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YA High Fantasy FTW | Book Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

The Midnight Thief is definitely for lovers of strong heroines and hardcore fantasy action.

Book Review: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

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Title & Author: Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – High Fantasy,

Release Date: July 8, 2014

Series: Midnight Thief #1

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC from the publisher


“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.

In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.”

The Beginning of Something Beautiful

There’s something immediately endearing about a girl living on the streets and toughing out hardships that come her way.

That’s Kyra’s story, plus she’s extra amazing because she watches out for other young kids on the street who weren’t as lucky as her. She has a roof over her head, though, now and lives in a room at a local inn where she works to serve and tend regular patrons. This only makes Kyra more lovable, of course.

Along with Kyra, The Midnight Thief offers several other key characters who I ended up loving and loving to hate. Although, I must say I thought Tristam was a tough name to say in my head while reading, because I kept wanting to correct it to Tristan.

The Midnight Thief is the type of book where there is steady action but that activity creates momentum. So, it’s not just a random act in the book; every act seems to have a purpose.

I think that’s what made this story so different than other YA fantasies. You can tell by the end that there’s so much left to uncover. There wasn’t a cliffhanger per se, but I know that the author has a ton more ideas in her head for future stories.

No Instalove, Thank God

I’m happy to report that there is a blissful lack of instalove in this novel. I won’t say too much else other than the author handled several situations quite well without making anything cliched or overdone.

The only rough patch for me came during the last quarter of the story. Things take a very decided turn, and it kind of threw me off.

It’s a totally different scene set-up with totally different characters, and I didn’t know what to make of it at first. I highly doubt others will be bothered by this, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

I couldn’t put down The Midnight Thief! The pacing was steady with enough high suspense moments to keep me turning and enough romantic things to slow things down (in a good way!).

The overall story arc is one I have read before. It has a less in-depth The Name of the Wind feel, but there were certainly some unique spins and twists to keep things fresh.


I was so happy to read a great YA high fantasy book. It’s definitely the start of a great new series that I’m excited to follow. The Midnight Thief doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but with such strong characters and fantastic action and adventure it doesn’t need to.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I’ve read the prequel novella, Poison Dance, and really enjoyed that as far as the writing style and characters. I was declined on NetGalley for Midnight Thief, so I’m just waiting until it’s released in stores now so I can read it! I’m hoping it has the same flavor as Throne of Glass – it seems like it, with the assassin’s and politics and all that.

    • Hannah Pittman

      I really hope it is similar to Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series! I am dying for Heir of Fire, and I think I’m trying to fill the void until September. Midnight Thief sounds like it might do the job!