Perfect YA for those who want to approach the fantasy genre!
Kyra is a street rat and a thief, nobody can be as agile and swift as she is, nobody can climb and jump from one rooftop to the other without stumbling once like she can. With this skills, she draws the attention of James, leader of the Assassin's Guild, who wants to use her as a spy to overthrow the rulers of Forge.
Meanwhile Tristam, a Forge's knight, is looking for whomever is responsible for all the thefts at the Palace and barbarians are attacking the city with their lethal wildcats. Which is the right side?
Midnight Thief is the perfect YA novel for all the readers who are taking their first steps at approaching the fantasy genre but pale at the sight of
The worldbuilding is extremely simple. There aren't many rules, powers or positions to remember, a few characters' names and there's not much to the setting besides the city of Forge and the forests sorrounding it.
Nonetheless, the story was very fast-paced and engaging, I felt involved in all their conversations as well as the fights and other action packed scenes.
The two different PoVs were perfectly entwined, thus I was saved from every possible boredom or dull moment and I always knew what was happening on both sides.
In my opinion, one strong point of this book was the realistic and well developed psychology of the characters. For instance, when Kyra kills someone, that action won't go unnoticed but will have repercussions or her future behaviour and choices and the same goes for Tristam, the male lead.
Their relationship was barely emphasized, they didn't even meet before halfway through the book and the unexpected slow burn was lost among all the twists that kept turning everything upside down. Which was totally fine with me! I was worried about a possible love triangle but no, crisis averted!
In a way, it reminded me of the beginning of The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Don't get me wrong, they're completely different on so many levels, but Kyra slightly reminded me of Vin: both of them are thiefs and both are somehow recruited to be part of a crew, they're well aware of what they can do and what they can't, they're modest but stubborn. And considering how much I'm missing the Mistborn world.. well, it warmed my heart and I'm grateful for it!
Whereas it didn't end on a terrible cliff-hanger and most of the more immediate complications arisen where solved when I reached the epilogue, I'm eager to read the 2nd (and last?) installment in this series and see what Livia Blackbourne has in store for us!