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.
In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.
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5 out of 5 stars
I’ve been following this author since I read Poison Dance, the prequel novella for this story. While I admit I pretty much picked this up because I love the villain, I did quickly fall in love with Kyra and Tristam.
This has a truly YA feel to the book. The storytelling is straightforward, but layered. There are twists and turns, betrayals and backstabbing, but there is still a sense of hopefulness and optimism at the end. I’m not sure how else to explain it, but I did enjoy the style.
I found it difficult to imagine Kyra’s accent and that’s my only complaint. She was intensely moral (one of my favorite character traits), highly skilled, and hardcore. I feel there’s quite a bit more to be revealed in her character and I’m excited to see where the series takes her!
Tristam, poor child. The other POV in the story, he is almost Kyra’s polar opposite. With more rigid and traditional ideals, he’s so set in his ways and determined to do the right thing…one of those characters you admire whilst getting SO FRUSTRATED.
My strong emotions regarding James turned out to be problematic. He’s the chief villain and did some horrible things and I didn’t care. I’m pretty sure he could pull a Loki and destroy half New York and I’d still love him.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to obtain Daughter of Dusk!