Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1)by Published 07 Aug 2018
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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.
"Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1)" Reviews
I am SO HAPPY to have this chance to return to one of my favorite YA fantasy worlds and get a seriously awesome story. I was worried that maybe I'd have a hard time getting totally into a different plot in the same world (kind of like with Flamecaster after the Seven Realms series) but the author approached it SO well. There are mentions of "the queen" and events from the Remnant Chronicles, but it's held at a distance so you care just as much about the current characters by the time you do see some old familiar faces.
The basic idea here is that Kazi was the best street thief in Venda and is now one of Lia's Rahtan. She gets abducted by labor hunters and ends up in the wilderness chained to Jase, the ruling son of an outlaw family that wants to be recognized as their own nation. Jase brings Kazi back to his family as a prisoner, but that's secretly where she wants to be for her own mission/agenda anyways. They pretend to be a couple but totally using each other BUT are totally actually not faking it at the same aaaand a whole complicated plot unfolds.
The story's told through the dual POVs of Kazi & Jase, which makes some of the urgent situations even more intense because only the reader can see the full picture and what's going down. I love those kinds of stories where you're so invested that it's like
Anyways, I loved all of the characters! The first 50 pages or so were hard for me to get into for some reason. I couldn't pin everyone down or find a footing to get invested in. But I ended up loving everything by the end! The worldbuilding is great and adds another rich layer to the world I already loved.
This story feels more like a separate series than a continuation of the Remnant Chronicles, but I would recommend reading that trilogy first if you don't want to have anything spoiled. The villain here is a figure who escaped from the events in the previous stories and some side characters will matter a lot more, too. But you can also pick this up first and be totally fine (like the people who read Six of Crows before Shadow and Bone).
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve missed this world and our old characters. I think it might be time for a reread soon!
Although The Remnant Chronicles has a special place in my heart and will probably never be replaced as my favorite Mary Pearson series, Dance of Thieves did not disappoint. It was great to see more of this world beyond just Morrighan, Dalbreck, and Venda.
Every character in this spin-off has already captured my heart. Kazi, Wren, and Synové? BAD ASS FEMALE CHARACTERS. Period. I want to be them. That is all. Jase and the Ballengers? PRECIOUS. All of them. Protect them at all costs.
And the romance? Mary Pearson knows how to write good romance, no doubt about it, and I ship literally everyone in this book. I really enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game between Kazi and Jase to a certain extent. I did get annoyed at some points where I just wish they’d stop lying to each other. But I’m used to it by now since lack of communication always seems to be an issue with the characters of the Remnant Chronicles universe considering how I’ve had this same problem before with Lia, Rafe, and the rest of the gang. 😅
There were some parts where I did feel the story drag on and I had to put the book aside for a bit but I don’t think I was ever bored. There was always something new to learn about in this world and I was absolutely fascinated by the Ballenger history and how their “kingdom” began.
And of course, it was a pleasure seeing and reading about the familiar faces of The Remnant Chronicles. It was great to see how Lia’s reign as Queen was going and how the rest of our favorites were faring. I desperately wanted to know how my ship was doing after the events of The Beauty of Darkness since we didn’t get too much of an epilogue. But there was definitely some closure after reading this book.
Dance of Thieves really lives up to its name along with the Remnant Chronicles hype. If you loved the Kiss of Deception books, I don’t think you will be disappointed. I was feeling super nostalgic the whole time reading this book and I’m so grateful to Mary Pearson for bringing us back! I already can’t wait for the next book especially with that ENDING. 😰
I absolutely love Mary's writing. Just like with the Kiss of Deception, Dance of Thieves sucked me right in from the get go! Also if you read the last trilogy, there is a glimpse of a few of the people from it! So I was fangirling about that!!
My favorite aspect of this book was the bond between Kazi and Jase—they were a bucket full of cuteness. Or course being on opposite sides of things caused disagreement and secrets, but it made the story more addicting. Kazi made me frustrated at times, but I understood how she worked because of the way she grew up. However, I also loved her for how she was. Although, Jase was my favorite!
The side characters were great and the world building was excellent. I seriously can't wait to read the next book and see what happens. I can already tell some serious stuff is going to go down!!
