Published: September 2013
Source: I received an e-copy of this novella free from the author in exchange for my honest review
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.
As you may know, Midnight Thief was my Waiting on Wednesday pick last week. A book about a female assassin? Put that in my hands right now, please! Alas, there are still several months to go before Midnight Thief is published. Luckily, in the meantime the author has written this novella to introduce readers to the world of Midnight Thief.
I really enjoyed this brief glimpse into the world of the Assassin's Guild. I'm into the idea of main characters who kind of toe the line between good and evil. I love that we have a protagonist who is a career assassin, and James was particularly intriguing to me because in spite of his occupation, he seemed to be a pretty decent guy. He wasn't at all the stereotype that I was expecting.
One minor criticism I would offer is that I wish that James and Thalia had just a bit more character development - even for a story this short, I wanted them to feel just a little more fleshed out, a little more three dimensional. I would have enjoyed a brief glimpse into their past, maybe.
I also felt like the big moment near the end of the story was just a little rushed, and a few key scenes took place "off screen", which was a little frustrating for me.
All in all, this was a quick, fun read and definitely left me even more excited for Midnight Thief's release. I suspect that the minor issues I had with Poison Dance are pretty specific to its brief word count. I'm looking forward to reading a full novel that takes place in this world.
Have you picked up Poison Dance yet?
Are you looking forward to Midnight Thief?