Sunday, January 19, 2014

Short Story Sunday: Poison Dance

Title: Poison Dance
Series: Midnight Thief, #0.5
Author: Livia Blackburne
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble


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. 

So, if you've been here long enough, you know about my complete obsession with love for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. And because of that, I've been very scared hesitant to read other stories about assassins, for fear that I would only ever compare them to the ToG series, and they would of course never measure up.

Well, I managed to get past that to read Poison Dance, and I am so glad I did. It may only be a short story, but don't be fooled. It is a complex, intricate, complete story all on its own.

James is an assassin, just wanting to do his job without getting into the politics of the Guild. Then, he is approached by Thalia, a dancing girl with a huge and dangerous request.

This is what everyone looks for in a fantasy novel. Although it is short, it was very beautifully written. The building of the world, the Assassin's Guild, and everything that is going on is explained very well, without taking up so much of the already short story. The story is engaging from the start, and will keep you glued to the pages, wanting to know how it ends up and how it plays into Midnight Thief.

James is only a supporting character in Midnight Thief, which makes me sad because I want more of him, his story. BUT this also has made me even more excited for Midnight Thief when it comes out. You're telling me I have to wait until July??

So, basically, I loved this, and you need to read it. Now.

This review can also be found on   Rachel Marie's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way, except for that I need Midnight Thief even more now.


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4 comments:

  1. Oh this is a great idea! :) I don't read short stories much, but now that I think about it I should!


    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

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    1. Sometimes I don't like in-between novellas, because there's no way to read them without buying them, but I also do like them because I always feel like they add so much more to the story. And it's always nice getting more about the characters we love :)

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  2. So... I haven't read either of these series yet >.< But I do own throne of glass because a friend gifted it to me... I take it I should read them now? Ya... i'll get on that! [

    Chelle

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    1. Ahh yes you absolutely need to read Throne of Glass!! It's hands down one of my all-time favorite series

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