Thank you to Raincoast books for sending me an advanced readers copy of this book! All my thoughts and opinions are my own.
Title: Dance of Thieves
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Published Date: August 7th, 2018
My Rating: 4 stars! ⭐️
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.
If you didn’t already know, this book is told in the same universe as Mary E. Pearson’s previous book series THE REMNANT CHRONICLES, although it’s safe to say you can read this book without any knowledge of her other series. I’m proof of that!
As much as I was enticed by this new world others were already familiar with, I did have some trouble comprehending some of the world-building which was clearly developed in the previous series. It didn’t necessarily put me at a disadvantage as a reader, but it did take me awhile to get adjusted to the world the author already created. (But once I hit around page 65, I was flying through the book!)
In Dance of Thieves we follow a dual perspective of Kazi and Jase, the first a legendary thief turned solider sent on a mission for her queen. The other is a son who has recently found himself in a high position of power, trying to reassure his leadership.
One of the main aspects that I absolutely adored about this book was the authors ability to create characters with such well-thought out and captivating backstories. Nothing about the characters felt conventional and their motives didn’t seem careless; the reasons behind certain actions are thoroughly explained and MADE SENSE!
The world-building also lived up to the high standard I expected, it’s no wonder a lot of people are excited about this book! It’s filled with politics, romance, betrayal….it’s all so entertaining!
I also want to touch a little bit on the romance, as it is a pretty romance heavy book. I know for a lot of people a romantic sub-plot is definitely a hit, and in this book I enjoyed it a lot! It sparks pretty quickly in the book, and it did not feel like insta-love to me! I think the reason for this is because of the authors luscious and thick writing, it almost dragged out their interactions…IN A GOOD WAY.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable novel for me to read, despite not having read the previous series. Would I recommend reading The Remnant Chronicles before this…maybe, especially since some characters did make plenty of cameos, but it’s still a great read on its own, that I definitely recommend you pick up!
Thanks for reading!