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Dance of Thieves

(Dance of Thieves #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  34,916 ratings  ·  4,371 reviews
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former st
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jessica I read this book without being aware The Remnant Chronicles even existed and I did just fine and really enjoyed the book.
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Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kazi, a legendary former street thief.

I think this reminds us all of a certain someone.

Edit: erright people I realize that the majority liked this review because of the reference but pleaseeee give this book a go. It's really really good.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ok, so i’m lowering my rating to two stars bc i’ve been sitting on this book for two days trying to figure out what i want to say about it and there’s just…nothing. it’s not bad per say, but at the same time i’m struggling to find anything to really praise about it.

forgettable. that’s it, that’s the review.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
three words: i am obsessed.

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 wasnt the biggest fan of the remnant chronicles, but i will say i am glad i read them because it just added so much more to the background context and history of the story. i love how this series expands and builds upon the original series, but is such a strong standalone story in its own right.

Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve missed this world and our old characters. I think it might be time for a reread soon!

Although The Remnant Chronicles has a special place in my heart and will probably never be replaced as my favorite Mary Pearson series, Dance of Thieves did not disappoint. It was great to see more of this world beyond just Morrighan, Dalbreck, and Venda.

Every character in this spin-off has already captured my heart. Kazi, Wren, and Synové? BAD ASS FEMALE CHARACTERS. P
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book relies more heavily on the romance than the plot, so that left me disappointed for most of the book. But the plot picked up at the end so I think I will be finishing this duology.
Sep 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
The cover is a work of art.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Read the Dance of Thieves
Else i'll crucio you!

I'm sorry I couldnt help myslef! Okay now onto the review

“Choose your words carefully, even the words you think, because they become seeds, and seeds become history.”



Ballenger family is feared nad respected for the power they hold. In a family of problemakers and outlaws Jase is no exception. Taking on the role of the Hier and the ruler, he mus
Helena Paris

"This was more than an unexpected turn. It was an unchecked slide into hell."

4.5 stars!!! As always, I think that it’s important to point out that Mary E. Pearson is the most underrated author in YA fantasy. And for the life of me, I can’t understand why that is! Her world-building, character development, and plot progression abilities are superb! This was supposed to be a buddy read with Diana, but she went POOF, so...¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’d also like to make note that although this is technically a s
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I have a soft spot for Mary E. Pearson's books. She's a master at worldbuilding and angst, and her other series sent me over the roof with feels. Naturally, I was eager to get my hands on this new series set in the same world!

In short, I loved it, but I will say it was long and took me a while to get my bearing. Since it's been a while since I've read her other books, I had a hard time figuring out where I was in the world. To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure where the new country/land is
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
once again, the trope in this is enemies to friends to enemies to fake dating to lovers to enemies. and they're both assigned to assassinate each other. please read it 😭
Ann (annreads)
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
“What is this, Kazi?
I knew what he meant. This. What was this between us? Just what game were we playing?
I had wondered too. Because now our kisses were filled with pauses, our gazes filled with more questions instead of fewer.
I don’t know, Jase.
What do you feel?
Your lips, your hands, your heartbeat.
No, Kazi, in here, what do you feel in here?
His finger stroked a line down the center of my chest.
I felt an ache pressing within. A need I couldn’t name.
I don’t know.
I didn’t want to know.
Let me tast
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This is everything I love in a fantasy--stellar world building, flawed characters who leap from the page, and high stakes treachery. Also steamy romance. Highly recommended.
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Check out this review (and more) over on my blog!

Quick Stats:
5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Dance of Thieves surprised me. I knew I would enjoy it, but I never expected to become completely obsessed with it. This book is so fun, and full of so many of the best possible tropes.

“Choose your words carefully, even the words you think, because they become seeds,and seeds become history.”

// Content Warning: Viol
victoria ☾
❀ 4.5 stars ❀

“Hear the language that isn’t spoken, for everyone can hear spoken words, but only a few can hear the heart that beats behind it.”

Enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, knife-to-throat trope, this book had everything I wanted to read!

Both Kazi and Jase are such unique and well-written main characters. Kazi’s backstory and Jase’s history were so intriguing and emotional. They were beautiful together, but I wouldn’t exactly say this is the typical enemies-to-lovers where they absolu
Dance of Thieves was a really fun listen, which built on the world created in the remnant series. It's not strictly necessary to read that series first, but it definitely added to my experience, knowing the history behind everything, and I loved seeing characters from that series in this book!

