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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 a 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.


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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 a 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.

30 review for Dance of Thieves

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    I am SO HAPPY to have this chance to return to one of my favorite YA fantasy worlds and get a seriously awesome story. I was worried that maybe I'd have a hard time getting totally into a different plot in the same world (kind of like with Flamecaster after the Seven Realms series) but the author approached it SO well. There are mentions of "the queen" and events from the Remnant Chronicles, but it's held at a distance so you care just as much about the current characters by the time you do see I am SO HAPPY to have this chance to return to one of my favorite YA fantasy worlds and get a seriously awesome story. I was worried that maybe I'd have a hard time getting totally into a different plot in the same world (kind of like with Flamecaster after the Seven Realms series) but the author approached it SO well. There are mentions of "the queen" and events from the Remnant Chronicles, but it's held at a distance so you care just as much about the current characters by the time you do see some old familiar faces. The basic idea here is that Kazi was the best street thief in Venda and is now one of Lia's Rahtan. She gets abducted by labor hunters and ends up in the wilderness chained to Jase, the ruling son of an outlaw family that wants to be recognized as their own nation. Jase brings Kazi back to his family as a prisoner, but that's secretly where she wants to be for her own mission/agenda anyways. They pretend to be a couple but totally using each other BUT are totally actually not faking it at the same aaaand a whole complicated plot unfolds. The story's told through the dual POVs of Kazi & Jase, which makes some of the urgent situations even more intense because only the reader can see the full picture and what's going down. I love those kinds of stories where you're so invested that it's like Anyways, I loved all of the characters! The first 50 pages or so were hard for me to get into for some reason. I couldn't pin everyone down or find a footing to get invested in. But I ended up loving everything by the end! The worldbuilding is great and adds another rich layer to the world I already loved. This story feels more like a separate series than a continuation of the Remnant Chronicles, but I would recommend reading that trilogy first if you don't want to have anything spoiled. The villain here is a figure who escaped from the events in the previous stories and some side characters will matter a lot more, too. But you can also pick this up first and be totally fine (like the people who read Six of Crows before Shadow and Bone). Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I absolutely love Mary's writing. Just like with the Kiss of Deception, Dance of Thieves sucked me right in from the get go! Also if you read the last trilogy, there is a glimpse of a few of the people from it! So I was fangirling about that!! My favorite aspect of this book was the bond between Kazi and Jase—they were a bucket full of cuteness. Or course being on opposite sides of things caused disagreement and secrets, but it made the story more addicting. Kazi made me frustrated at times, but I absolutely love Mary's writing. Just like with the Kiss of Deception, Dance of Thieves sucked me right in from the get go! Also if you read the last trilogy, there is a glimpse of a few of the people from it! So I was fangirling about that!! My favorite aspect of this book was the bond between Kazi and Jase—they were a bucket full of cuteness. Or course being on opposite sides of things caused disagreement and secrets, but it made the story more addicting. Kazi made me frustrated at times, but I understood how she worked because of the way she grew up. However, I also loved her for how she was. Although, Jase was my favorite! The side characters were great and the world building was excellent. I seriously can't wait to read the next book and see what happens. I can already tell some serious stuff is going to go down! Review on my blog: https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)

    I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve missed this world and our old characters. I think it might be time for a reread soon! Although The Remnant Chronicles has a special place in my heart and will probably never be replaced as my favorite Mary Pearson series, Dance of Thieves did not disappoint. It was great to see more of this world beyond just Morrighan, Dalbreck, and Venda. Every character in this spin-off has already captured my heart. Kazi, Wren, and Synové? BAD ASS FEMALE CHARACTERS. P I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve missed this world and our old characters. I think it might be time for a reread soon! Although The Remnant Chronicles has a special place in my heart and will probably never be replaced as my favorite Mary Pearson series, Dance of Thieves did not disappoint. It was great to see more of this world beyond just Morrighan, Dalbreck, and Venda. Every character in this spin-off has already captured my heart. Kazi, Wren, and Synové? BAD ASS FEMALE CHARACTERS. Period. I want to be them. That is all. Jase and the Ballengers? PRECIOUS. All of them. Protect them at all costs. And the romance? Mary Pearson knows how to write good romance, no doubt about it, and I ship literally everyone in this book. I really enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game between Kazi and Jase to a certain extent. I did get annoyed at some points where I just wish they’d stop lying to each other. But I’m used to it by now since lack of communication always seems to be an issue with the characters of the Remnant Chronicles universe considering how I’ve had this same problem before with Lia, Rafe, and the rest of the gang. 😅 There were some parts where I did feel the story drag on and I had to put the book aside for a bit but I don’t think I was ever bored. There was always something new to learn about in this world and I was absolutely fascinated by the Ballenger history and how their “kingdom” began. And of course, it was a pleasure seeing and reading about the familiar faces of The Remnant Chronicles. It was great to see how Lia’s reign as Queen was going and how the rest of our favorites were faring. I desperately wanted to know how my ship was doing after the events of The Beauty of Darkness since we didn’t get too much of an epilogue. But there was definitely some closure after reading this book. Dance of Thieves really lives up to its name along with the Remnant Chronicles hype. If you loved the Kiss of Deception books, I don’t think you will be disappointed. I was feeling super nostalgic the whole time reading this book and I’m so grateful to Mary Pearson for bringing us back! I already can’t wait for the next book especially with that ENDING. 😰

