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.
What to make of the AMAZING book! Where do I begin? The author has a PhD in neuroscience for heavens sake! Go figure she wrote such an incredible book! And for the love of all that is holy I have to wait a whole year for book 2! Let me just say I was riveted by the end of paige one. I could not put this book down. Everything about it was worth reading every word, line and savoring the picture she created as you get involved in the world and it's characters. This book truly has everything a story needs to make a good story. Likeable characters, political situations that were not presented as pure black and white but showed many gray areas, good vs evil, historical context (language/setting), romance, mystery, action, adventure, twists, plot changes, characters killed off that tear at your heart strings, etc. I could go on and on about what this book hold that makes with worth reading and owning.
The writing alone in this book was fantastic! The detail described is enough to give you the framework, but not too much that you were overwhelmed with too much information. Make sense? The author also did a great job of pacing. There wasn't a time I wanted to book to go faster or I wanted to skim to move on with the story. No, this was so well written that I was able to really enjoy the pace of the book. I've read some people complain that this book as "too slow" I would have to politely disagree with those who felt that way because I sure did not feel like this book was slow. There were to many twists and turns in the story I really was reeling by where the author took me. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and it's pace.
This story follows a girl named Kyra who is an orphaned who grew up on the streets and doesn't even know her real age, but living on the streets taught her how to survive. She has an amazing ability to scale walls and bypass guards in order to steal what she needs in order to survive. As a character she is pretty stinkin awesome. She always kept things interesting, and what was so great about her as a character she isn't this completely sword wilding bad-A-don't-mess-with-me type of chick that is becoming so big. No, she is flawed, she makes mistakes, but she isn't whiny, she is strong and real. Someone readers can relate to. Through out the story you really get to see growth from Kyra as we watch her choices and actions and the consequences (good or bad) play out. She is a character to admire. When Kyra is offered a job from a mysterious James who needs her help and only she can do it since she is so skilled in the art of doing things without getting caught. She hesitates but then desires this new challenge he presents to her.
Tristam is a wonderful character. He is just someone you automatically like. He is just trying to get by while doing what he thinks is right. He has a desire to uphold his family's name and honor. He doesn't aspire to be anything but good. But when his friend is killed by the Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats. Tristam seeks his revenge and vows to take them down. When Tristam's world collides with Kyra things get intense as the plot in the story thickens and twists and turns in way you were completely not expecting.
Overall I would own this book, it's a good decent sized book that is clean and full of adventure. I highly recommend this book
Sexual Content: mild
Violence: moderate (knowledge of murders, fight scenes, throat cutting-not graphic)
*Thank you to the Hyperion for a copy of the book, which I got in exchange for an honest review*
Meet the Author:
Livia Blackburne has a PhD in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. This is her debut novel.
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