Novella Review & Giveaway: Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Title – Author: Poison Dance – Livia Blackburne
Publisher: Lion’s Quill Press
Release Date: 2013
Series/Standalone: Standalone – Prequel to Midnight Thief 
Format – Source: e-ARC – Author

James is one of the best in the Assassin’s Guild, but with power struggles and distrust, he begins to wonder if he should get out. When he meets Thalia, a dancing girl, and she asks for his help in killing a powerful nobleman, the real trouble begins.

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I came across Midnight Thief on some blog’s list of anticipated reads (sorry, I can’t remember which blog…) and immediately added it to my TBR shelf. Thieves? Assassins? Enemies who become something more? It basically sounded like exactly my kind of book. When the author offered me a copy of her prequel novella to Midnight Thief to review, I gave her a resounding yes because I wanted to get a taste for this upcoming fantasy world.

And a taste is exactly what you get with Poison Dance. The reader begins to understand the complications and nuances involved with the men in the Assassins Guild through James’s eyes as he is accused of treachery and power shifts within the guild. Then there’s the guild’s position within this society, a once formidable and rich group reduced to a shadow of its former self. There are also hints of larger political workings with other power players like the noblemen of the city and the travelers who can obtain illegal and deadly substances.

I immediately took to James, who has a deep sense of honor despite being a hired thug. He agrees to help Thalia because she desperately needs it even though by doing so he puts his own life and his position within the guild at risk. He’s also a complete badass, which you’ll see in full at the end of the novella. Thalia is an interesting character as well, with her own agenda and a steadfast determination to accomplish her goal. What I liked about their relationship was that though they came from different backgrounds and have different motivations, they can still find common ground and grow to understand and care for each other.

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This prequel does exactly what a prequel should: builds excitement for more stories in this world and gives a sense of the direction that the series will take.

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7 – really good but missing a little something – George Weasley


Giveaway time! The author has graciously provided a widget for a giftcard giveaway that ties into a promotion for Poison Dance and other ebooks that are a part of a holiday sale. Read below for more about the sale and for the link to enter the giveaway (you have to click the link…Rafflecopter doesn’t embed on


From December 11-14th, the Poison Dance ebook is on sale for .99 cents as part of the Fantasy Romance Holiday Promotion.

Buy Poison Dance at:
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Paperback: Amazon

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