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    I have a soft spot for Mary E. Pearson's books. She's a master at worldbuilding and angst, and her other series sent me over the roof with feels. Naturally, I was eager to get my hands on this new series set in the same world! In short, I loved it, but I will say it was long and took me a while to get my bearing. Since it's been a while since I've read her other books, I had a hard time figuring out where I was in the world. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure where the new country/land is I have a soft spot for Mary E. Pearson's books. She's a master at worldbuilding and angst, and her other series sent me over the roof with feels. Naturally, I was eager to get my hands on this new series set in the same world! In short, I loved it, but I will say it was long and took me a while to get my bearing. Since it's been a while since I've read her other books, I had a hard time figuring out where I was in the world. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure where the new country/land is - but I imagine the final book will have a map! I also had a hard time remembering the ending of the series (who ended up ruling where) so I suggest doing a quick once-over of the finale if you're coming from the other books. While this book starts off with an entirely new cast, I was delighted to see old characters on the side. As far as the new (main) characters - this is told in a dual POV. The first is Kazi, a member of the queen's Rhatan, and Jase, a leader struggling for power in a new land we've never seen before. The beginning felt mostly like backstory on the two main characters, so it lagged a bit for me personally, but when Kazi and Jase collide, things really take off! As always, Pearson writes characters with depth and heart, and you'll find yourself falling for both Jase and Kazi. When they meet, they hate each other -the makings of a perfectly good story. Basically, the queen sends Kazi to a semi-contested land (basically one family rules it, but the borders are unclear). They believe the captain who betrayed Morrighan is hiding there under the protection of said family. So, Kazi is supposed to fish him out and bring him back to the queen for justice. However, when Kazi runs into Jase, they have a... skirmish of sorts that I wont spoil... and both end up being kidnapped and hauled away by a slave trader. That's all I'll say about the plot. Be prepared - the book is looooong. But that means plenty of room for betrayal on multiple levels, and angst like you wouldn't believe. I did wish the pace was a bit snappier but I can't deny the richness of the world and the details put into the characters. And as always, I loved Mary's writing! If you're a fan of the Remnant Chronicles, definitely give this one a go! My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    The cover is a work of art.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helena ✰ FC

