Title: Dance of Thieves
Series: Dance of Thieves #1
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Genres: YA Fantasy/Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
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 street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
Mary E. Pearson’s Dance of Thieves is a new YA novel in the New York Times bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
I had been thinking about the fact that it’s been too long since I’ve read a forced proximity romance earlier this week. Little did I know that I was about to pick one up just after thinking that. But, that’s what I got with this YA fantasy, and I’m certainly not complaining!
Kazi comes to Jase’s town on direction from the queen just after Jase becomes the new leader of the town. Kazi has a description of the town’s leader, but that description fits Jase’s dad. There’s an altercation that takes place between the two, which ultimately leads to them being kidnapped and chained together. They quickly find that they have to leave their tempers behind and work together.
The romance begins on their trek back. Jase is all in, but Kazi knows their end goals don’t align. She can’t tell Jase about what her mission from the queen is, and that gets even trickier when they get back and his family is involved.
I absolutely adored this book. I very much enjoyed the romance – especially Jase’s all-in attitude (no sex scene or love triangles for those interested). I enjoyed the politics that took place between the regions and even among Jase’s own people, and I enjoyed the characters’ histories and the roles those histories played in their lives. And there were a lot of great side characters that added to the plot along the way. I am definitely looking forward to the next book! 4.75 Stars!
*Please check out trigger warnings elsewhere if you have triggers. I tend to overlook adding them in my reviews.*
Have you read Dance of Thieves? Are you planning to? Have any recommendations for forced proximity romances?