December 14, 2013

A Shot of YA: Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Series: Midnight Thief 0.5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: September 12, 2013
Publisher: Lion's Quill Press
Source: Author
Genre: YA-Fantasy
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. Poison dance is approximately 14,000 words, or 54 printed pages.

POISON DANCE is the prequel novella to Livia Blackburne's Midnight Thief, a YA fantasy series about assassins. POISON DANCE is a primer and a good taste test of the series amd LBlackburne's writing voice. This novella is plot driven with the characters taking a backseat to make way for the world building. My impression of this fictional place is medieval, magical and a bit lawless, the perfect backdrop for LBlackburne's Assassins Guild to spread their notoriety amongst the people, noble and commoner alike. As for the characters, the lead is James, a young and budding assassin who found himself helping an orphan girl exact revenge on a noble who killed her sister. I'm unsure if we'll see more of James in book 1 but he did a great job in getting us acquainted with his world.

I will hold off any speculations for the series itself although I'm hoping that Midnight Thief will be character driven filled with more action and adventure. POISON DANCE is told from the male POV and I'm hoping that the tone will continue to have a masculine voice for the sake of variation. This genre is flooded with badass females and a little switcheroo won't hurt. 

Book 1 will hit the shelves July 4, 2014
published by Disney-Hyperion

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Paperback: Amazon

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I sarted a blog when I was a neuroscience graduate student at MIT, conducting research on the neural correlates of reading, where I took the analytical approach I used for my experiments and applied it towards the process of writing and publishing. After earning my doctorate, I've switched to full time writing. My debut YA fantasy novel MIDNIGHT THIEF will be coming out with Disney-Hyperion in 2014. The goal of this blog remains the same though: study pieces of writing, break it down into component pieces, and try to see what makes it work.

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