Midnight Thief, Book 1 Midnight Thief by Livia BlackburneMidnight Thief, Book 1 Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Midnight Thief, Book 1 Midnight Thief

byLivia Blackburne

Hardcover | July 8, 2014

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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 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. 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.Praise forMidnight Thief"Blackburne's fast-paced fantasy will please fans of Leigh Bardugo and Tamora Pierce."
-School Library Journal
Livia Blackburne has a PhD in neuroscience from MIT, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science (liviablackburne.com). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. This is her debut novel.
Title:Midnight Thief, Book 1 Midnight ThiefFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423176383

ISBN - 13:9781423176381

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read!!!! When this book first came out I had tried to read this book but couldn't get into. I picked it up again last week, and couldn't put it down. Defiantly a great book, that had a good pace and a lot of twists in it.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A-MAZE-ING I can't believe how amazing this book was. Who knows if I will ever find another book with this much suspense and the amazing characters. I absolutely loved the personalities of the characters!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hoped For More I wish I could have rated this story higher, but the things that bugged me about it won't let me. Not that it's a bad novel at all. The setting and world building is really good, the action is intense, Kyra and Tristam are pretty good characters (though Kyra is definitely a Mary Sue) and for the first half, the story is really engaging. It was the second half when the big twist was revealed that I was lost. Don't get me wrong– it's cool, but because magic isn't prevalent in most of the story, I found it a little jarring. That, and the pacing sped up way too much. Usually I appreciate a fast pace, but the characters seemed to come to conclusions pretty quickly. It would have been better had the obstacles continued to challenge the characters, and if Kyra hadn't been such a noble heart. Still, I'm going to keep going, because I am a little attached to Tristam and wonder what new angle the story will take (since MIDNIGHT THIEF could have be read as a standalone, given its ending).
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After 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.
Date published: 2014-09-24

Editorial Reviews

A lifetime of thieving to make ends meet on the streets of Forge has left seventeen-year-old Kyra a bit morally flexible, so when she's approached by the leader of the Assassins Guild to put her sneaking skills to use fighting the "fatpurse" nobles, she accepts. Her first kill, however, sends her into a guilt-ridden tailspin and she flees. When she's eventually captured by the Palace Guard, she realizes (along with the help of a handsome young knight) that her activities with the Guild were actually assisting the advancement of the Demon Riders, a group of rebel barbarians responsible for brutal attacks in the countryside. Blackburne offers up a complex world where no one is entirely evil or good, and even those wrestling for power through less than civil means are inspired by noble intentions. Kyra is an appealing heroine, confident in her physical prowess but insecure in her identity, and teenagers in particular may relate to her increasing frustration as her attempts to establish her independence and her own beliefs are constantly thwarted by the powers that be. The romance between Kyra and Tristam, the knight, unfolds sweetly, but it's Kyra's journey toward self-discovery, especially as her childhood connection to the Demon Riders is revealed, that takes precedence. There are plenty of narrow escapes, thrilling chases, and tender kisses to accompany the more thoughtful elements here, too, and readers will be pleased with a satisfactory conclusion that leaves room for a sequel or two. KQG-BCCB