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Midnight Thief

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Midnight Thief

What’s in an anti-hero? For one, assassins and thieves are hot right now; stone-cold killers are getting revamped and turned into heroes. In MIDNIGHT THIEF, Livia Blackburne attempts to build on the phenomenal success of such novels as Sarah J. Maas’ THRONE OF GLASS, which feature criminals as anti-heroines. Despite glaring similarities to GLASS, THIEF manages to build a satisfyingly convincing world --- and story --- of its own.

As the story begins, Blackburne paints a moving portrait of Kyra, the best thief there is in the medieval city of Forge. Long used to the suffering that poverty brings, Kyra might be a thief, but she’s a good kid; she strives to help others get out of their own dire straits. As she struggles to make ends meet now, Kyra goes back to the hard-knock neighborhood she came from to help the local street urchins stay alive. As the book opens, Kyra’s managed to make a passable living for herself, but she’s hardly living big on stolen goods.

Blackburne creates a universe all her own, complete with morally ambiguous characters, three-dimensional (and fascinating!) villains and fantastic creatures.

All of that changes when she meets the ruthless and charming James. He sends her out on a test mission to see if she can retrieve a priceless gem; when Kyra exceeds his expectation, the mysterious man offers her the job of a lifetime. But it’s not one that Kyra is necessarily willing to accept. The position is with the Assassins’ Guild, which James is the head of. Kyra’s able to make ends meet on her own --- barely! --- and she’s not 100% sure that the Guild is the right way to go. Killing people for a living? Hmm...

Enter Sir Tristam of Brancel. He’s the farthest thing from former street kid Kyra there could possibly be. Instead of treading down the dusty streets of Forge, Tristam waltzes down Palace hallways. But he’s no empty-headed nobleman: Tristam’s on a mission to avenge his best friend’s death. Worlds collide as Tristam and Kyra butt heads and attempt to execute their own missions, but can they come together to fight dangerous powers that might threaten all they hold dear?

MIDNIGHT THIEF could easily have been just another teen fantasy novel with a strong heroine, but it carves out its own niche with excellent world-building. Blackburne creates a universe all her own, complete with morally ambiguous characters, three-dimensional (and fascinating!) villains and fantastic creatures. This author is sure to be one to watch in the YA fantasy scene.

Reviewed by Carly Silver on July 16, 2014

Midnight Thief
(Midnight Thief #1)
by Livia Blackburne

  • Publication Date: July 8, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • ISBN-10: 1423176383
  • ISBN-13: 9781423176381