Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves #1)
Published by Henry Holt & Company on August 7th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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 by Mary E. Pearson is a new fantasy novel set in her mystical world of the Remnant Chronicles. I quite enjoyed her last series so I was excited to learn there will be more books in that world with all brand new characters and stories!
There were many aspects that I loved in Dance of Thieves. What I have come to enjoy is that Pearson likes to slow build and burn her fantasies. Characterization is a huge plot device in her stories. That might come across as dry and slow to some readers, but to me, I can appreciate it for what it is, AMAZING story-telling.
Yeah that’s right, you heard me.
I was absolutely on board for the romance between Kazi and Jace. It was so swoon-worthy. I was pulling my hair out everytime they were fighting because as a reader I knew what was going on, but Kazi and Jace were both too stubborn to talk to each other. I was rooting for them for sure!
Why do characters love to bottle up their feelings and make my life miserable?
Why I tell you, why??
All the side characters were a huge plus as well. I loved Kazi’s team of assassins/soldiers. I found them equally entertaining and they added depth and life to the story. Pearson does a good job making you fall for them just as much as our mains!
The plot is definitely fit for a series as it’s a bit of a slow start. It was hard to pinpoint the main plot-lines. But I believe Dance of Thieves is what it is because of the direction Pearson took it in.
Me, completely satisfied with my choice to pick up this wonderful book.
Also me when I choose to have McDonalds for lunch. Good life choices.
The world is luscious, and the mechanics of the story, and history were fantastic! There is so much more to discover and I can’t wait to do so.
Have you read Dance of Thieves? What did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
MARY E. PEARSON is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretending she was a spy with a bagful of amazing gadgets. She was rarely herself. Amazingly, she never broke a bone until she caught a basketball in gym class. Catching real balls was not her forte. These days she continues to live in make-believe worlds she creates in her books. Her latest 2-book series, Dance of Thieves, allows her do all kinds of dangerous things without breaking any bones. So far.
You can learn more about Mary and her books at www.marypearson.com