Title: Dance of thieves.
Author: Mary E Pearson.
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company.
Page count: 505.
Release day: August 7th 2018.
Genre: YA, fantasy.
Rating: 2.5 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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
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.
It took me quite a while to pick this one up, since I really enjoyed the beginning of the remnant chronicles but wasn’t a huge fan of the ending of the series. So I wasn’t really sure what direction this duology would take.
To me this book and the remnant chronicles didn’t feel that related to each other. Maybe it is because I kinda forgot how the series ended, but I’m pretty sure you do not need to have read that trilogy before reading this duology. I know there were some names mentioned that I should have been familiar with.
But now more into the story. I really enjoyed the start, were Kazi was this strong soldier, going on a mission for her queen. I was really excited and wanted to continue, but then after like 50 pages the insta love started.. And I don’t think it was well done. Her mission was to find out more about this family, that says owns land, but the queen doesn’t agree. And of course she falls in love with the leader of that family.. It really sounded like she immediately forgot about her mission and just wanted to be with Jase (the leader of the family) and help him, even though she was supposed to hate him?! And then around page 400 the mission came back, as if the author only then remembered that she started a plot in the beginning of the book.
Also after the first time they kissed she started thinking about sex, and that she didn’t have the resources for doing it safely?! Girl you’ve just been kidnapped and are chained to the guy you apparently love but are supposed to hate. Maybe solve that problem first?!
I’m now only talking about one of the main characters, but Jase was the same. He started liking Kazi without really any reason?
BUT after all this negativity, for some reason I’m still curious to the sequel?! I don’t even know why, I guess I’m curious to where to plot will go. Even though I’m pretty sure that it will be just as romance heavy, but this time I can mentally prepare myself for it!
So if you want to read this, be aware for the insta love and the fact that it is very romance heavy, and doesn’t really contain any fantasy elements.