Review – Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Posted March 3, 2016 by Emily in review / 0 Comments

Review – Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne
TITLE: Poison Dance
AUTHOR: Livia Blackburne
SERIES: Midnight Thief #0.5
Publisher: Lion's Quill Press
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RATING: 4.5 Stars

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.


I read Poison Dance after I read Midnight Thief even though it was written as a prequel so oops. Anyways, I thought Poison Dance was a really interesting novella to read.

Poison Dance provides a bit of a backstory on James, one of the secondary characters in Midnight Thief. It does a really good job giving more insight on how James became… well, James. At least, the James in Midnight Thief. It explains how some of his opinions and attitudes were shaped and how they came to be.

I thought James was a really well-developed character in Poison Dance and Livia did a really great job making him seem three dimensional. He was really easy to connect to. I didn’t feel as connected to Thalia, as I did to James, but I did think she, as a character, was quite well written as well.

I thought the story Poison Dance tells is really complex and interesting. However, I did think was the ending is a bit rushed – it had a bit of an unfinished feel to it. Maybe it was designed to be an open ending to lead into Midnight Thief, the first full-length novel in the series?

In Conclusion…

Poison Dance is a really well written novella with an intricate plot and well developed, complex characters. It does a fantastic job providing a little background story on James and is definitely worth a read if you are interested in reading (or loved reading) Midnight Thief.

Final Rating
5 Stars
4 Stars
4.5 Stars
4 Stars
World Building
4.5 Stars
Overall: 4.4


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