My rating: 4 of 5 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’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.
Continuing six years after the events of Poison Dance, we see Forge from both Tristam and Kyra’s eyes, in this first book of The Midnight Thief series. The former is a knight, and the latter a thief, so you know that is going to be such an interesting meeting. Kyra’s fame has spread enough that even the leader of the Assassin’s Guild James comes to recruit her. First, she is only made to do reconnaissance jobs but later when the tasks get more brutal and the mission gets suspect, she tries to opt out. Naturally, things get dangerous from there and well, for the rest, I don’t wanna give out spoilers.
So, the most interesting arc was James. Yeah, he is not the main character, but his dramatic change from the young assassin in The Poison Blade to this ruthless leader in The Midnight Thief was shocking. I mean, he wouldn’t let Thalia try to kill a nobleman because he thought she won’t be able to go through with it, but here he was, manipulating a teenage girl with her infatuation towards him into killing a member of the Council, even after knowing she is averse to killing. Kyra is interesting, of course, and I could see why she wanted to prove herself to him, but I was cringing at the almost kiss. Tristam, well, is honorable, and their relationship is a slow burn, to say the least. The Demon Riders had a really nice arc, and I loved how the author threw in hints at just the right places. The ending was not wholly surprising, but I enjoyed the tension and was so scared about what would happen. Brilliant story, and good world-building – those the highlights of this book.