Monday, April 28, 2014

Poison Dance (Midnight Thief Novella) by Livia Blackburne

Publication: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Lion’s Quill Press

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. 

James is a character from Livia Blackburne’s book Midnight Thief, which releases on July 8th. In Poison Dance we get to see what James was like and what shaped his decisions years before the events in Midnight Thief took place. This is a short story, but one I had trouble putting down once I began reading it. The story starts out with James being approached by a Thalia, a dancing girl at the local tavern that he and his friends always visit. He is both cautious and curious as to why she sought him out, until she tells him of her plans in wanting to murder a nobleman.

James laughed . The girl was either stupid or suicidal. “Not just enough to hire an assassin, is it? You want to kill a nobleman.”

With things changing within the Assassin’s Guild, James wants to keep his options open. But some things might be worth the danger…

Even though this read was short, I really enjoyed it. The author has such a way with words that I could picture the scenes unfolding in my head as I read them. Secrets, plots, vengeance, and poison all come together rather nicely in this unique novella.There wasn’t much world building in the story, but the characters and descriptions of everything were done well. It was very easy for me to get caught up in James and Thalia’s world. The only downside for me is that I wish the ending showed more of what happened. But the author takes care of that by posting a deleted scene on her website. Which should NOT be read until after you read Poison Dance first.

Check out Livia’s website.

RATING: 4 out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of the Author in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you**

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