    "This was more than an unexpected turn. It was an unchecked slide into hell." 4.5 stars!!! As always, I think that it’s important to point out that Mary E. Pearson is the most underrated author in YA fantasy. And for the life of me, I can’t understand why that is! Her world-building, character development, and plot progression abilities are superb! This was supposed to be a buddy read with Diana, but she went POOF, so...\_(ツ)_/ I’d also like to make note that although this is technically a sep "This was more than an unexpected turn. It was an unchecked slide into hell." 4.5 stars!!! As always, I think that it’s important to point out that Mary E. Pearson is the most underrated author in YA fantasy. And for the life of me, I can’t understand why that is! Her world-building, character development, and plot progression abilities are superb! This was supposed to be a buddy read with Diana, but she went POOF, so...¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’d also like to make note that although this is technically a separate series from the Remnant Chronicles, as is the case with the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, it would be beneficial to read the Remnant Chronicles first (hence, why I’m glad that I re-read the Kiss of Deception and finally finished the remainder of the trilogy beforehand). Thus, you shan’t be spoiled about the past events that are referenced in this book. Also, you’ll have a connection to the familiar faces (Lia, Rafe, etc.) that pop up all over this book…much to my sheer delight!!! It’s very strange seeing Lia (aka one of the absolute best YA protagonists) referred to as “the Queen” and “Her Majesty”, having watched her grow and mature over the course of the Remnant Chronicles. But I love it!!! <3 This book is over 500 pages, but I flew through it SO QUICKLY. I would’ve finished it in one sitting, rather than two, had I not also been reading other books simultaneously, ugh. Mary E. Pearson’s writing just hooks you in! Once she gets her claws into you, you shan’t want to stop reading!!! Unlike the Remnant Chronicles, Dance of Thieves is told from only two POV’s, not three. I’m, personally, a fan of multiple POV’s in this world because the plot gets SO INTENSE that it really helps you to get more invested in the story as you see every angle of the characters’ decision-making. And it helps that the male characters in this world are SO swoon-worthy!!! ;) If you’re not a fan of romance-heavy books, it might interest you to know that unlike the Remnant Chronicles, which were very political-heavy books, a great deal of the plot in this novel is dependent upon the romance. This would’ve been a full 5-star read for me, had it not been for the teeny-weeny amount of instalove in the beginning. As the novel progressed, I did come to love the romance between Kazi and Jase, but initially, their feelings for each other were a bit too sudden and not entirely believable. But not to worry! Like me, I think that you’ll be fully shipping them by the book’s conclusion! :D They were so cute and sweet as a couple, disagreed over everything, and held many secrets from one another, but that only made the story infinitely more addicting! And also, you’ll be reeling from the cliffhanger during the last two pages (I seriously thought that for once I’d have a nice and neat ending), so fair warning. Why must you do this to us, Mary E. Pearson???! How am I to wait an ENTIRE YEAR???! Sniffle, sniffle… :( As for the plot, the gist of it is that Kazi, a former street thief (known by the name of Ten because she still has all of her fingers, having never been caught by the Komizar for her thievery) and a current member of Queen Lia of Venda’s Rahtan is sent to locate General Illarium, who is responsible for the deaths of Lia’s father and brother, and has reportedly sought refuge in Hell’s Mouth. This area, although unrecognised as such, is under the control of the Ballenger family, as the capital of the unofficial “First Kingdom.” Jase, the new Patrei of the Ballenger family, finds himself literally abducted and shackled to Kazi by labour traders, and the plot takes off from there! Jase brings Kazi back to his family as a prisoner, but Kazi isn’t completely opposed to her current situation though, because that’s exactly where she needs to be, in order to conduct her own secret mission for Queen Lia. Betrayals and secrets run amok in this novel and I was riveted from beginning to end! I’d highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys high fantasy worlds, great romance, addictive plots, secret missions, and thieving characters. Mary E. Pearson’s latest book is not one that you want to miss! :D

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

    We were alone, we had each other, and we had a whole wilderness ahead of us. Dance of Thieves was a wish come true. I absolutely loved The Remnant Chronicles, so I was more than happy to read a novel set in the same universe. You can call it capitalism, but I'll read anything that has something to do with my beloved Lia and Rafe. Their special cameo was so satisfying that it almost made me forget about the one and only problem that I had with this book: instalove. Fellow fans of Mary E. Pearson we We were alone, we had each other, and we had a whole wilderness ahead of us. Dance of Thieves was a wish come true. I absolutely loved The Remnant Chronicles, so I was more than happy to read a novel set in the same universe. You can call it capitalism, but I'll read anything that has something to do with my beloved Lia and Rafe. Their special cameo was so satisfying that it almost made me forget about the one and only problem that I had with this book: instalove. Fellow fans of Mary E. Pearson were probably surprised, too. After all, the romantic relationships in The Remnant Chronicles didn't have any trace of frivolity (or impossibility). In other words, Kazi and Jase's love story was a far cry Lia and Rafe's. I knew that I had to avoid making comparisons, but I couldn't help it since the characters came from the same human brain and lived in the same fictional world. The author set the bar so high, so how could I settle for less? xD To be fair, Kazi and Jase's interactions were outstanding in that they made me feel many emotions like happiness, frustration, and surprise. Their banter was often the highlight of the story, and I couldn't get enough of it. I just wished that they hadn't kept so many secrets from each other. They would've spared themselves from a lot of stress! It was funny how their fights effectively demonstrated that open communication could be a matter of life and death sometimes. Moreover, I loved how the author emphasized the importance of personal history. Most of the time, Kazi's and Jase's actions were a result of their respective pasts. Kazi was robbed of her childhood after her mother was taken by a slave trader. Jase, on the other hand, wanted to make up for not being able to save his younger siblings from a deadly fever. Their obsession with the past was saddening, but it was a significant contributor to their character development. By overcoming their traumatic experiences, Kazi and Jase were able to move forward and create a promising future together. In the end, I genuinely enjoyed Dance of Thieves. It had a character-driven story that taught me valuable things about life (i.e. human relationships). If you enjoyed The Remnant Chronicles, you can look forward to another series about the beauty of exposing royal conspiracies and finding love in the process.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zoha

    Set in the universe of Pearson's Remnant Chronicles Are you playing with my emotions, Mary? Are you? ARE YOU???

