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Vow of Thieves: Dance of Thieves, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Explosively exciting end to romantic fantasy duology.

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This duology finale excites until the last with so many obstacles for Jase and Kazi to face that they are the very definition of star-crossed lovers. By the time Kazi endures imprisonment a second time, readers will think that the couple's trauma must be nearly over. But after that, Jase still has to face the ruler he foolishly underestimated and his army of mercenaries and their massive stash of weapons. If he doesn't, his whole family hiding in the mountains could starve or be crushed. A lot is at stake.

Author Mary E. Pearson weaves a thrilling tale, but could have trimmed it a little. Once Kazi is captured, she learns about the source of violent upheaval in Hell's Mouth pretty quickly. When Jase works it out much later in his narrated chapters, it's redundant for the reader. More could have been added about the magical elements, however. Their significance feels overshadowed in an already tightly packed story. Overall, the ending is satisfying in the way that only a really good star-crossed lovers' tale can be.

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