Title: Midnight Thief
Author: Livia Blackburne
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟1/2
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult fantasy, suspense
Primary Characters: Kyra, Tristam
Narration: Dual POV
This book came up in good read recommendations and I picked up this book after reading a blurb. I was so fascinated with thief and going sneaky concept. I didn’t have much expectation however I was engrossed in the story after reading first few chapters.
This book is told from dual perspectives, that of Kyra, a skilled thief, and a young knight named Tristam. Kyra barely manages to scrimp out a living by stealing and doing odd jobs. Now a Leader of the Assassin’s Guild has noticed her skills and approaches Kyra with a lucrative offer. He tells her all she has to do is train and do meager jobs. When Kyra starts working for guild, she realizes the actual problem and questions herself on her choice.
Tristam is a young Knight is palace. Forge is threatened by a vicious daemon raider’s and their wild cats. Tristam loses his best friend in one such raid and is driven by vengeance to catch them and find the secret behind them. While investigating such raids, his path crosses with Kyra. Now they are forced to work together.
Initial relationship between kyra and Tristam is good. However, there wasn’t much depth to their romantic relationship. I loved the blend of typical thief tropes and a more epic fantasy type of world; it’s a wonderful combination. I loved some of the secondary characters. Malikel who is Tristam’s boss is a very intriguing character. He seems to be a wonderful strategist and he fits well to play the game of politics. Martin and flick were sweet and lovely. Pashla was refreshing.
The writing style was fast paced and captivating, but there were times when I felt that it was too quick. While I wasn’t crazily or madly in love with this book, it was still a book that made me flip pages easily. There is no much magic involved in this. Explanation for the super natural wild cats’ creatures weren’t that great. World building is ok; however, I would have loved more depth to it.
Overall, I was pleased with this novel and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read fantasy with a touch of thief and medieval world along with the forced proximity with Knight concept.
Buy link -https://www.amazon.in/Midnight-Thief-Livia-Blackburne-ebook/dp/B0851ZMQPB
Blurb as per Goodreads
Intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life—in this arresting young adult fantasy novel.
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 is 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 the 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, even as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point.