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    *I received a copy from the publishing house in exchange for an honest review* 4.5 And the award for most underrated ya writer goes to ... Mary E. Pearson, again! If there's one thing I don't get about Goodreads and the Book community in general is why everyone is sitting on this amazing author and her series. Seriously, pick these books up! The plot "Get him and get out. That was our task, and that was it. I told them that we also had the bad timing of being plummeted into the middle of a power war *I received a copy from the publishing house in exchange for an honest review* 4.5 And the award for most underrated ya writer goes to ... Mary E. Pearson, again! If there's one thing I don't get about Goodreads and the Book community in general is why everyone is sitting on this amazing author and her series. Seriously, pick these books up! The plot "Get him and get out. That was our task, and that was it. I told them that we also had the bad timing of being plummeted into the middle of a power war spawned by Karsen Ballenger's death." Our protagonist, Kazi, has been sent by the one and only queen of Venda, Lia (still one of the best ya protagonists out there) to find General Illarium, who we already know (he's the one who betrayed Lia's family and caused the death of her father and brother). Rumor has it he's in Hell's mouth, a city that's supposed to be under Venda's jurisdiction, but that's actually under the control of the Ballenger family. The Ballengers have been fighting for eyes to be recognised as the first kingdom (because they actually are) but they've never been able to and now is a particularly bad time because the last Patrei (the ruler) has just died. Jase, our second protagonist, has just become the new Patrei. A few chapters in, Kazi and Jase find themselves shackled (literally) at the ankles, lol. The protagonists "I like you, Jase Ballenger. I think if you weren't a thief, we might be friends." "And if you didn't whisk out knives and threaten to cut pretty necks, I think we might be friends, too." "Oh, how obsessed you are with your pretty neck." Kazi: she's my favorite. She's a Vendan orphan (now 17) who's had a really tough childhood where she became an incredibly skilled thief. She lived during the Komizar's rule, when thief lost fingers when they were caught. Kazi earned the nickname Ten because she still had all of them. Lia found her and made her part of her personal guard, the Rathvas. She's sassy and strong but also sweet and silly and I loved her friendship with her fellow Rathvas Wren and Synové. Jase: I definitely prefer Kazi but he's good, too. He's 19 and he's the new Patrei, his family means everything to him and even if the Ballegers are a people of thieves that don't follow the other kingdoms's laws, he's a decent person who can clearly see the difference between good and bad. The romance "This was more than just making the best of it, this was something taking root, a seed being planted." I'm gonna be honest, this is a romance-heavy book. That's not a problem for me because I love romance, but some people may find it a bit too much sometimes. And I also know that many are going to say it's instalove-y. I personally don't think so, tho. It's true, there's some immediate attraction but they are in an impossible situation (literally shackled together) so they have to cooperate to survive and not go completely crazy. I found their relationship believable and sweet, the book isn't about the will they won't they, it's about them knowing they have feeling for each other but not trusting the other, and slowly trying to right that lack of trust. The ending I swear all was going perfectly and then the last two page happened. Mary E. Pearson is evil and I need book 2 now.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lily ☁️

    I’m ready for girl power, sneaky thieves, malicious plots, and stabby, underhanded characters!! Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lia (a paper pigeon)

    EXCUSE ME WHILE I HYPERVENTILATE FOR A SECOND

  12. 4 out of 5

    Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    Personal rating: 4.5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Levenseller

    Loved this book! Mary writes such rich worlds and swoony romances. The characters were so easy to relate to, and the plot was fantastic. An all-around great read that I highly recommend!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ann (annreads)

