Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them--the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor's Watch will be a kingdom, and Kazi and Jase will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.
But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and they soon find themselves captured in a tangled web of deceit woven by their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies, a place where betrayals run deeper and more deadly than either had thought possible and where timeless ambitions threaten to destroy them both.
Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretending she was a spy with a bagful of amazing gadgets. She was rarely herself. Amazingly, she never broke a bone until she caught a basketball in gym class. Catching real balls was not her forte. These days she continues to live in make-believe worlds she creates in her books. Her latest 2-book series, Dance of Thieves, allows her do all kinds of dangerous things without breaking any bones. So far. You can learn more about Mary and her books at www.marypearson.com
"Vow of Thieves" was my most anticipated release of this year and I wasn't disappointed. It was perfection. Everything that I was expecting and more. The story, the characters, the plot, the writing style, the ROMANCE...it was so good. I don't even have words to describe it. I don't know how I will recover after reading this book because my heart is torn in pieces. Mary E Pearson knows how to write a book. You should definetly go and read it. I guarantee that you'll not regret.
its been a long since ive been so obsessed with a couple. kazi and jace are literally everything i want from main characters. i honestly kept getting aelin and rowan vibes from them in this installement, which made me realise how badly i want a crossover novel!
regardless, i know this duology is one i am going to be rereading many times in the future. this is just one of those stories that really gets everything right. the plot is super engaging, i would die for any of the characters, and the writing feels like breathing.
i sincerely hope MEP writes more series set in this world!
I loved this book. I have absolutely no complaints and I hope that Mary E. Pearson plans to write more books in this fantastic world that she’s created. I’m going to miss Jase and KaziSO MUCH. I stand by my opinion that Pearson is the most underrated author in YA. You're all sleeping on her brilliance and it's a bloody shame. :(
im so overwhelmed with emotions rn. all of them culminating to one, indescribable something. the one that feels like you just walk through the gates of heaven after braving a rollercoaster journey through hell. not that reading this book in any way felt like being in hell. things were just so twisty & turny, intense, violent, and bloody engrossing. the ending had me joyously sobbing.
i know this is such a generic response readers tend to have upon finishing a beloved book. but i spoke of the truth. i felt greedy when i was reading it. like i wanted to know everything asap, and i was racing through it with one sweep of my eyes across the pages. despite all the chaos of emotions i had to juggle during my reading of this book, i want to experience this duology all over again.
“Waiting for someone else to write your history was no way to live. Sometimes it was only a certain way to die.”
I feel sad. And mad. And happy. But mostly sad. This was me throughout this book:
This book was . . . WOW. The beginning was chill and normal, just Kazi and Jase riding their horses and then BOOM. POW. ACTION EVERYWHERE AND THEN it all stops. Just like that. People are gone. People are injured. AND I WAS FREAKING THE HECK OUT.
I was on the edge of my seat for this entire book, waiting for things to happen, waiting for CERTAIN events to occur.
Also, I remembered nothing that happened in the first book. It took me a while to remember who certain characters were, what certain things were, where certain places were. Like all of Jase's siblings, it took me a while to remember who they were, and I feel ashamed.
I also got spoiled for the Remnant Chronicles again, but whatever. I know that Kaden and Pauline are both from that series, and they appear in this book. The fact that I already know what's going to happen in the Kiss of Deception now is kind of making me want to push the book down on my tbr, because the reason I was so interested in that book is because of the plot twist that happens at the end of the first book, but now that I apparently know what happens, I don't feel like I want to read it as much anymore. Who knows, if someone can convince me, I just might be interested in reading it.
Kazi and Jase's love for each other is so real and pure, and I want that so much. Jase and Kazi are so protective over each other, and when Jase was with Kazi in a certain moment, he almost made me cry because he was so protective over her, but they weren't happy tears. Just letting you know.
Also, I think this Montegue guy was a great villain. He's a disgusting pig-headed person, but a good villain.
I actually like all these little flashbacks back to moments with Kazi and Jase, they were so sweet, and I typically enjoy flashbacks in books.
Synové is still hilarious, and still had me laughing.
I also stayed up past midnight to finish this book, something I've never done before, and I'm glad this book was the book, despite the fact that I was very SAD when this book was over.
AND THAT END, I CAN'T EVEN, ESPECIALLY IN THE TEMPLE, I ALMOST CRIED OUT OF HAPPINESS (the second time this has happened!) What Jase said was just YES. INCREDIBLE. AMAZING.
