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Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1) by Mary E. Pearson

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Title: Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

For those of you who have read the Remnant Chronicles, this novel is set in the same universe. And for those of you who have not (like me), you don’t need to have read them to get into this book!

Each victory would get me through another day, and that was another trick of surviving in Venda. Make it one more day. Die tomorrow was another one of my rules.

Kazi, a street thief in Venda, is now part of Lia’s Rahtan. Jase, now Patrei, is the ruler of the Ballenger empire after the death of his father. By fate, they meet while being chained together after being kidnapped by labor hunters. While pretending (or not) to be a couple, Jase tricks Kazi into “meeting his family”, but Kazi has some tricks up her sleeve, as well.

Every exchange of words between Jase and me seemed like a dance, a step forward, a step back, circling, both of us leading, anticipating, wondering what the next move would be.

Despite the secrets Kazi and Jase keep from one another, can their love flourish? Will they fight the war on the same side or against each other? Will we ever meet the Queen? Whose deceitfulness will overcome the other? At what cost?

Guard your heart, Patrei. I see a knife hovering, ready to cut it out.

I had a hard time “believing” the love story between Kazi and Jase. If someone lied to me about one of my life goals, he would be kicked to the street so fast! And that goes both ways. Also, for Jase’s family to be so convinced almost right away, just didn’t seem believable. Then again, I’m more of a realist, I guess, and wish they left love out of the equation most times.

I was so excited to receive an ARC of this novel since the author is well-known and the premise seemed right up my alley. Reading the title, I instantly thought of “A Dance With Dragons” for whatever reason and it made me even more excited. For whatever reason, I just could not get into this novel. Maybe it was because I never read any of the Remnant Chronicles, I’m not sure. The pace was too slow for me, I think. However, the pace started to quicken during the end and I found myself wanting more…I just wish it would’ve happened a lot faster throughout the novel. I can definitely see a lot of people enjoying this novel, it just wasn’t for me!

You’ve infected me with a poison that I don’t want to flush out.

The expected publication date is August 7, 2018.

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