    “What is this, Kazi? I knew what he meant. This. What was this between us? Just what game were we playing? I had wondered too. Because now our kisses were filled with pauses, our gazes filled with more questions instead of fewer. I don’t know, Jase. What do you feel? Your lips, your hands, your heartbeat. No, Kazi, in here, what do you feel in here? His finger stroked a line down the center of my chest. I felt an ache pressing within. A need I couldn’t name. I don’t know. I didn’t want to know. Let me tast “What is this, Kazi? I knew what he meant. This. What was this between us? Just what game were we playing? I had wondered too. Because now our kisses were filled with pauses, our gazes filled with more questions instead of fewer. I don’t know, Jase. What do you feel? Your lips, your hands, your heartbeat. No, Kazi, in here, what do you feel in here? His finger stroked a line down the center of my chest. I felt an ache pressing within. A need I couldn’t name. I don’t know. I didn’t want to know. Let me taste your mouth, I whispered. Don’t make me think.” Crying because this book was absolute PERFECTION and everything I didn’t know I NEEDED IN LIFE😍 *Review to come* 5/5★★★★★

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    I cry every day I don't have this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS AND NOW I'M DYING!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    Without question, this novel was one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I loved the original "Remnant Chronicles" trilogy and was so excited to hear the announcement that the series would be continuing (albeit with different main characters). I wanted more from this world and I wanted more of Mary E. Pearson's writing. I don't think I could be more disappointed to say that I didn't really enjoy this novel and am giving it 2.5 stars. I don't think I went into this novel with overly high e Without question, this novel was one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I loved the original "Remnant Chronicles" trilogy and was so excited to hear the announcement that the series would be continuing (albeit with different main characters). I wanted more from this world and I wanted more of Mary E. Pearson's writing. I don't think I could be more disappointed to say that I didn't really enjoy this novel and am giving it 2.5 stars. I don't think I went into this novel with overly high expectations or was comparing it to my enjoyment to the original trilogy either. It was just not the story for me. First, let me talk about the length of this book. I enjoy and devour big books quite regularly ('I like big books and I cannot lie'). I appreciate big books and the ability to be able to fully immerse yourself in the world, the characters, and the details. However, when a book is unnecessarily long, that is when I have a problem. In my opinion, this book was way too long. Way longer than it needed to be. I found myself losing interest in the story quite regularly because I was just getting...bored. I hate to use that word but it's true. There would be moments that would hook me but then the story would lapse into chapters of filler that didn't need to be there and it took away from the story as a whole. As I read an ARC and have seen that there are less pages in the final copy, I can only hope that some of the unnecessary filler was eliminated. Unfortunately, there were many things that I just did not like about this novel. It was slower paced (to the point of a turtle crawl), I didn't really like the storyline, and I didn't particularly like either of the main characters or their relationship. As I typically mention, I don't need to have 'likeable' characters to enjoy a novel, but for this one the reader was obviously meant to favour these two. The two main points that I did enjoy about this novel was the cameo of certain characters from the original trilogy (I'm not going to say who or the placement in the novel) as it was subtle and done well. This novel doesn't require the original trilogy to be read beforehand but with that cameo, there was a nod to those books and some of the original characters. As well, again I have to be vague to avoid any sort of spoilers, but.....that ending. It was the strongest part of the whole book! I think the ending gives the second novel in this series potential. Many things could happen from this point forward in the story and I am intrigued to see where it goes. I'm desperately hopeful that the next novel turns it around for me and I enjoy this series so much more. ***Thank you to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I couldn't put this book down, which is basically one of the biggest compliments I can give lately. Pearson knows how to write romance, ya'll. It wasn't easy or simple, and it got me right in the heartstrings. If you haven't read the Remnant Chronicles, no worries. This book uses some of the same characters in a minor way, but you can go into this without knowing anything and be totally fine. The only thing I wished for was a book map (always). Although this book is considered fantasy, I will note I couldn't put this book down, which is basically one of the biggest compliments I can give lately. Pearson knows how to write romance, ya'll. It wasn't easy or simple, and it got me right in the heartstrings. If you haven't read the Remnant Chronicles, no worries. This book uses some of the same characters in a minor way, but you can go into this without knowing anything and be totally fine. The only thing I wished for was a book map (always). Although this book is considered fantasy, I will note that any magic/mystical elements were very subtle and not a main focus of the book at all. What you'll get with this story is schemes, battles, conflicting loyalties, strength of character and some swoonworthy moments. The fantasy of the year to beat so far!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    MARY, I LOVE YOU!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaesi Jones