I also ship Mason and Synové. Just saying.
So anyways. I'm going to go and lay in a pool, contemplating everything.
Overall: I love Kazi and Jase, the plot, action, romance, characters, and I'm sad.
“You have not stolen my heart, but I give it freely.”
<><><><><><><><> AAAAAAAAAAAAH I stayed up until past midnight to finish this and I kinda regret it because now it's all over 😭😭
This series really impressed me and blew away all my original expectations! Seriously, sooo much better than The Remnant Chronicles!
✅ A LOT MORE POLITICAL intrigue and scheming happened in this book. It definitely kept me interested to keep reading and see how these characters would get out of all the impossible situations they were thrown in to
❌ MY ONLY COMPLAINT was that Kazi and Jase were separated for way too long 😭 So frustrating! Considering this series is only a duology, I would have definitely liked more time for them to be together in this book
✅ THE PACING WAS GREAT and definitely kept you interested, although I think I liked the plot and storyline of book one better. There were so many twists and I literally screamed and almost threw my kindle at one point because I was so mad at what happened… but don’t worry, there’s definitely a HEA 😅
✅ I LOVED ALL THE CHARACTERS and how everyone came together into this big found family towards the end. It took a while for everyone to finally warm up to each other, but once they did it definitely paid off
Overall, I really loved this series! I do think it is on the mature side of YA but I definitely would not consider it NA or Adult. I definitely would not have minded some spice in the romance lol 😘 If you love fantasy, fast-paced books, great characters and a cute romance then you should definitely read this book!
okay this book 100% makes up for the duology. the first book really didn’t impress me at all (mainly because the romance was so quick and felt forced, they were enemies for barely two chapters—) anyway. the burn, the wait, the longing, all worth it in this book. i loved this so much.
“Waiting for someone else to write your history was no way to live. Sometimes it was only a certain way to die.”
AHAHHHHHHHHH I love love love this book. I had soo much fun reading this. I love it soo much<333 This is one of my favourite series of all time
Plotline Now in love, Jase the Patrei and Kazi the thief return to hell's mouth to bring back peace. But a problem separates them during their journey. Jase now seriously injured and Kazi now a prisoner to a evil king, there seems to be no hope for them to make it out of this safe. Unsure whether the other is alive or dead, Kazi and Jase must keep their wits among their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies. And all the while, Death watches and waits.
“Once upon a time, long long ago, before monsters roamed the earth, all the stars hung quietly in the sky, and great cities of wonder and light reached up to meet them.”
The writing in this book is soo much better than the Remnant Chronicles. It was soo beautiful and absolutely entrancing.I really enjoyed it! The beautiful writing helped keep that magical feeling throughout ahh
Romance I LOVED IT!!!!!!SOOO MUCH Jase and Kazi are super cutee and I love them. Their romance was well built and a healthy relationship.
Jase and Kazi were really great in this book. There's a lot of character development which I adored. I seriously have no idea what to say other than I loved all of them. I loved how brave they both were! They both worked hard to save each other. They were even ready to die for each other. That level of love omg I died
Even though they face problems, they never once whined or never once thought about giving up. They fiercely love their families and I fiercely love them🥺💖
Paxton are u my fav character????He is definitely in the top with Jase. why do I love ehim? Oh bcz he is a cinnamon roll<3 He seem all tough but we know he will melt if he sees Synove Speaking of Wren and Synove these gals omg! They are so awesomeeeee
I absolutely adore Jase's family<3
The last scene was epic! Rafe, Kaden, Pauline, Lia, Kazi, Jase nd the others<3 The final dinner scene was everything. Je t'aime<33 I felt super emotional in the scene
Yess I amm
Average rating fr the series : 4.90 / 5 stars y'all
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4,5⭐️! Ein runder Abschluss einer großartigen Dilogie, die ich nur empfehlen kann! Nachdem Band 1 in der Liebesgeschichte schon recht abgeschlossen war, blieb bei mir eine Skepsis, ob ein zweiter Band überhaupt spannend umsetzbar ist, ohne etablierte Beziehungen zu zerstören. Doch dieses Problem umgeht "Der Ruf der Rache" völlig. Stattdessen gibt der Band den Protagonisten die Möglichkeit, sich individuell weiterzuentwickeln und auf dem Weg ihre Liebe zu festigen. Mittlerweile habe ich das Gefühl, alle Charaktere, ihre Motive und Hintergründe zu kennen. Besonders Jase und die Einblicke in seine Gedankenwelt mit all den vielschichtigen Erwartungen, die er erfüllen muss, haben mir extrem gut gefallen. Durch ständige kleine Enthüllungen und Spannungsmomente blieb das Buch durchgehend fesselnd. Zu Teilen erinnern die Bücher und Charaktere an eine "Das Lied der Krähen"-Dynamik, was ich insgesamt unfassbar gerne gelesen habe😍! Grundsätzlich schreibt die Autorin wunderbar bildhaft und detailliert, sodass die Szenerie lebendig wird. Hoffe ganz bald mehr von Mary E Pearson zu lesen🥰
After reading and devouring Dance of Thieves, I started Vow as soon as I got it in my greedy hands.