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I have a soft spot for Mary E. Pearson's books. She's a master at worldbuilding and angst, and her other series sent me over the roof with feels. Naturally, I was eager to get my hands on this new series set in the same world!
In short, I loved it, but I will say it was long and took me a while to get my bearing. Since it's been a while since I've read her other books, I had a hard time figuring out where I was in the world. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure where the new country/land is - but I imagine the final book will have a map! I also had a hard time remembering the ending of the series (who ended up ruling where) so I suggest doing a quick once-over of the finale if you're coming from the other books.
While this book starts off with an entirely new cast, I was delighted to see old characters on the side. As far as the new (main) characters - this is told in a dual POV. The first is Kazi, a member of the queen's Rhatan, and Jase, a leader struggling for power in a new land we've never seen before. The beginning felt mostly like backstory on the two main characters, so it lagged a bit for me personally, but when Kazi and Jase collide, things really take off!
As always, Pearson writes characters with depth and heart, and you'll find yourself falling for both Jase and Kazi. When they meet, they hate each other -the makings of a perfectly good story. Basically, the queen sends Kazi to a semi-contested land (basically one family rules it, but the borders are unclear). They believe the captain who betrayed Morrighan is hiding there under the protection of said family. So, Kazi is supposed to fish him out and bring him back to the queen for justice. However, when Kazi runs into Jase, they have a... skirmish of sorts that I wont spoil... and both end up being kidnapped and hauled away by a slave trader.
That's all I'll say about the plot. Be prepared - the book is looooong. But that means plenty of room for betrayal on multiple levels, and angst like you wouldn't believe. I did wish the pace was a bit snappier but I can't deny the richness of the world and the details put into the characters. And as always, I loved Mary's writing!
If you're a fan of the Remnant Chronicles, definitely give this one a go!
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"Get him and get out. That was our task, and that was it. I told them that we also had the bad timing of being plummeted into the middle of a power war spawned by Karsen Ballenger's death."
Our protagonist, Kazi, has been sent by the one and only queen of Venda, Lia (still one of the best ya protagonists out there) to find General Illarium, who we already know (he's the one who betrayed Lia's family and caused the death of her father and brother). Rumor has it he's in Hell's mouth, a city that's supposed to be under Venda's jurisdiction, but that's actually under the control of the Ballenger family.
The Ballengers have been fighting for eyes to be recognised as the first kingdom (because they actually are) but they've never been able to and now is a particularly bad time because the last Patrei (the ruler) has just died. Jase, our second protagonist, has just become the new Patrei.
A few chapters in, Kazi and Jase find themselves shackled (literally) at the ankles, lol.
"I like you, Jase Ballenger. I think if you weren't a thief, we might be friends."
"And if you didn't whisk out knives and threaten to cut pretty necks, I think we might be friends, too."
"Oh, how obsessed you are with your pretty neck."
Kazi: she's my favorite. She's a Vendan orphan (now 17) who's had a really tough childhood where she became an incredibly skilled thief. She lived during the Komizar's rule, when thief lost fingers when they were caught. Kazi earned the nickname Ten because she still had all of them. Lia found her and made her part of her personal guard, the Rathvas. She's sassy and strong but also sweet and silly and I loved her friendship with her fellow Rathvas Wren and Synové.
Jase: I definitely prefer Kazi but he's good, too. He's 19 and he's the new Patrei, his family means everything to him and even if the Ballegers are a people of thieves that don't follow the other kingdoms's laws, he's a decent person who can clearly see the difference between good and bad.
"This was more than just making the best of it, this was something taking root, a seed being planted."
I'm gonna be honest, this is a romance-heavy book. That's not a problem for me because I love romance, but some people may find it a bit too much sometimes.
And I also know that many are going to say it's instalove-y. I personally don't think so, tho. It's true, there's some immediate attraction but they are in an impossible situation (literally shackled together) so they have to cooperate to survive and not go completely crazy. I found their relationship believable and sweet, the book isn't about the will they won't they, it's about them knowing they have feeling for each other but not trusting the other, and slowly trying to right that lack of trust.
I swear all was going perfectly and then the last two page happened. Mary E. Pearson is evil and I need book 2 now.