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Author: Livia Blackburne Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Series:The Midnight Thief Universe Release Date: December 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781490656496

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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 is 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 the 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. In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner-and danger is a way of life. Praise for Midnight Thief "Blackburne's fast-paced fantasy will please fans of Leigh Bardugo and Tamora Pierce."

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  • “Blackburne’s high fantasy is expansive, with entertaining characters and a well-constructed world.”

    - Booklist
  • “Third-person alternating narratives between Kyra and Tristam effectively set the pace and tension leading up to their unlikely alliance and thrilling discovery of Kyra’s heritage. External conflict among the assassins, nobles, and Demon Riders is balanced by Kyra’s internal conflict as she faces harrowing moral decisions that make her question her true nature and the measures she will take to protect loved ones.”

    - School Library Journal
  • “A journey ripe with danger, intrigue, and hidden history…Best of all, Kyra is a strong, capable female character not in search of a rescue, and Tristam is not in search of a distressed damsel either. On the whole, this is a satisfying read with the promise of a sequel.”

    - VOYA
  • “A dark, morally complex adventure…Each character must choose between bad and worse options, and not all make the ‘right’ decision. While both Kyra and Tristam achieve redemption (of a sort) by the end, they pay a cruel price—and neither is altogether certain it was worth the cost.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Bianca Amato employs a cool, calm narration style for the first book in this fast-paced fantasy series…Amato shows her skill by portraying Tristam in an even, slightly deeper voice, while Kyra has a rougher accent and projects more emotion. Supporting characters…are depicted in unique voices that make them easy to differentiate…Amato shows Kyra’s struggle with who she is and the choices she’s made by varying her tone. Listeners will eagerly await the next installment.

    - AudioFile

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About the Author

Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while she was a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neuroscience of reading acquisition in children. Upon graduation, she switched to writing full time. Livia still blogs about the intersection of literature and neuroscience.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato, winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.