First let me confess something: I liked but didn’t love The Remnant Chronicles. I ADORED the first book but then the series declined for me and I only gave the last book three stars. I think my main issue was it felt really religious. The romance kind of disappeared and the religion took its place.
When I first heard about Dance of Thieves it didn’t register with me that it was by the same author. Eventually I figured it out but it sounded SO GREAT that I decided to give it a shot…
Series: Dance of Thieves #1
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. on August 7, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
I’m sad to report that I stopped reading only 8% through. Despite me having read The Remnant Chronicles (Dance of Thieves takes place in the same world) I felt like I was jumping straight into book two of a series instead of book one. There were a lot of references to places and names that I felt like I was expected to know, but didn’t, and I had a hard time following. That confusion led to disinterest and frustration.
I read a review by someone else who said they had trouble at the beginning but pushed through and were glad they did. So based on the fact that I didn’t love The Remnant Chronicles, do you think it’s worth me giving this another shot? I think the plot sounds so cool, but I had such a hard time getting into Dance of Thieves.
Have you read Dance of Thieves? If so, tell me what you thought! Should I give it another chance?