    3.5 Stars I am so thrilled to be back in this world! I’m happy that it’s a whole new story but still has brief mention and appearances of all the characters I loved from the Remnant Chronicles. Ok... The two main characters have quickly become some of my favorites! They are perfectly imperfect! The angst and contempt but utter passion they hold for one another is fantastic! In true Mary E. Pearson fashion, there are betrayals and twists and turns that you’ll never see coming! She is simply a geniu 3.5 Stars I am so thrilled to be back in this world! I’m happy that it’s a whole new story but still has brief mention and appearances of all the characters I loved from the Remnant Chronicles. Ok... The two main characters have quickly become some of my favorites! They are perfectly imperfect! The angst and contempt but utter passion they hold for one another is fantastic! In true Mary E. Pearson fashion, there are betrayals and twists and turns that you’ll never see coming! She is simply a genius when it comes to duping readers and I love to be mislead and surprised! My main issue with this book was the length... I feel like a third of the story could have been left out and nothing from the main plot would have been hindered. It was extremely slow moving in the middle and I almost stopped reading completely a couple times. I am glad I powered through though! If you loved the Remnant Chronicles then you have to dive into this!

  21. 4 out of 5

    G E O R G I A

    So much girl power here 🌼 I'm really surprised for how much I enjoyed this book. Kazi is soft and badass. 💕 Jase's family is cute. Must protect at all costs 🌻

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Yes, love, love, looooved this book! So good from start to finish.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary H

    *heart eye emojis* I'm SO glad Mary & Macmillan teamed up for more books in the world of the kingdoms of the Remnant! I really enjoyed exploring Tor's Watch & Hell's Mouth and seeing this world through the eyes of new characters, but I was also REALLY glad to see some of my favorite characters from TRC in Dance of Thieves. This book packed an emotional punch from PAGE FREAKING TWO, in which we see the grave of one of my favorite TRC characters and honestly that started the roller coaster *heart eye emojis* I'm SO glad Mary & Macmillan teamed up for more books in the world of the kingdoms of the Remnant! I really enjoyed exploring Tor's Watch & Hell's Mouth and seeing this world through the eyes of new characters, but I was also REALLY glad to see some of my favorite characters from TRC in Dance of Thieves. This book packed an emotional punch from PAGE FREAKING TWO, in which we see the grave of one of my favorite TRC characters and honestly that started the roller coaster of emotions. Mary didn't pull her punches as Dance of Thieves continues to show the consequences, both good and bad, of the events of TRC, especially the Big Thing That Happened in Beauty of Darkness. But there's also really sweet moments: the Ballenger family is honestly super adorable and precious and I love them and they must be protected at all costs, and the romance between Kazi & Jase is just SO sweet (complicated, yes, but sweet). The effect of all this is that one second I was crying so hard I couldn't see and the next I was swooning or giggling or smiling so hard my face hurt. If you haven't read The Remnant Chronicles, you absolutely can read Dance of Thieves (although I personally recommend you read TRC because they're awesome)! It's set in a new place and populated for the most part with all brand new characters. There are a lot of references to the events of Beauty of Darkness in particular (such as The Big Thing That Happened), and the bad guy is the bad guy because of things he did in TRC, but if you haven't read it, you'll pick up on it quickly. I mean... it was A Really Big Thing, and the bad guy is a Very Bad Guy (honestly, fuck that dude). But Dance of Thieves has its own story going on. Kazi is hunting down the bad guy because of his crimes, BUT there's clearly a larger mystery at work, and I think Vow of Thieves is going to take a sharp turn from Dance of Thieves & TRC to explore the shady things going on up in Tor's Watch. I'm absolutely hooked by this world and its characters, and I am D Y I N G for Vow of Thieves! Pre-release: Release date: August 2018. WHY SO FAR AWAY??? *brb crying forever and also hoping for a time machine* GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    8/28/18 Can anyone tell me if I have to have read the Remnant Chronicles to read this book? - I did not even read the other series yet, but that matters not! This book sounds so promising, what with thieves and outlaws, I really hope its good! The cover is pretty meh, but it's certainly not the worse I've ever seen so it's fine lol

