It’s time for my first book review. And I’m going to kick of my reviewing with a very special and close to my heart book.
Title: Dance of Thieves
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: Dance of Thieves #1
Spin-off series of: The Remnant Chronicles
Publication Year: 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Recommendation: Highly recommended
*Note: This book can be read without reading the trilogy of The Remnant Chronicles, but I would recommend to read the previous series first because Dance of Thieves will have spoilers for it, and the world-building in The Remnant Chronicles will just make this book more enjoyable.
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.
I don’t even know with what to start, so I guess my best bet is the beginning. I was a bit scared to read Dance of Thieves because I worried about being disappointed as it happens very often with highly anticipated books. One thing I can say for sure that this book was not what I expected. Not at all.
It began with the stars.
Oh, and it did start with the stars, as my expectations were shattered and shot to the stars, giving me much more than I could have even asked for. Dance of Thieves was even better than the first trilogy – The Remnant Chronicles, and they were my second favourite read of 2017. I freaking LOVE THIS BOOK. This possibly is my FAVOURITE book of all-time. And JASE, oh my, JASE… (insert googly eyes here)
Every exchange of words between Jase and me seemed like a dance, a step forward, a step back, circling, both of us leading, anticipating, wondering what the next move would be. He didn’t trust me any more than I trusted him.
So let’s look at the characters. This book has a dual POV: female MC – Kazi and male MC – Jase. I must admit that for the first time ever the main characters DID NOT disappoint, irritate or make me angry or annoyed with them. The things they did and said made sense, it was all logical and based on their personalities and situations that they found themselves in, this was so REFRESHING.
She fascinated me, her contradictions, her secrets, and the girl that sometimes surfaced from beneath her tough soldier exterior, like when she spotted the wish stalks on the bank. The girl who forgot who I was and pressed a wish stalk to my ankle. In another world, another circumstance, I think we might have been friends. Or more.
KAZI was an AMAZING female lead, as she is strong, brave, loyal and street smart. I completely FELL IN LOVE with JASE, he is the best. I don’t have words to describe how GREAT he is. Jase is strong, brave and protective but also sweet, honourable, loyal and considered. He is so SWOON WORTHY.
Yes, I want to kiss you, Jase Ballenger. Not for show or to make the best of it. I want to kiss you because I want you, every part of you, even the parts that infuriate me beyond telling, because you’ve infected me with a poison that I don’t want to flush out, because you’re a mad viper twisting around my middle, cutting off my breath, yet I want you more than I want to breathe. Yes, Jase, I want to kiss you, just because I do, but the one thing I cannot do is promise you any tomorrows.
The main and secondary characters were three-dimensional and well-developed.
The writing was beautiful and descriptive.
The plot was entertaining and captivating.
The world building was imaginative and rich.
The romance was sweet and slow-burning.
Overall, this book was wonderful and very enjoyable read.
But the ending was heart stopping.
It was our story. It didn’t have to have a happy beginning or a happy ending, but the middle was a feast at a banquet, a rich soapy bath, a night’s rest at an inn and full stomach, a warm chest nestled up against my back, the soft heat of lips at my nape, stories whispered in my ear.
Just the FEELS. This book was EVERYTHING I COULD WISH FOR. There was action, romance, family dynamics, loyalty and betrayal, secrets, loss, and so wide range of emotions that you could feel very deeply for them all. Also a chance to meet some of the old beloved characters from The Remnant Chronicles series.
You are Rahtan, Kazi. You have a promise to keep, and you will betray him eventually.
I felt like I have lost some important part of me after finishing this book, as Jase and Kazi are not part of my life anymore. I wanted this book to be much longer. I wanted it to never end. Oh, I got into deep and dark book hangover afterwards, and now I just want to live in Mary E. Pearsons head or computer, where I can be in this world forever.
I do want tomorrows with you, Jase. I want a lifetime of tomorrows.
DANCE OF THIEVES is the BEST BOOK I read in 2018, which means that Vow of Thieves is my most anticipated book of 2019.
Have you read Dance of Thieves? What were your thoughts on it? If not, then what are you waiting for? This is a must read for all fantasy and romance fans out there 😉
Lady of Bookland