Title: Vow of Thieves
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: Dance of Thieves #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication date: August 6th, 2019
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 the two of them will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.
But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and in their rush to return to Tor’s Watch, just outside the fortress walls, they are violently attacked and torn apart―and each is thrust into their own new hell.
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.
“Will you teach us how to fly?
No. I will teach you other things. Things that will keep you alive.”
I’m so glad I decided to re-read Dance of Thieves before diving into this one, because it made my whole reading experience to a whole another level. There were a lot of important details that were pretty important in this installment that I didn’t remember, and so going into Vow of Thieves with a fresh memory was a great idea. And oh my god, I’m pretty sure I haven’t suffered like this while reading a book in a while. I laughed, I cried, and I was tensed throughout the entire time.
Vow of Thieves was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. After the epilogue (or the last chapter) of Dance of Thieves and how things ended I needed to know what was going to happen with the Ballengers and the rest of the characters introduced in the first book, and even though I would love to read 5 more books about these characters because I love them, I think that Vow of Thieves was such a great conclusion (I don’t know if there’s going to be a third one in the series, but by the way this book ended, I have my doubts).
Though the plot wasn’t as action packed as the first installment and it was more about our main characters plotting and trying to figure everything out, I still think the way it was done was brilliant. I had this sense of anticipation the entire time, and because there were so many twists and turns as you continued with the story, I wasn’t bored at all. On the contrary, I wanted to keep reading and kept thinking about it even when I was not, just to see how everything was going to end and if my favorite characters were going to make it.
To be completely honest, I didn’t mind how slow burned this novel was because I feel there was a constant progression of the plot and the characters, and that kept the pacing of Vow of Thieves much smoother. It was very interesting how different it felt from the first installment, and I became pretty engaged with it.
“We. Everything was we now. We wove our dreams together like armor. Nothing could stop us now.”
When it comes to the characters, I have to say Vow of Thieves didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with this cast of characters and their relationships in Dance of Thieves, and those interactions were much deeper and complex in Vow of Thieves. I adored the two POVs, and how we learned different things about what was going on from each protagonist. Jase and Kazi were an iconic duo, and I found them incredibly fascinating the entirety of the story. Their relationship in this book was very well done, and their dynamics were on point.
The different friendships and family relationships were actually some of my favorite parts as well. I think that some of the things that happened between these characters, even though were pretty surprising, made a lot of sense after the events of Dance of Thieves. Still, I really enjoyed how close the Ballenger family was, and the development of the relationships and the different individuals.
The ending was pretty epic, if I’m being honest. I was so tensed reading that second half of the story, and since I didn’t know if there was going to be a third installment or not, I was afraid to keep reading just in case some of my favorite characters would die. However, the way things sum up and ended were pretty satisfying to me.
Overall, this series has become an all time favorite of mine. I adored these characters and their interactions, and how different it was from The Remnant Chronicles, and I enjoyed how things concluded in Vow of Thieves.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
“Lest we repeat our story, let the stories be passed,
From father to son, from mother to daughter,
For with but one generation, history and truth are lost forever.”
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