Review – Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

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Title Dance of Thieves

Author Mary E. Pearson

Description from Amazon

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.

Initial Thoughts

Since this is a spin-off of The Remnant Chronicles series, reading Dance of Thieves was a no-brainer.  I loved The Remnant Chronicles.  Mary E. Pearson created a world that had a semi-dystopian back story with the characteristics of an almost medieval time period.  As you might know by now, I am also a huge fan of alternating first person narrative and not only does Dance of Thieves have that, it’s with new characters that we haven’t met from the Remnant.  Overall, I was very excited to read this.  So excited, I actually semi-accidentally bought three copies of this book (as pictured above).

Cover Art

😍 That cover is stunning.  The picture really doesn’t do it justice.  It has gold accents and what a crazy cool design.  Definitely shelf art.

Favorite Part

I was so happy to read a spin-off.  When I read a novel, especially a trilogy, I become pretty heavily invested in the story.  It really can’t be helped.  I must have some kind of attachment to the world if I am willing to read three books about it.  So, I definitely appreciate that this is a continuation of something I already value greatly.

I thought the minor characters were spin-off worthy in their own right.  I could easily see more stories with Wren, Synové, and Jase’s brothers kicking asses and taking names around the Remnant world.

Final Thoughts

I CAN’T WAIT FOR Vow of Thieves coming out this August (specifically August 6, 2019).

You can definitely read this book if you haven’t read The Remnant Chronicles and still enjoy it.  But, my advice is to definitely read those books first.  It makes all of the references to “the Queen” so much better.

This book is easily in my top five for 2019.

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Rook by Sharon Cameron – I like the semi-dystopian set up in Dance of Thieves and there is a similar world and back story in Rook.  I also liked that there was one central couple in each story (it’s almost too much when everyone ends up perfectly paired off in the end of a book).
  • Morrighan, The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and The Beauty of Darkness (a.k.a. The Remnant Chronicles) – definitely read these.  Although I recommend reading them first, they are still totally enjoyable reads after you finish Dance of Thieves.
  • Ever the Hunted, Ever the Brave, and Once a King by Erin Summerill – if you enjoyed the alternating POV narration and the setting, give this series a try.  Ever the Hunted and Ever the Brave are a duology and Once a King is a spin-off about a character we meet in Ever the Brave.


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