REVIEW: Dance of Thieves & Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Updated: Feb 15
Dance of Thieves:
Set in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles, six years after the last book, the queen of Venda, Queen Jezelia, sends her three top soldiers to hunt down a war criminal. Enter Kazi, a former street rat and thief of Venda. According to whispers, the war criminal may be hiding at Tor’s watch where the Ballenger Dynasty rules over the land. As such, they must go in under false pretences and find out if the Ballengers have any involvement with the criminal. Enter our other main character, Jase Ballenger. His father has recently passed away leaving Jase in charge of the land and the family, as he is now the man of the house. Tor’s watch is politically unrecognised as the land of the Ballengers by the rest of the Kingdom.
Our two main characters meet when Kazi holds a knife to Jase’s throat whilst not realising who he is. Once she goes to apologise to him, they are both kidnapped. Eventually, they escape by using their cunning skills and working together and now they are stuck together. Because they are stuck together they have a hate/love relationship where they depend on each other but also hate each other and constantly bicker. This relationship eventually becomes more love than hate and a lot of things get steamier whilst they are also keeping secrets from each other about their true intentions.
I loved Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles so when I heard about this book, I was so excited and then it fell off my radar. I was then searching for books to read in November and found this once again. Pearson can spin a web of words and made me feel so many emotions for love to lust to just being plain annoyed when Jase and Kazi can’t admit their feelings to each other and I just want them so smush. Pearson writes YA Fantasy so well and I can’t wait to read more of her books.
3 out of 5 stars.
Vow of Thieves:
In the previous book, we followed Kazi and Jase through their trials and tribulations. At the end of the book, Jase was granted permissions from the Queen of Venda to become a fully-fledged kingdom that is recognised by others politically. Whilst on their way back to Tor’s watch, they enjoy a bit of time alone together with a bit of steamy hot sex. They have good news for his family but alas that is not to be. The King of the next kingdom has taken their land whilst Jase is away. Now Jase and Kazi must battle their way through schemes and secrets. Through events that occur, they are separated and unsure about whether the other is alive.
Mary E. Pearson’s writing is truly astonishing and captivates the audience. She knows how to write loops around you and finish it off with a bow. Her writing makes for wonderful stories that can mesmerize people of all ages. She developed a world that readers can enjoy throughout her books. She started with the Remnant chronicles and finishes this story with the Vow of Thieves. I hope that she continues to write within this world as both series have been ones that I have enjoyed.
3 out of 5 stars