Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.
Apparently this book is close to 500 pages, and I devoured them ALLLLLLLLL in two days. An admission: I am a sucker for a well-written romance, especially when it's in a fantasy adventure/mystery setting. Having read a lot of YA/NA fantasy romance lately, and being disappointed in pretty much most of them, I was expecting this book to be a dud.
It was not a dud.
It was nowhere near a dud.
I loved every freaking minute of this book and I want more!
The characters are well-developed. They all have backstories, histories that make them who they are. The world is rich with tradition and origin stories. The plot is convoluted in the right ways, and while I did guess at several of the "twists," I didn't feel let down that I was right. The romance is even believable, which isn't true for most of the crap I've read lately. I think my only real gripe about the romance is that these two are so in love with each other and make out all the time but they never actually "do it," as Synove likes to say. Not that people need to have sex to get a romance going (I like when they don't, TBH), but there was a loooooot of heat between these two people and it's kind of hard to imagine that nothing but kissing was going on.
Anyway, I'll be clearing my schedule for book two when it comes out, because I really need to know what happens next. And apparently this is set in a world the author has written about before? Looks like I have a whole new stack of books to add to my ever-increasing TBR pile...
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