I love love love Kazi and Jase. I love how they’re strong on their own, but even better and stronger together. I love their banter and sweet swoons and basically everything between them.
Plot wise, man...I wasn’t ready at all. This is a roller coaster of kissing and fighting and stabbing and explosions and treachery. Throw in a couple of surprising reveals and character appearances and I didn’t know what to do with myself.
Overall, it was a phenomenal story that was equal parts maddening and satisfying. Huge thanks to Mary for these amazing books.
**Huge thanks to Henry Holt for providing the arc free of charge**
(disclaimer: I went through a literal reading slump after having read one page of this book because my silly goofy brain didn’t want to read (not the books fault at all, only my brains!) (--_--), so in reality the date read should be like dec 23, 2022- dec 31, 2022)
this book was actually so incredible, I truly loved every second of it! I felt a bundle of emotions with this book, I felt sad, mad, worried, shocked, and happy, but mostly happy (´◡`). besides going through an unnecessary and lame slump because of my brain, I couldn’t put this book down. the whole universe this series takes place in is so interesting and just enjoyable, you really feel like you’re there. this was a great end to the duology, I’ll admit after the first book I had no idea what the second book would hold, and let me tell you, there are plot twists and surprises that had my heart racing and just so many twists and turns, I loved it! I love the way mary e. pearson writes, it’s so detailed yet not overwhelming, it’s simple yet holds so much, it just has me entranced with every word. hands down one of the best fantasy series I’ve read :D. I love kazi and jase, (def a fav couple of mine now) their love story was beautiful and made me want to sob at times I’ll admit- what a great read and finish for this duology, 5/5 for this book and overall 5/5 for the duology!
“Who will write our story, Jase?” “We will, Kazi. You and I will write our own story.”
Sometimes you need to own one whole day. Maybe that’s what makes you brave enough to face another.”
Everything about this series is perfection. The story, the writing, the quotes, the characters, the action, the romance, I absolutely loved it all. I have no words to describe how I felt reading this, it was like the world disappeared as I was immersed in the pages. It was truly exquisite, and it became one of my favorite series.
This book made up for the few problems I had with the first one, such as the lack of action-packed scenes and the confusing worldbuilding. It was very fast-paced, unlike the beginning of the first book, and the characters couldn’t catch a break, which made it more exciting and heart-breaking at the same time. The characters were very real and genuine, and they all have a special place in my heart. The writing was extremely entrancing and magical. The way the author told their story made me feel connected with them.
“'Who will write our story, Jase?' 'We will, Kazi. You and I will write our own story.' And side by side, every day, that is what we do.”
The romance between Kazi and Jase was so pure, touching, and beautiful. The way they are written is brilliant, two of the best main characters I’ve ever seen.
“Kazi of Brightmist … you are the love I didn’t know I needed.”
Reading this was a rollercoaster of emotions but it was so worth it. I’m glad they had their happy ending, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with a sequel like I am with this one. I will cherish this duology forever.
It wasn’t quite as enthralling or impressive as the first book. The writing is still good and the plot twists are pretty surprising. I still love Kazi and Jase just as much as in the first book.
However, I realized there isn’t a single LGBTQ+ character in the whole series. *stares off into the distance, shaking my head slowly*. It’s kind of disappointing, honestly. Everyone’s straight, cis, and white, which is just… not it for 2022.
Honestly, this was such a nice ending to this duology. Even though I'm sad, because I just wish I could hold onto the Ballengers and Torfeste a little longer. I love the Ballengers, they are freaking cool 😎. Not to mention Kazi and Jase, who are THE couple, ladies and gentlemen. I liked the tension between them and the enemies to lovers trope in Dance of Thieves a 🤏 bit more, but I can't complain about the She's my wife trope we got in this book xD.
