#BookSpotlight | Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves #1)
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on August 7th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 508
Format: Hardcover | Audiobook | e-Book

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.


Crowning Moments

  • You don’t have to read the first series
    • What’s great about this new start to an existing world, is that no past reading/knowledge is required. Although I would highly recommend it because the first series was AWESOME, it is still not necessary to the main plot of this one. You might miss the reappearance of fan favorite characters, but there is many more new and exciting pieces to this story to enjoy!
  • The Swoon-worthy romance
    • Who doesn’t love a good hate to love relationship scenario? I for one am totally on board with this romance trope and that is exactly what we get. Two characters that are on opposite sides of the political border with vastly different sets of values come together in dire circumstance and build a beautiful romance!
  • Compelling MC
    • I won’t lie to you. I might have liked Kazi more than Lia from the first series. She was much more of a badass and her backstory was heart breaking to read. I do feel like she carried the story and made it worth reading in the character aspect. Perfect for fans of strong heroines that fight their own battles and solve their own problems!
  • Strong familial bonds
    • On the other character spectrum we have Jase and his HUGE family. His clan going back generations upon generations, to beginning of their history. I love how all the siblings look out for one another with each other’s best interest at heart, even if it feels like the wrong decision. 
  • Vast world building / scenery 
    • If you have read the first series in this world, then you are quite familiar with Pearson’s writing style. So you know you are in for a lot of world building with vast scenery descriptions making you feel like you’re right there with the characters. With that said, to some light fantasy readers this might seem boring and dry to them, but to more seasoned genre readers, it is a great experience for your imaginations!

Have you read Dance of Thieves? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them!

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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

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