character undergoes a subtle but remarkable development, throughout this story. I love it when I like a character from the beginning, and like the character even more, in the end. Especially the protagonist(s). The same can be said for Tristam. He is also brave and strong , though his character change is much more pronounced. After his best friend Jack is killed by Demon Riders, Tristam grows a spine and thick skin. He will stop at nothing to hunt down the Demon Riders, to stop them. I really liked Tristam, from the beginning. His perspective is just as necessary as Kyra's. Usually, in a book told by two people, I'll prefer one or the other, but never both. In this book, I liked both! The thing about fantasy stories is that they can tend to be repetitive or a little unoriginal after a while - especially the epic fantasy ones. That's why, when I get a really original one, I love it, cherish it, parade it around like nobody's business. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BOOKS. In my opinion, this novel is very fresh and unique, in the epic fantasy world, and in literature in general. The kings and queens and kingdoms aspect isn't really in this book (though I love that aspect so much, I'm not complaining), but the story still has the same feel. Even still, the story and plot and whatnot were not what I expected, in a good way! Blackburne's world-building is very well-done! One thing about fantasy novels is that the world-building HAS TO BE GOOD. You're creating an entirely new world from scratch; you can't just leave things for readers to figure out - you have to explicitly create and show readers your story's world. Blackburne outdid herself in the novella, and she outdid herself in this novel. There wasn't much guesswork or many holes in the world, so hats off to Blackburne!  Speaking of the novella... the novella gives the background of James, and how he came to meet and fall in love with Thalia. The novella is heartbreaking and beautiful and dark, but it is a perfect prequel novella. We get a peek at the world of the Assassins Guild, and we get a good look at James. I really liked James in Poison Dance! I felt for him, so so much. The thing about this book is that James isn't always portrayed as a "good guy". His intentions aren't always noble or "good". The lines between good and bad aren't always clear in this book. So what does this have to do with the novella? Well, I really liked James in the novella, and despite several things in this book, I really like him still. Getting background on a potential antagonist is VERY rewarding - we get to see in the mind of James, and in this way, we see his humanity. We don't always see "villains" or antagonists as human or good or whatever. But every villain thinks he is a hero. We see this so well in this book. Not that I'm saying that James is a villain or antagonist, necessarily. You'll see what I mean when you read the book. As for romance - ahhh, lovely, it really is lovely! At first, I thought there would be a pair. Then a love triangle. Then a love pyramid? In which three different people are in love with Kyra. But that is NOT the case in this book! There is no love triangle or pyramid or anything of the sort. I have it on good authority that Blackburne will NOT be including a love triangle in this series. And there wasn't one in this book. In fact, the romance is basically nonexistent, in this book. It's so subtle, it doesn't really appear until the very end. And I love it! Okay, dual perspectives, plot, story, characters, character development, worldbuilding, novella, romance... I think I hit most of everything I loved? I probably forgot something, I know I didn't do this book justice. But if you've read up until this point, then you'll be able to see and understand why I love this book so much! And hey, the gorgeous, awesome cover doesn't hurt! Not that the author can control the cover, but it is very wonderful, and represents the overall feel of the story very well! Okay, okay, I'll stop now, I promise... What I Did Not Like: Nothing for this section at the moment! I try to be as objective as possible and point out as many positives AND negatives that I note, but I have no negatives. Don't judge me. Would I Recommend It: YESSS!! I knew I would most likely love this book, because I'm a huge epic fantasy fan and all. This book encompasses the epic fantasy that I absolutely love - the "medieval" type of fantasy that always captures my heart. Like Fire or Graceling by Kristin, or Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. I'm not saying you have to be a fantasy fan to love this book. But if you ARE a fantasy fan, add this to your must-read-ASAP list. I want no one to miss this book! Step out of your comfort zone, if you usually don't read fantasy! Rating: 5 stars. How about we make that ten stars. Or ten thousand. My most anticipated novel of 2014... is now one of my favorites. If I could recommend any one book to you so far, it would have to be TWO books, and they would be To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, and Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne (this book). SO GOOD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first chapter would have failed a high school creative writing class
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BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Kyra makes her living as a thief. She is an exceptional one as well. She can reach the highest places and is very light on her feet. When a man approaches her to steal a jewel from the palace she doesn't hesitate. When she gets to the room the jewel is supposed to be in its not there. She heads back to the man only for him to tell her that he is the head of The Assassins Guild and he wants to hire Kyra to join them. James wants her to break into the impenetrable keep of the palace and also to make a map of the whole compound. As she reaps the reward of her job she starts to get nervous of the intentions of the Guild. What are they really after and are they as harmless as they say? Are they involved with the Demon Riders that attacked the city? Tristam is weeks away from becoming a Knight. He wants to join his family as a patrol Knight because he hates being confined to the palace but one day he is on a routine mission with his best friend when suddenly they hear a siren. When they get to the farm they see a Demon Cat and its Barbarian handler feasting on a cow. Jack jumps in and the cat attacks and kills him. Tristam hurts the cat and when they hear backup arriving, the cat runs. Tristam vows to avenge his friends death and decides that he will have to stay in the palace to be part of the teams who hunt the barbarians no matter how much he hates it.  When things are stolen from the Palace Tristam has his hands full trying to find the man who is doing it. When this man tries to interpenetrate their sleeping quarters he makes a mistake and Tristam captures him. He pulls off his mask only to see its not a man at all but a girl. Now that Kyra is captured she has to decide if she will stay loyal to the Guild or help the Knights to stop them and the Demon Riders. Little do they know that both their lives are about to change forever!  Well Midnight Thief was amazing!! I loved everything about it. From the magical world to the fantastic characters, Midnight Thief is a must read. I fell in love with this book and I can not wait for more.  Kyra was an admirable heroine. She is dealt a tough hand and does what she must to survive. She earns enough to keep a room at an inn and tries to help others if they have little. She has been on the streets since she was young until she met Flick, he teaches her how to survive. Despite being a thief, she isn't a kick ass girl, she prefers to run than fight. She is also kind and considerate and thinks of others less fortunate than her. She makes mistakes a lot but she does learn from them. I loved how much she grew as a character throughout the book.  Onto Tristam. My heart broke for him when he lost his friend and ultimately his freedom. He hates being in the palace and longs for the open air and travel that a patrol Knight brings. He was strong, kind and wants whats best for the people of Forge. He struggles with what is right and what he is told to do. When he captures Kyra his feelings get muddles more because despite her being a thief he feels responsible for her. I loved their relationship and I hope theres more in the next book.  Midnight Thief is a fast paced, action packed book. From the very first page I was drawn into Kyra and Tristams lives and I didn't want to leave. I loved the different elements of the book and was fascinated by the Demon Riders. It was a nice twist what the author did with them and one I didn't see coming. Livia Blackburne has created a fantastical magical world and one I cant wait to dive into again. An easy to read, enjoyable fantasy and one Id recommend. 
