Book Review | Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

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Title: Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publish Date: August 7, 2018 by Henry Holt & Company
# of Pages: 503
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(From Goodreads) A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

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Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)

Quality of Writing
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Pace
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Plot Development
4_stars-01 STAR
Ending
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Characters
4_stars-01 STAR
Enjoyability
5_stars-01 STAR

Overall Rating
5_stars-01 STAR

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson is a spinoff of The Remnant ChroniclesDance of Thieves features Kazi, a street thief turned guard, who is tasked with investigating wrongdoings against an area settlement. Along the way she meets Jase, a member of the Ballenger family, who quickly takes an interest in Kazi. Kazi has to complete her mission all while trying not to fall for Jase’s charm (or lack thereof).

So, to be very short: I loved this book! I adored The Remnant Chronicles, so it was so much fun jumping back into this world. Mary E. Pearson’s writing style is wonderfully descriptive–beautiful imagery and rich world building. I was sucked into the opening chapter, and I never wanted to come up for air.

The story concept is so cool! The book is set just after The Remnant Chronicles, when the queen begins her reign. Kazi and Jase’s cat and mouse game was intriguing. They both had hidden agendas and a mountain’s worth of secrets between the two of them. It was fun watching their relationship develop, even as deceit ran rampant on both sides.

I liked Kazi’s backstory, which was slowly unveiled throughout the book. Kazi is rough around the edges, but her history helped shape her personality and tough demeanor. I liked her sass, and ever-present compassionate streak.

I also liked the inclusion of riddles in the book. This was so fun and unique, and I truly enjoyed puzzling through each riddle before reading on to get the answer. They were very clever.

The ending of the book was encore worthy (the whole book is encore worthy, really). It ends on a positive note, while still remaining open-ended enough to feed into the next book, Vow of Thieves (set to publish August 2019–are we there yet?)

Outside of Kazi, who was a strong female protagonist, the rest of the cast of characters were equally awesome. Jase was swoon-worthy, motivated by honor and compassion. Wren and Synové were exciting, unique, and at times, downright hilarious. All characters not mentioned were just as interesting. There were no cookie-cutter characters in this book!

If you haven’t read a book by Mary E. Pearson, I highly recommend you read The Remnant Chronicles trilogy and then quickly pick up Dance of Thieves. They’re well worth the time!

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  • “Numbers don’t lie. They’re far more reliable than people.”
  • “Hear the language that isn’t spoken, for everyone can hear spoken words, but only a few can hear the heart that beats behind it.”
  • “Truth that came too late was as useful as a meal to a dead man.”

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