The Dance of Thieves
By Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
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Disclaimer: If you are saying to yourself, “Self, I didn’t like Kiss of Deception even though lots of other people loved it. Maybe I’ll try Pearson’s new book.” You are probably not going to like Dance of Thieves because the tone is extremely similar to KOD. It’s long, 460 pages, there’s a journey on foot early on, and there’s lots of story and character development. If you like plot driven story, you are going to think this is slow.
Now on to the review. It’s six years after the big battle and Lia is the Queen of Venda. She has an army called Rahtan and our main character Kazi is a member of that army. Kazi was orphaned at six and grew up as a street rat in the Komizar’s Venda. She found herself in Lia’s army and a loyal servant of the new Queen. There’s a traitor in a nearby settlement and Kazi and her five person crew must infiltrate, locate the traitor, and bring him back to Venda.
Jase is the new leader of his town and his family rules all. When Kazi and the Rahtan come to his town, he wants answers but is soon publicly humiliated by Kazi and wants retribution. Originally at odds, Jase and Kazi find themselves chained together by slavers and must rely on each other for survival.
I’m not going to give a long review but DOT has great character development in Kazi and Jase and Pearson is a beautiful storyteller. The beginning is really strong and I loved Kazi and Jase. Kazi has a heartbreaking history and Jase transforms from a seemingly spoiled brat to a compassionate leader. It did get a bit sappy between the two and I think it dragged a bit in the middle. This book could have been about 50 pages shorter.
If you are a fan of KOD, which I am, I definitely recommend Pearson’s new series.
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