Dance of Thieves: Review
Good afternoon readers! Today, I'll be reviewing Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson, the next installment in the Remnant Chronicles universe, which I reviewed awhile back! It was such a delight to return this world with the same intrigue and slow-burn romance that I've come to know and love from Pearson! Note: I received an e-galley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions below are my own.
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 totally cured me of the book drought I'd been having! I was struggling to get through anything for awhile now and to be honest, I was a bit apprehensive when I started this book. I considered if I was cut out to start a sequel series and if I needed to reread Remnant Chronicles to fully enjoy this book. Nope! As soon as I was immersed in Dance of Thieves, I realized that it was a story totally separate from Lia, Kaden, and Rafe's journey in the original trilogy. We have two new protagonists: Kazi, a former street thief and now dedicated Rahtan to the queen, and Jase, the new Patrei of Tor's Watch- a land with its own mythology that we haven't explored yet. Similar to the original trilogy, we alternate from their points of view and get a holistic view of the story's events from all angles.
I LOVE KAZI AND JASE. These two thieving, conniving, cunning sweethearts just stole my heart with their banter, deep and complex backgrounds, and of course, the slow burn romance that Pearson is so well-known for. Their relationship is anything but insta-love, and we truly see some character development out of them as the relationship develops. To be fair, I think that plot development fell to the wayside in favor of their developing relationship, and while that might bother some folks, I found Kazi and Jase lovable enough that I didn't mind the laser focus on them.
Though it took awhile for the political plot to unfold, I was totally captivated once all of the pieces were on the board. We get cameos from old characters in Remnant Chronicles- but just enough of a tease to make the inner fangirls in us squeal without being totally integral to the plot.
Last but certainly not least, the ending is EVERYTHING. I reread the last chapter probably five times and it sent chills running down my spine. I absolutely can't wait for Vow of Thieves, currently set for release on August 6, 2019.