[Review] Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 13th August, 2014

[Review] Poison Dance by Livia BlackburnePoison Dance by Livia Blackburne
Series: Midnight Thief #0.5
Published by Lion's Quill Press on Sepetember 24th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 86
Source: Purchase
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.

There is a phenomenon in fantasy novels where characters are super into talking about their genitals. It’s mostly men in reference to women, but things can get pretty bawdy pretty fast. This is feels especially out of place when I’m reading Young Adult. Mainly because they use such a language as to hint at it, but not actually say it. It’s the sixties pan away, whoopie talk of the fantasy genre.

This novella was full of it. Just brimming with it. Whether it be because of the plot or because the characters think someone is hot, it started to get increasingly annoying. I understand that sex can be a magnificent motivator and easy way to get close to someone, but damn the flowery talk and yadayadayadas.

The plot is just the song Mr. Brightside, but with revenge and then some grumpy usurpation. Nothing new to see here, the death of a not so girlfriend motivationally skyrockets someone into the top seat of an underground guild. Now where have I seen that before? Oh, yeah, Dr. Horrible.

Despite being cliche, it was still a quick novella, showing the back story of James, an influential character in Livia Blackburne’s full length novel, Midnight Thief. It introduces the backdrop of Forge and the inner workings of its society and also gives a bit of insight into the author’s writing style. It didn’t make me more or less excited for Midnight Thief, but it was still a nice companion piece.

Written by Fry


Probably in a dungeon somewhere. Game Master for the D’n’D actual play podcast Roll For Wenches .

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