Romance, betrayal, secrets, lies, great families, friendships, rich history, great characters, I had a blast listening to this addictive story! The Ballingers were awesome, and I loved Kazi even more than
Tricia Levenseller
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-fantasy
Loved this book! Mary writes such rich worlds and swoony romances. The characters were so easy to relate to, and the plot was fantastic. An all-around great read that I highly recommend!
Beatrice in Bookland
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy from the publishing house in exchange for an honest review*


And the award for most underrated ya writer goes to ... Mary E. Pearson, again! If there's one thing I don't get about Goodreads and the Book community in general is why everyone is sitting on this amazing author and her series. Seriously, pick these books up!

The plot

"Get him and get out. That was our task, and that was it. I told them that we also had the bad timing of being plummeted into the middle of a power war
alyssa ⚘
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5/5. holy... i don't even know what to say. this book had it all - the knife to the throat trope, forced proximity, enemies to lovers...

i can't.

it was utter perfection and the TENSION between Jase and Kazi was so thick, you could cut it with a knife. i would say that the beginning was a little slow paced, but after the first 100 pages or so, it starts to pick up speed and trust me when i say it was worth it. this book truly does take you through a journey of character growth and development fo
Feb 08, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy
Set in the universe of Pearson's Remnant Chronicles

Are you playing with my emotions, Mary? Are you? ARE YOU???
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Without question, this novel was one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I loved the original "Remnant Chronicles" trilogy and was so excited to hear the announcement that the series would be continuing (albeit with different main characters). I wanted more from this world and I wanted more of Mary E. Pearson's writing.

I don't think I could be more disappointed to say that I didn't really enjoy this novel and am giving it 2.5 stars. I don't think I went into this novel with overly high e
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
#1 dance of thieves — 5 stars
#2 vow of thieves — 5 stars


i mean, it's possible that i love this book even more than kingdom of ash. and i had just finished that book yesterday! my heart was still full of emotions. now with THIS DAMN BOOK, i was BEYOND CONTENT i could burst into smithereens!!!

i was really looking forward to getting back into this world ever since the remnant chronicles became one of my most favorite series in the whole world
Aug 23, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
I’m ready for girl power, sneaky thieves, malicious plots, and stabby, underhanded characters!!

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Merphy Napier
Dec 30, 2017 marked it as to-read
Christy (TheReaderBee)
Dance of Thieves is the first book in a brand new duology by Mary E. Pearson, and is also a spin-off of The Remnant Chronicles trilogy, which happens to be one of my most favorite series ever! Dance of Thieves was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I was SO very excited to finally read this book. Having finally read it, I definitely was not disappointed, and I think it’s a perfect start to what should be a really awesome duology!

Before I started Dance of Thieves, I decided to re-read
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Full Review

According to the dictionary, the word Obsess means preoccupy or fill the mind of someone continually and to a troubling extent

That was me reading this. I don't think i stopped reading this once i started, except for sleeping and eating!

To be honest, i didn't really know what to expect from this but i'm glad I decided to read it.

Dance of Thieves is about two characters who both have their POV. One is a girl called Kazi, who was sent by the queen to hunt down a dangerous fugitive
Sep 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Kat | Rustic Pages
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved stepping back into this universe, The Remnant Chronicles being my all time favorite trilogy! The story definitely revolves around the enemies to lovers romance but I am definitely not complaining. I found the banter highly entertaining and I think their relationship is my favorite part of the book. Unlike in The Remnant Chronicles, the politics had a hard time holding my attention and I was significantly more interested in the character’s relationship than anything else happen ...more
Sara Saif
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: I would not

There’s a special word I reserve for books such as this. And that is: Bakwaas. It’s Urdu for ‘rubbish’ or ‘garbage’ only ten times sassier and meaner. If the last 200 pages (of this 700 page book) hadn’t been as redeeming as they were, I would have said this with considerably more venom and rage. As it is, I’m only feeling irritated at the moment.

Let me get the good out first because it’s short. A)The writing was great and B) the last 200 pages were fast-paced, happening and provoked a certain m

Raihanna K.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i love jase and kazi so so much
favourite fictional couple by far <3
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copies
Personal rating: 4.5
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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 pretendi ...more

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Choose your words carefully, even the words you think, because they become seeds, and seeds become history. 114 likes
“What did they do to you, Kazi?” His voice was low, earnest. Even in the dim light, I was able to see the worry in his eyes.
I pretended I didn’t know what he was talking about. “Who did what?”
“Who made you afraid of an open world? An open sky? Was it Venda? Your parents?”
“No one did anything,” I answered quietly.
“Then hold on to me,” he said. “Let me show you the stars.”
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