Thursday, August 16, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
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Tour organized by Fierce Reads
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Dance of Thieves
by Mary E. Pearson
Read: July 16 - 25, 2018
Published: August 7, 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Galley from Macmillan (Thank you!)
Category: Fantasy, Secrets, Spies, Magic,

Series: book 1/2

Book Description: 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.

NOTE: While Dance of Thieves takes place some time after the events of the third Remnant Chronicles book (The Beauty of Darkness), it is its own series. We do see some overlapping characters in passing, but the focus is on new characters and events. While Dance of Thieves can be read without having read the previous books, they do lend depth and background to the world and some of the characters. 

Dance of Thieves was excellent!! And I do mean it with those double explanation points. I read this fairly slowly at first, I think, because I kept worring something would change to remove my elated state over this story, but it never did. This book was just great from start to finish, and so far, I like this series better than I did the previous one starring Lia. Partially, because Dance of Thieves doesn't have an almost love shape - no triangle in any form exists here, and I'm confident of that continuing to be the case. (YAY!) 

The other main reason I enjoyed this story so much is because of its two main characters  Kazi and Jase. They each intrigued me from the beginning, and together are a fantastic match. From their first not-so-pleasant meeting, I loved getting to know each of them as they got to know each other. The beginning when they are literally attached to each other for a while and forced to collaborate to survive, was one of my most favorite parts of the story.  I was also very pleasantly surprised with how much romance was in this story. 

But this book also contains other classic Mary Pearson elements. Scheming and intrigue, danger and deceptions. Plus secrets and opposing loyalties make Kazi and Jase's romance tenuous at best, while also heightening the tension between them. But this book isn't just about these two. They each have a close network of of people around them. Kazi has her Rathan crew. Such great girl power and friendship! While Jase has a large family that endeared me so much. I adored so many of these extended characters and hope for more of them in the next book.

Dance of Thieves didn't at all end how I expected it to, which was both exhilarating and terrifying. Some elements were more settled than I guessed, while others had me biting my nails and screaming for the next installment. This book is not to be missed. 

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: High

My Photo Inspiration: 

Kazi and Jase spend some time wandering in the wilderness in Dance of Thieves. It is one of my favorite parts, and this is my photo inspiration about that time. 

Find this and other Bookish photo inspirations in my Instagram @loveisnotatriangle

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