I'm not even going to talk about Montegue and all the other little assholes. I mean haha they don't deserve this review and don't count in the end of the day anyways. (imagine an evil *hehe* from me here)
I will miss this world A LOT, but fortunately I can revisit it whenever I want, which makes this goodbye a bit easier <3
Hmm, it was a solid sequel. The writing style felt like breathing, it was so natural I forgot I was reading. But, and there is a “but” here, the build up was way too long for my preference. The main characters were separated for nearly the whole book, but the constant action made it bearable. I’d like to reread these books again in the future, if I’m up to it.
Me finishing the last couple of chapters of this heart breaking book.
Not only did Mary Pearson give me an advanced reader's copy at YALLWEST, she did it with the intention of breaking my heart, because that's exactly what this book did. IT BROKE MY HEART.
Why was this book so precious? Well let's count the ways, shall we?
1. The writing 2. The beautiful OTPs 3. The powerful, strong, independent heroines 4. Those fight scenes (my God they were amazingly written) 5. The fact that she brought back all my precious characters from Lia's story making me sob uncontrollably 6. JUST EVERYTHING
Mary Pearson's writing never gets old. It always manages to entrap, fascinate, and captivate me to the point where my whole life is centered around finishing her books. Don't believe me? Well I started Vow of Thieves around 6 o clock today, and am now writing this emotional review at 2 in the morning
Mary created the perfect ending, and even though it hearts my heart to say good-bye to my favorite characters, I can say they inspired me so much, and I will never forget the messages they conveyed. They will be forever imprinted on my heart.
So my advice to my fellow adventure/fantasy novel lovers is to pick Mary's books up, or regret it for the rest of your life. You will feel inspired my her amazing heroines, while also resigning yourself to the fact that you will die alone because you will never find someone as good as her heros.
I’m being completely honest when I say Mary E. Pearson is one of the most underrated authors who deserve 10x the recognition she is currently receiving. Both Dance of Thieves and Vow of Thieves were both artfully thought out and I genuinely can not describe how amazing Pearson’s writing skills are. Everything to the plot from the characters were perfect. Aspiring authors and let's be honest, everyone should read this book - it will blow you away with its brilliance.
I love reading, and this is why. This book and books like it are why. How can such a beautiful and enrapturing story that's so filled with life and color be contained within this little thing, filled with paper of black and white? This story, it just came alive. The people, the place, all of it. I was there. This is why I read.
The love between Kazi and Jase was so alive and real. You could feel it, hear it, see it in everything they said and did, and I loved that .
This book also reminded me of how much I love Kaden. In love triangle situations, my ships always end up sinking, but I was finally okay with that in this book. Everyone was happy, truly happy, and you can tell that they're all where they're meant to be. Lia, Rafe, Kaden, Pauline. Now, this book 1000%, absolutely made me feel an urgent need to go back and reread the Remnant Chronicles books, and I might change my feelings back once I'm in the grips of their lives and their stories, but for now, I'm satisfied. And then whenever I think back on this book, I can always remember that they're happy as they are, and that their lives all worked out for the best.
At the end there, I got a bit of an inkling that this may have been dystopian. I could be totally off, but isn't it a bit odd and too coincidental that the title of president would have popped up again? So my idea is that maybe the Ancient Ones were us, but way in the future, and their falling was some sort of disaster, perhaps one of their own making. I was thinking that maybe it was nuclear, but not quite nuclear as we know it. So then the scavengers could have been all crazed because of radiation poisoning. And the dust from the stars could have been some remnant of that nuclear power. I know that's all a bit far fetched, but it's interesting to think about.
I don't exactly know how Mary E. Pearson draws out her stories to be so long, but I love it. I've said it before, but there could have been 500 more pages to this book, and I still would have loved every second. Because I was living it. I was apart of their lives, their world. I thoroughly and completely fell into Tor's Watch, and I love that. I love the immersiveness of it all. The vivid lives and colors. This author is a master storyteller who is able to weave the reader into the story itself, and I'm so grateful that I got to experience that for a little while.
So thank you Mary E. Pearson. Thank you for writing this world, this entire life that I got to be apart of.
