Mary E. Pearson is so underrated and that’s a fact. It’s also why I’m here right now to give you all the reasons to read this fantasy trilogy!
Also, I somewhat lied in the title – these are reasons you should read The Remnant Chronicles AND Dance of Thieves, because I love them all and they’re all in the same world sooo…
There’s a Prince and an Assassin…and We Have No Idea Who They Are
The Kiss of Deception starts when a princess, Lia, runs away on the day she was supposed to marry the Prince from another kingdom… who she didn’t know.
So then this jilted prince goes after her…but so does an assassin from another kingdom. And the perspectives in the first half of the novel is either titled Assassin or Prince. So while we see Lia meet these characters, we’re not sure who is who.
Who doesn’t love a good mystery?
Okay, so the Remnant Chronicles has one of my favorite maps ever. It’s tied for my favorite with the King of Scars map.
And the map from Dance of Thieves – the sequel duology to the original trilogy – is even cooler. Like the Ruin and Rising map compared to the King of Scars map.
Strong Female Characters…and I Mean Actually Strong
A lot of people say “strong female character” and then all she does is swing a sword. Or she’s a Basic Becky, and little more than a self-insert character.
But Lia, among the other female characters who make appearances and play roles in the books, are actually fleshed out. They have different personalities, beliefs, backstories, and morals.
Not to mention the female friendships, which are so well done, and the fact that the female characters drive a lot of the plot forward.
Amazing World That’s Easy to Understand
The world building is so in-depth and fascinating, but not hard to understand (which, as a writer, I can confirm is a hard line to walk).
Religion, languages, prejudice, courts, terrain – it has everything. As you go on it builds, and you see even more in depth once you get to the sequel series.
Easy to Reread
I don’t reread books. Ever. I just don’t find it interesting.
But I’ve reread Dance of Thieves SO many times since last August, when it came out. I’ve marked my favorite lines, reread my favorite parts, my favorite betrayals, etc. Basically cover to cover at least twenty times.
Same with the Remnant Chronicles books. Mostly Beauty of Darkness, because it’s so big.
Basically, it’s an excellent series for a reread. You pick up more of the world, the non-essential-to-the-plot-yet-still-cool details, learn more about the characters… There’s just so much more you can get from it.
If you’re anything like me, this is a bonus. I love sequel\spin-off series, where old characters make appearances, you see more of the world, but you’re with a new cast.
DANCE OF THIEVES IS EXACTLY THAT
It has new characters, new problems, and if I don’t get my hands on an arc of Vow of Thieves soon…I mean, I’m going to read it when it comes out anyway, so I guess it’s not that bad. But still, I’m excited.
I think the synopsis advertises a love triangle, but it isn’t. It’s a case of unrequired love, so yes two people love one girl, but she doesn’t dwell on it, or go back and forth between them. She knows who she loves, and it’s a refreshing change.
Also, the series as a whole has so much more than romance? It’s a part of it, yes, but it doesn’t drive the plot or character arcs.
Have you read The Remnant Chronicles? What did you think of it?