Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne

This is an e-book by my very talented writer buddy, Livia Blackburne. I was lucky enough to see early versions of this novella and was very excited to see how well the final version turned out. If you’re looking for a gritty, fast-paced fantasy story, or really if you’re just looking for something new to read, this is a great choice. This novella is a stand-alone prequel featuring James, a vital character in Livia’s upcoming YA book, Midnight Thief (Disney-Hyperion 2014). This book is slightly more adult fiction in tone than Midnight Thief (which I’ve also been lucky enough to read in early drafts :) ), but I think this is a perfect bridge for those adult SFF readers who don’t realize what they’re missing with YA literature.

I wish I could say more, but you’ll just have to read both the novella and Midnight Thief to find out how they intertwine. Can’t wait to read the final version of the novel!

PS–If you’re reading this review of Poison Dance after having already read the novel, then you’re already intrigued by James and this is your chance to find out more.

For you writers out there: Livia has a great website for writers called A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing (Livia holds a PhD in neuroscience from MIT) where she has written a lot about her journey to publication.

Some highlights:

The OCD Writer’s Guide to Considering an Offer of Representation
Operation Chest Hair Part I: In Which I Look at Girls Through a Manly Lens
Beyond the Sandwich Method: What I Learned About Critiquing From My Editors

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