Title: Dance of Thieves
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Publisher Info / Release: Henry Holt and Co| August 7, 2018
Source: Purchased Finished Copy
Rating: 5/5 *’s
A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations.
A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power.
Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen’s premier guard.
A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself.
A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.
When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
The Remnant Chronicles
The Beauty of Darkness
The Heart of Betrayal
The Kiss of Deception
—If you have not read The Remnant Chronicles, there will be slight spoilers in this duology.–
I adored the Remnant world when I first read Lia’s story with Rafe but now I’m even more in love with his universe. Meeting Kazi and Jase along with them working together to survive was so much fun to read – the snark, the quips, the riddles…and as it’s said in the history snippets, it really all started with the stars.
Kazi was a thief in Venda before Queen Lia took the city under her wing then turned to Rahtan – a member of the queen’s guard. Once she’s an established member, she’s sent to find someone the queen wants, another thing to steal.
Jase is introduced as he loses his father and ultimately begins his reign as Patrei – the leader of their designated area.
The two have a rather rough beginning but then we get to watch as they reach a turning point where they start to trust each other when the need to survive is much stronger than the hatred they feel. And through a series of unfortunate events, the lies build up until there is a blowout. From there, the stakes are higher and it makes the last few chapters fly because you want to know what will happen to the characters.
As much as this story is about Kazi, Jase and the world beyond our three main kingdoms, I was relieved to get some much needed closure on Lia and Rafe from the Remnant Chronicles. It was one series that I had felt was too open ended but having all these wonderful characters in one room was really nice.
Definitely check this out if you loved The Kiss of Deception. You’ll fall in love with Mary’s words.