Narrated by: Bianca Amato
Published by Recorded Books on Jul 8, 2014
Genres: High Fantasy, Romance, YA
Format: Audiobook from Library
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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’s 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 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.
Meh. This book left me feeling meh. It’s not so much that I disliked it, I just didn’t feel much for it at all.
Kyra was very mousy and naive for someone who grew up on the street. She seemed rather bland and one dimensional. I just never came to care for her much.
I did enjoy Tristan’s character, although he was rather stereotypical. He did have a little depth to him, which made him my favourite of the bunch, but there honestly wasn’t much to choose from.
I found the story really slow to start. It seemed to take a long time before things started happening, and then when they did, I was left confused about the direction they went in. It felt like the first half of the story was rather disconnected from the second half. We went from rather standard thief-assassin plot to paranormal territory in the blink of an eye.
Overall, I just didn’t connect with the story or characters. Maybe if Kyra was a little less naive, or the two halves of the book had more in common, this would be a different review. Alas, this is a story that just didn’t work for me.