November 24, 2013

Review: Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Poison Dance: A Novella (Midnight Thief #0.5)
Author: Livia Blackburne
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Ebook from Author


James is skilled, efficient, and deadly, a hired blade navigating the shifting alliances of a deteriorating Assassin’s Guild. Then he meets Thalia, an alluring but troubled dancing girl who offers him a way out—if he’ll help her kill a powerful nobleman. With the Guild falling apart, it just might be worth the risk. But when you live, breathe, and love in a world that’s forever flirting with death, the slightest misstep can be poison. Poison dance is approximately 14,000 words, or 54 printed pages.

Poison Dance is a novella that takes place in the fantasy world where the Midnight Thief series will take place. It gives the reader a great introduction to the some of the characters, the world that they inhabit, some background on the Assassin's Guild, and a taste of the author's writing style. It's a great way to snag the reader's attention and to give them a little taste of what the Midnight Thief series will be like. I really enjoyed reading the novella - it was fast paced and relatively short, so I easily read it in one sitting. The characters were interesting and well written with visible flaws, which made them accessible and realistic. I really liked learning about the Assassin's Guild - how they work, their history, the inner dealings of the member. For a novella, this was great at pulling the reader into the world that the author created in a short amount of time. I was fascinated by the characters and the plot line that was being presented, which definitely left me wanting to learn more and curious about what the first novel in the series will be like. Definitely recommended for fans of YA fantasy, novellas, and those curious about the author's upcoming new series.

*A big thanks to the author for sending me a copy for review!*

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