WordsWithSarah More than 1 year ago
Midnight Thief is freaking awesome!  This book has been on my most anticipated list for 2014 ever since I had heard about it. And I am oh so very glad it did not disappoint. Before you read Midnight Thief I would highly recommend reading Poison Dance, the prequel e-novella to this book, I think it gives you a better insight to one of the characters and why he is the way he is. It also provides a great insight to the world you about to dive into in Midnight Thief.  This world is so complex and so enthralling. I was sucked right in, all though I did find it to have a slow start, I didn't mind. I felt like it was a good way introducing us to our main characters Kyra and Tristam. After the first fifty pages or so, the story really takes off. I couldn't put it down!  I could go on and on about this book, but I think it's best to go into it not knowing a whole lot. It made the book feel like an adventure, a journey I was taking with the characters. I will say though, It was packed with action and plot twists, along with complex characters.  It was just the right fantasy book for me and probably for you to. Have you read it yet? Cause if not, what are you waiting for??
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Livia Blackburne reached out to me a while ago and asked if I would review her prequel novella to Midnight Thief, Poison Dance (which I loved)! So when I read Midnight Thief I already had a bit of an introduction to some of the characters and world. I believe this enhanced my reading experience of Midnight Thief, because I already felt connected to this story. And while Midnight Thief is different than Poison Dance (it's more YA while Poison feels more NA) I loved it in its own way. Reasons to Read:  1. Family is more than blood: I appreciate stories where the main character has a supportive, loving family but I understand that the traditional approach to this isn't the reality for very many characters. I liked how Kyra (an orphan) makes up her own little family - it's far from perfect, but it's just right for Kyra. And it's so beautiful to see how these characters actively choose to love and care for one another. 2. A surprising plot: It doesn't too happen too often that I am truly shocked by a book, but Midnight Thief ended up completely catching me off guard. It's a very well-woven story which delicately hints at what may transpire in future events, but this is accomplished cleverly. Plus, the story developments just fit so well with the book and made so much sense! It was clearly a well-thought out story and carefully planned by Livia. 3. Flawed characters: The characters in Midnight Thief are far from perfect, and Kyra is no exception. She doesn't excel at everything, she has her own struggles that she has to work on. But I like that she focuses on doing her own thing, despite what others may think. She has some growing to do, and we can already see that taking place during Midnight Thief. As do many of the other characters. James is actually a perfect example of this - and it was very interesting for me to see what he is like in Midnight Thief, after reading about him in Poison Dance.  While the romance wasn't the most exciting part of the book for me, I really liked how it was featured in Midnight Thief. It's very realistic and definitely doesn't overshadow the rest of the story. I'm hoping for a bit more world building in later books, because it's only briefly touched upon in Midnight Thief. It seemed to me that there was a reason for this, which had to do with some revelations towards the end of the book. ARC received from Hachette Book Group Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 
Christine_Kohler More than 1 year ago
 MIDNIGHT THIEF is a riveting page-turner full of action, intrigue, secrets. It is a fantasy but reads like historical fiction set in Medival Europe. The fantasy doesn't kick in until 110 pages before the ending. (I suspected early, but won't give away any spoilers.)  Forget Ye Old English speech, too, because the language is as easy to read--no dialects except one word (in't instead of ain't) and understandable as contemporary novels, only with a historical setting and tone. Even when the Barbarians speak, the author tells in the tag that it is with an accent. MIDNIGHT THIEF is even accessable to older middle grade readers in both content (nothing too graphic, no sex, chaste characters, no vulgar language) and understandability. The only thing to consider whether how young the reader is that it doesn't switch to the male knight POV until Chapter 5. (Children do not comprehend time and POV shifts until age 8-9.) At first the POV and place shift is jarring because one doesn't expect it so far into the novel (Chapter 5). Once this reader figured out the designer's symbols and expected it to be uneven in switches, then the reading continued smoothly again. (I read this in ARC and was told the design flaw was fixed in the final published copy.)  There were a multitude of very likable characters, and the political situations were never presented as black-and-white, virtuous-versus-evil. This could lead to lively political, historical context discussions in classrooms.  Blackburne set up this first book to continue as a series. And yet it felt organically satisfying in the end as a stand-alone, too. But I suspect fantasy lovers will be shouting for more story, because once the story reaches the ending, it is firmly in the fantasy genre. (Withholding spoilers)