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Dance of Thieves, by Mary E. Pearson

paperlove's review against another edition

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Ich muss zugeben, das Buch hatte von Anfang einen schweren Stand bei mir, nachdem ich vor einigen Jahren bereits "Der Kuss der Lüge" von derselben Autorin gelesen und - entgegen dem Hype - abgebrochen habe, weil ich den Schreibstil furchtbar langweilig gefunden hatte und die Handlung für meinen Geschmack einfach nicht in die Gänge gekommen war. Und trotzdem wollte ich "Der Klang der Täuschung" eine Chance geben - nicht zuletzt, weil das Buch Teil einer meiner Lesechallenges ist und überdurchschnittlich gute Bewertungen auf Goodreads hat.

Der Einstieg in das Buch hat mir noch ganz gut gefallen und verläuft genau so, wie es im Klappentext steht. Sobald die beiden Protagonist:innen aufeinander treffen, verlieben sie sich aber auch schon instalove-mässig ineinander und ab diesem Zeitpunkt ist für mich die Erzählung ins Stocken gekommen.
Pearson hat insgesamt einen sehr langsamen (und für mich zähen) Erzählstil, aber bei einem 640 Seiten(!) dicken Buch MUSS einfach etwas passieren, um mich bei der Stange zu halten. Und das tut es leider nicht. Die Story plätschert vor sich hin, ohne dass etwas Nennenswertes passiert und mein Desinteresse ist immer grösser geworden. Leider erfährt man (zumindest in der ersten Hälfte des Buches) absolut NICHTS über das Wordbuilding, was die Handlung nicht unbedingt spannender gemacht hat. Nach ca. einem Drittel musste ich mich bereits zum Weiterlesen zwingen und nachdem ich ab 40% des Buches nur noch Seiten quergelesen oder gleich ganz übersprungen habe, musste ich mir schliesslich eingestehen: Das wird nichts mehr mit Pearsons Büchern und mir. ;) Ich kann den Hype und die Begeisterung um ihre Bücher nach zwei Versuchen zweier ihrer Bücher absolut nicht nachvollziehen. Die Story von "Der Klang der Täuschung" liest sich wie ein 0815 YA Fantasyauftakt, die es inzwischen wie Sand am Meer gibt, sodass mir die "Idee" inzwischen zum Hals raushängt.

Liebe YA-Fantasy-Autor:innen: Lasst euch doch bitte endlich mal etwas Neues einfallen!

Ein Einblick in 1-2 Sterne Reviews hier auf Goodreads hat mich darin bestätigt, dass das Buch auch in der zweiten Hälfte nicht wesentlich besser oder gar spannender wird und die Handlung einfach nicht ins Rollen kommt, deshalb habe ich mich für den Abbruch entschieden. 2 Sterne gibt es von mir. Das war definitiv mein letztes Buch der Autorin.

kendallpresto's review

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4.0

I like this book a lot

blountjc2010's review against another edition

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adventurous tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

katieked99's review

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4.0

For my first dive into the fantasy genre, I was pleasantly surprised. I'd seen a few of Haley Pham's videos on YouTube and she loved this duology so I thought I'd try it out since we have similar book tastes. I bought it and then it sat on my shelf unread for a few months. I was so scared to try a fantasy book because I didn't want to waste a lot of effort. Committing to a fantasy book is a lot more work than a simple rom-com or non-fiction book.

But I was very pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this book. The world-building was superb and Pearson did a phenomenal job of letting the dialogue explain as well as the descriptive paragraphs build up the "Dance of Thieves" world.

I thoroughly enjoyed the romance between Kazi & Jase as well, especially since it was closed-door. I also really loved all the supporting characters, especially Jase's family. I hope we get to hear more about Kazi's childhood, we learn a lot about it from her perspective, but I would love to know what actually happened to her mom for real. (I've heard we get a bit more of this in the sequel which I hope is true!)

Overall, I really really enjoyed this and am excited to read the sequel. 4/5

jeske's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

maddie_07's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

This book was so good.  Anything written but Mary E. Pearson is absolutely perfect

readscapsim's review

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5.0

KAZIJASE MY BELOVEDS

pipweather's review

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

renziebee's review

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5.0

Nothing new here, just me going into a duology blind and not even researching if there was a series before it (turns out there was, lol) but hot damn, I devoured this book! I really tried going slow, but every time there's a semblance of a break in my already busy schedule, I'm picking it up and reading one chapter after another.

It starts when the Patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, and its heir Jase takes over. His family governs by its own rules but their whole family's history is their north star. At the same time, we meet Kazi of Brightmist, a legendary thief-turned-soldier who's set out to investigate the settlements in the Ballenger's territory. A series of events and coincidences spiral out of control soon after they meet, and they're unexpectedly thrown together (and I mean this quite literally) to survive.

This book really met all my standards:
- Kazi, this smart, badass female character with more tricks up her sleeve than her love interest
- Jase, who not only has the makings of a great leader but a family man too even though he's a little rough around the edges.
- Perhaps my favorite is the Ballenger's respect for their history. Absolutely loved that they try to honor it as best they can, and learn from it too.
- Found family plot lines always make me soft. Kazi's relationship with Wren & Synové was chef's kiss.
- The whole imperfection and faults of the Ballenger family made me love them even more (especially on the second book if I'm being honest)
- The book wasn't afraid to quicken the pace when needed, and take its time when it needed to build up to something which I always appreciate.
- World building was great for me, although I definitely have questions on the magic side of things and the whole dynamics of the Kingdom which I suppose I'll understand in the original series (lol)
- ..and finally I'm always a sucker for any enemies to lovers trope so... there you go.

Overall, I'm so happy I picked this book up! Definitely going in my re-read pile.

readerandlover's review

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3.0

This book is good, I enjoyed it, the start and the ending. I would say the one thing that does suck is that you really can’t speed read this book due to its complicated nature. You have to read most of the words to understand the story, not just the dialogue. So, inevitably, it took me a really long time to understand and to read. So, expect to be stuck with this book for a few hours.

Thing to improve:

Well, there was the boring plot. The plot was so boring. The only reason it is is a three stars was that at the end and at the beginning it had a really good plot. The middle was relying on the romance between Jase and Kazi, which honestly did not carry the story in the middle.

The story she was trying to get was awesome. But, the part before the truth was, that was the most boring. The plot needed to be improved.. seriously.

Otherwise, everything was great. But, there were too many characters. It was hard to remember who was who in the story unfortunately.