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    This review can also be found here! Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy! DNF at 41% I think the first thing you’ll notice is the lack of trigger warnings at the start of this. That’s because, despite getting nearly 50% into this book, I had no clue what was going on and what the importance of it was. Now, I didn’t read Pearson’s Remnant series. I think that bit me in the ass with this one. It felt like I was missing something important. Like there was something that happened that I didn’t know This review can also be found here! Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy! DNF at 41% I think the first thing you’ll notice is the lack of trigger warnings at the start of this. That’s because, despite getting nearly 50% into this book, I had no clue what was going on and what the importance of it was. Now, I didn’t read Pearson’s Remnant series. I think that bit me in the ass with this one. It felt like I was missing something important. Like there was something that happened that I didn’t know about. Basically, it felt like my reaction to Six of Crows. Bardugo isn’t my author. Her Grisha trilogy didn’t work for me, then Six of Crows was annoying because the world was already developed and familiar to her many fans. So it wasn’t explained to us newbies. At least, I didn’t feel that way. And, much like that book as well, it didn’t seem to have a plot? I couldn’t exactly tell you what the plot was. Just that these two rivals (? maybe??) who get into a bad situation and make the best of it. With a lot of random lust and feelings and things that just didn’t feel right. For me, it felt like a half-finished book. It has an interesting idea. The writing is fantastic. I could have finished it and given a review that probably sounded a lot like this, but more information since I would have finished it. But did I care about the plot that may or may not have been there or the characters who didn’t stand out to me very much or the world that was a mystery to me? Not really. So, a big old DNF. I think that if you’ve read the Remnant series, you’ll really like this! However, I didn’t read it. If I had, I probably would have enjoyed this. Maybe one day I’ll update this review if I decide to read the previous series and give it a glowing review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (APCB Reviews)

    Absolutely LOVED this book. New addition to my favorites list. Full review to come.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Ugh! So🙌damn🙌good🙌 it's just like the vibes of Remnant Chronicles and the details thrown in about the world from the trilogy just hit me in the feels! Ugh I need the sequel!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    There’s a special word I reserve for books such as this. And that is: Bakwaas. It’s Urdu for ‘rubbish’ or ‘garbage’ only ten times sassier and meaner. If the last 200 pages (of this 700 page book) hadn’t been as redeeming as they were, I would have said this with considerably more venom and rage. As it is, I’m only feeling irritated at the moment. Let me get the good out first because it’s short. A)The writing was great and B) the last 200 pages were fast-paced, happening and provoked a certain m There’s a special word I reserve for books such as this. And that is: Bakwaas. It’s Urdu for ‘rubbish’ or ‘garbage’ only ten times sassier and meaner. If the last 200 pages (of this 700 page book) hadn’t been as redeeming as they were, I would have said this with considerably more venom and rage. As it is, I’m only feeling irritated at the moment. Let me get the good out first because it’s short. A)The writing was great and B) the last 200 pages were fast-paced, happening and provoked a certain measure of excitement. The End. The rest? … The rest was terrible. The Remnant Chronicles was a good series. I remember enjoying all three books greatly but even then there were problems, ignorable at first but they became steadily bigger with each book. What I constantly hated and consistently complained about in this trilogy was the world-building. I was extremely displeased and pissed to note that it remains as dreadful as ever, if not worse. I want to quote myself here so bad but that would only make this review longer and more skimmable and I don’t want that but feel free to read my reviews for the original trilogy. You’ll find me voicing this concern again and again. Like, WHAT EVEN IS THE DEAL? The world-building was so bakwaas, the supposedly deep and rich (gag) history was so foggy and ambiguous all the time I wanted to kill something with my bare hands. It was ill-defined and unclear, exactly like it was in the trilogy. There’s talk of ghosts and gods and stars but just when you think you’ll get something of substance regarding these things, they’re either shrugged off, ignored or written off as ‘gut-feelings’. Understand what I’m saying? The writer is persistently undermining her own efforts to define this world. It’s so hard to take the talk of things like ‘magic’ seriously when you’re told to ‘look for the magic in little things’ and ‘It’s all around you’ and ‘It’s in the way people talk’ and NO SHIT. THAT IS STUPID. Then there is the fact that in this book you’re figuratively dropped in the middle of an ocean. You have no idea where you are and no sense of how much time has passed. Finding a correlation between this book and the previous ones was difficult, it took me a good chunk of the book to reorient myself and realize how far ahead this one is set from the last one. And the worst part is you’re just expected to go with the flow. NO, BRO, I DON’T THINK SO. It’s downright frustrating how completely different the history becomes in this book compared with the one told in the Remnant Chronicles. In terms of extreme lameness, however, they are pretty much the same. Not to mention, the entire time I felt that I was missing something, that there was a part in the middle that was missing? I don’t remember a lot from the previous books but weren’t they about a dude called the Komizar? And Lia fighting him? Now, six years later (or what I think is six years) the heroine, Kazi, is sent to apprehend a fugitive, a war criminal from the Great Battle from six years ago. Right. Since I remembered nothing I kept thinking there was some battle after the trilogy and this book was set after that. Now I think this super terrible battle must have been that one after all. Whatever. The point is, a little summarization, a little trip down memory lane would have worked wonders instead of this. I scoffed nice and loud (internally) when we got to know the Bellangers. You know, the very first people after the earth was destroyed by ze gods and the a Remnant of ze Ancients fled and were chased by ze Scavengers or some shit. They were the first people, not Morrighan and her people. I’m sure in the next book we’d discover that there’s some other clan who was actually the first. The very first first. The firstest of them all. BLAH. And now, may I present, what you’ve all been waiting for: the romance. The long and short of this was that the hero and heroine met after the first 100 or so pages. They hated each other for the next 10 and fell in love within the next 15. By page 150, as a loose estimate, they had seen deep into each other’s souls and discovered a yearning they hadn’t known in their long (17 year old) lives. How trite. ¾ of this book is pages and pages of nothingness and about as fun as passing a kidney stone. I have no idea what this is actually like (thank God) but I’m aware that it’s painful and probably not in the TOP 10 THINGS YOU MUST DO BEFORE YOU DIE list. The last act was the saving grace because I was just about to hurl. Like literally, THIS close. I’ve been unimpressed and disappointed to the very depths of my soul. Have a great day.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cassie O. | Lost In Tomes

