Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Posted November 26, 2019 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Midnight Thief

Midnight Thief

by Livia Blackburne

Series: Midnight Thief #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion on July 8, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Lycanthropes, Romance
Target Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: ★★★★

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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.

 

This is my second read through of Midnight Thief and being perfectly honest, I still enjoyed it.  It isn’t perfect, though, so lets start with one of the things I didn’t like.

For one, there’s a very clear love triangle forming.  Kyra grew up with Flick, who helped get her out of the gutter and develop her trade.  But then there’s Tristam, the sweet, good-hearted young knight from a noble family.  Kyra doesn’t spend a lot of time harping over, “Oh my, fellas, whoever shall I kiss?” but the tension between the boys is definitely there.  I imagine this will develop further in Daughter of Dusk, which I haven’t read yet.

There’s a twist in the middle of the book about Kyra herself, which I didn’t expect the first time I read it.  Obviously now that this was a re-read, the twist was familiar, but I remember being floored the first time, as I was so caught up in other aspects of the plot, I hadn’t even considered the possibility.  I will still give Livia Blackburne points for her plot twist, because it was memorable to me.

Within that plot twist, though?  Character reactions were far more accepting as a whole than I felt were realistic.  Now, it’s one thing to have some people understand, but thus far there’s been no pushback or fear about the revelation, and it just seems so unlikely to me.  Books are always more interesting to me when there’s a bit of struggle, and Kyra didn’t have very much in this aspect.

The characters themselves are… fine?  I don’t think they’re quite deep enough to be impressive, but they aren’t so shallow that they are entirely forgettable.  Kyra is the best of the bunch, but I would like to see more of Idalee and Lettie.  The boys are pretty forgettable, though, which makes the romance that much more unappealing to me?  But the romantic aspects (which are minor – this is still developing) are fluffy and that will appeal to a certain readership.  The villain, James, I felt had a lot of wasted potential because he was a good character with something more clearly beneath the surface, but I felt his part was played too quickly and ended too cleanly.  Whether we’ll know more in Daughter of Dusk, I don’t know, but I would like to.

One of the things I liked best about Midnight Thief is sort of spoilery – ack, which is the worst when you are trying to write a review?  Livia Blackburne chose a particular paranormal element to include in this story that I enjoyed because even though it’s easily recognizable, it’s not commonly found (in my experience) and I think that was part of what I liked about the plot twist.

While Midnight Thief is not so memorable that I would give it five stars and read it over and over again, it’s still an enjoyable read and I found myself falling into the world every time I picked it up.  Recommended for any fan of YA fantasy including girls who defy the odds and boys who are kind and cities that are possibly corrupt.

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Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★
Overall: ★★★★

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Midnight Thief stays on the shelf.

I’ll be honest, starting out, I wasn’t sure this one was going to be a keeper.  This book took me a month to read.  Books don’t generally take me that long, especially books of this length.  But I can’t deny that every time I did sit down with this one, it pulled me right in.  Midnight Thief is well-written and the story premise unique enough that I find it really interesting.  I probably would read it again, and so, it passes this round.

I think my opinion on Midnight Thief may change (either for better or worse) after reading Daughter of Dusk, so we’ll see how I’m feeling then as well.

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What paranormal elements do you enjoy in a story?  I’m a huge fan of ghosts and lycans and I really want to like vampires but somehow they usually don’t work out for me?  I’d love to hear about your faves in the comments!

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