Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne is a prequel novella to her upcoming novel Midnight Thief. It tells the story of a certain Assassin’s Guild member that I’m hoping we come to know in Midnight Thief and convinces me further that I need Midnight Thief IMMEDIATELY. Poison Dance manages to pack world-building, character development, feels, and “OMG what just happened??” all into one little novella; I’m impressed! Also I don’t normally read novellas, so hopefully that tells you something >.>.
Note: I received Poison Dance from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief #0.5)
Published by Author on Sept. 24th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 86 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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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.
- I generally avoid novellas because I crave a nice full plot. However, Poison Dance did not disappoint me, since it was able to pack in an awesome plot.
- James! Gah, there better be plenty of James in Midnight Thief is all I’m saying.
- The writing of Poison Dance is quite high quality. It’s actually small/indie published (depending on your definitions), but I didn’t find a single typo or awkward phrase, so I doubt you would have even realized if I hadn’t told you ;-).
- I’m so excited to go into Midnight Thief with a little bit more of the backstory of what I’m guessing is a secondary character. From Midnight Thief’s description, James is around but isn’t an MC, but I’m going to be reading his appearances in a whole new light knowing what I know now about him *pets*.
- The romance of Poison Dance felt a little bit rushed to me, but it is a novella. There is the mention that several weeks go by, so it’s not really as rushed as it feels to the reader. It is also a pretty darn complicated romance due to everything that is going on in Thalia’s life, so I’m not 100% sure exactly what happened with James and Thalia (it fades to black, hehe), but… it’s complicated. This leads into my next point…
- More please? This is what novellas always do to me! I always wish that they could be stretched into longer stories so that I can find out more about what is going on in everyone’s heads. Basically, I need Midnight Thief please. *puppy eyes*
Poison Dance was an excellent introduction to Blackburne’s writing and the world of Midnight Thief. Previously I was interested (assassins!), but Midnight Thief was one of many fantasies on the list. Now, Midnight Thief is one of my top priorities for summer books and I’m quite sure I will devour it in a day or two. Go read Poison Dance, you’ll thank me ;-).
Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne
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