    Note: While this story stands on its own. It does contain some mini-spoilers for the original Remnant Chronicles. If you are planning on ever reading those I would start there first. There is a particularly fun twist in book one of that series that will be ruined for you if you start with Dance of Thieves. --Short Spoiler-Free Review-- Bless you Mary Pearson for giving us an angsty romance that doesn't feel abusive at any point. I really loved this! Jase and Kazi were a treat! We have some truly a Note: While this story stands on its own. It does contain some mini-spoilers for the original Remnant Chronicles. If you are planning on ever reading those I would start there first. There is a particularly fun twist in book one of that series that will be ruined for you if you start with Dance of Thieves. --Short Spoiler-Free Review-- Bless you Mary Pearson for giving us an angsty romance that doesn't feel abusive at any point. I really loved this! Jase and Kazi were a treat! We have some truly amazing character development in this. The banter was funny and playful, it really helped keep the story flowing. I attended an author signing where she mentioned this story was based on the idea behind what would happen if two enemies were locked in a room together. Would they kill each other or learn to get along? I love seeing how things unfold and the positive message that comes alongside it. It was so much fun to be back in this world and I enjoyed all the Easter eggs/cameos from the first trilogy. This book doesn't feel quite as "fantasy" as TRC did, however there's enough hints of magic and classic Pearson twists/deception that I didn't mind at all. The story was a little slow moving in some parts, largely due to the length of it but it's headed in a great direction. There's a heavy focus on romance but with a bigger plot looming over it all. (Which I actually prefer but may be off-putting to some.) I am very happy with where the story leaves off and I think there are lots of surprises ahead of us in book 2. Overall one of my favorite fantasy reads of the year so far. Recommend for fans of: - Enemies to Lovers Romances - A Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - Powerful Female Characters - Rags to Riches Stories

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Oh I love Ms Pearson's writing. She has such talent for building worlds with unforgettable characters. The characters are well developed, complex and vulnerable. Just the way I like them. The words are spun so visually reading them is like watching a movie. Thrilling, edge of my seat action, heartbreak, romance, and some fun. This book follows in the world of The Remnant Chronicles, the author's previous series which loved. Some years have passed, and there are a few crossover characters. The her Oh I love Ms Pearson's writing. She has such talent for building worlds with unforgettable characters. The characters are well developed, complex and vulnerable. Just the way I like them. The words are spun so visually reading them is like watching a movie. Thrilling, edge of my seat action, heartbreak, romance, and some fun. This book follows in the world of The Remnant Chronicles, the author's previous series which loved. Some years have passed, and there are a few crossover characters. The heroine, is a elite guard for the Queen, who has a vary sorted, sad past. She struggles with her demons while trying to keep her promises to her queen. The male lead is a strong, honest man who is thrust into his role as head of a country when his father suddenly dies. She expresses her superiority in a public way and he tries to teach her a lesson that backfires on them both. They find themselves chained together as slaves, the sparks fly hot and mistrusting. being chain together, needing each other can bring two together or scar them forever. The beginning of tale has just begun at this point, it goes so much farther. I can not wait to see where these characters go in the next book. Thank You NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company for the review copy

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