Title: Midnight Thief
Author: Livia Blackburne
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 8, 2014)
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy,Young Adult
Rating: 2 stars
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.
Midnight Thief has been sitting on my shelf since late July of last year. I was pretty excited about this book but I haven’t read it until now and I sadly disappointed. I really wanted to like this one but I just couldn’t. Besides have a pretty cover the book and writing is mediocre at best. Not only does Midnight Thief lack and real world-building but the heroine suffers from the “Too stupid to live” syndrome.
Kyra the main character is a thief and a street urchin yet she doesn’t carry a weapon of any sort on her person. Plus she doesn’t know how to fight. Throughout the entire book Kyra pretty much gets her ass kick or make stupid decisions that causes her to get her ass kicked and rescued by someone or another.
Now I’m not saying that she needs to be stronger than a man or know some WWE moves but she should at least know how to defend herself properly. I mean come on. You’re a street urchin and a thief. You’re bound to walk into trouble or get caught. Too bad Kyra is high and mighty and thinks that it’s not worth the effort to learn how to fight when people are willing to teach her.
Rand says you don’t carry a knife.
I don’t need to. I can usually get away.
And let the eye rolling begin.
Another thing that I couldn’t stand was some of the questionable writing. Every now and then the words mayhaps and in’t would pop up. First off if you’re going to speak ye old English then it should be throughout the book. Not just one or two words sprinkle around. Secondly, you can’t have a character who speak perfect English 95% of the time but for some reason can’t pronounce isn’t. Instead Kyra says in’t. Blah.
Sorry if that sounds like I nitpicking but I just couldn’t deal with those two these. It irritated the hell out of me.
Overall, I found Midnight Thief pretty boring. With the lack of world-building and one-dimensional characters I can honestly say that I can’t recommend this book to anyone. Even the twist in the middle of the book couldn’t save this one. Plus I didn’t see where the Assassin Guild even fit in. There was hardly any assassinating. Wasn’t that the point of the book? Thief and Assassins come together for a “greater purpose”.