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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.So, assassins are cool, right? Well, when I first read about Livia Blackburne's upcoming release, Midnight Thief--which is about assassins--I knew I wanted to read it. Lo and behold, Livia has written a short prequel novella to help tide us over, since Midnight Thief isn't out until July (!!!). This novella, awesomely named Poison Dance, more than just tides you over, though. Upon finishing I NEEDED Midnight Thief and I needed to see James and how he turned out.
You wouldn't think that 54 pages is enough to really flesh out a character, let alone two, but that's exactly what happens. Both James and Thalia are interesting characters that draw you into the story easily and completely. Honestly I'm afraid I'm only going to want to see James when I read Midnight Thief now!
Also despite the short length, there's quite a lot of action and more than enough to keep you reading this novella in one quick sitting. The plot rushes along and I was actually surprised when it ended, not remembering the actual length and seeing that the file had over 80 pages. But, that left space for a Midnight Thief excerpt, which did not disappoint.
Poison Dance is a novella that not only whets your appetite for its companion, but it stands alone as a great read. Between engaging characters and a fast-paced plot, you're sure to be entertained and immediately wish for more.