Reread 2022 Once again, this book was amazing. Did not dissapoint. Coming off of rereading The Remnant Chronicles, all the characters at the end meant so much more to me than they did the first read, and I just love them all so much.
Especially Kaden!! He was the star of this whole book for the half a page he was there. Literally my favorite character and I'm just SO happy for him and his beautiful family. It couldn't have worked out better.❤️❤️❤️
Also Jase and Kazi's story still had me screeching and shaking and laughing and dying, even though I knew what would happen, and THAT is the sign of a good story. I just love this world!
I was not a big fan of the first instalment of this series, but after seeing tons of rave reviews for this I decided to give it a chance. I had higher hopes for this, as I was hoping it would seem less romance focussed - and it was!
Overall, Vow of Thieves was a really enjoyable read, and it was nice to see some character growth! While I still had some trouble connecting with the characters, and the romance still felt not quite organic to me to me, both Kazi and Jase seemed to be less juvenile and more developed in this instalment!
However, I still found the world-building a little patchy (although much better than in the first instalment), and the language was a little overly descriptive.
Wow, what a book. I actually preferred it to the first one. It had alot more action, and the theme of 'family bond' was really strong in this. I kinda wish this was a trilogy because i'm gonna miss the characters! 😭
Honestly, more books should have positive family relationships.
It’s been almost an year since I read and adored Dance of Thieves and I have been eagerly waiting to know what’s going happen next in the story of Kazi and Jase. And I’m so happy to be back in the Remnant universe to finish this amazing duology.
I have been in awe of Mary’s writing since the beginning of The Kiss of Deception and one of the main reasons is the masterful world building. The way the author describes the journey the characters take across different landscapes and the various hiding places across Tor’s Watch, I could totally imagine them all in my head and feel myself being a part of it all. Even though all the previous books have always been a bit slow paced and this book is pretty consistent with them, I guess I was too excited to get to the end and didn’t have the patience for the pace. There are a lot of conversations and descriptions which I might be more interested in when I reread this book at my leisure, but I just wanted everything to happen quickly and had to quash my urge to skim read. Despite being the ending of the duology and beginning with that awful cliffhanger from the previous book, I expected this to be much more action packed than it turned out to be - which wasn’t exactly disappointing but I guess it would have been more exciting to see Kazi to show off her Rahtan skills. However, this one turned out to be more contemplative and mostly about how much our characters can endure and what will they do to survive, thanks to which we get to know them way more deeply.
Kazi was a formidable character in the first book but we get to see even more of her strength and survival skills in this one. As an orphan who has never had a family, seeing her transform into someone who cares about Jase’s family was wonderful. And the conviction it takes to go on when surrounded by enemies and not knowing if any friends of hers are alive is very evident in the book and I really appreciated that. My one little gripe though was that a lot of Kazi’s predicament in this book felt similar to that of Lia in The Heart of Betrayal, so I found it a bit predictable and repetitive. Jase on the other hand evolves a lot from not trusting anyone except his blood family to implicitly believing in Kazi, even when it looks otherwise. It was also interesting to see him form bonds with others and learn to work together with them because he is isolated from everyone of his family. Even though both Kazi and Jase are separated for most of the story, their love is the glue that holds it all together, keeping them alive with hope for a better tomorrow.
While I liked watching other side characters we met in the first book like Synové, Wren, Priya, Paxton, Gunner and the other members of the Ballenger clan, the ones who left the most impact were the unexpected villains in this one. I don’t want to mention their names in case they are spoilery, but the main antagonist is cruel, calculating, ambitious and it was so fascinating to see how he planned out everything for years to arrive at the present day. Again though, he felt too similar to the Komizar (even Kazi agrees) and I would have liked if he was a bit different. The others who support him range from ambitious loyalists to plain opportunists, and all of their motivations and actions in various situations made for amazing reading. And how can I not mention that the author fulfilled my wish of seeing cameos of my favorite characters from the original trilogy again and it was all I could have asked for.
To conclude, I just wanna say that this was a wonderful ending to a beloved duology in one of my all time favorite fictional universes. If you like reading fantasies which focus more on the development of characters and the romance and give us a slow paced but unique introduction to the world and magic system, then this series is perfect for you. However, I highly recommend that you start with the original trilogy because even though this duology might work on its own, I think you need to know the original story to truly appreciate the stakes. It has been a delightful journey for me in the Remnant Universe and it’s kinda bittersweet that it’s come to an end. But I know I’ll keep revisiting it!!!