Blog Tour: Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

I am soooo incredibly honored and so excited to be today’s stop on the epic DANCE OF THIEVES blog tour celebrating the newest release from the amazing Mary E. Pearson! Mary is one of my all-time favorite authors and her Remnant Chronicles series is one of my all-time favorite series. You can only imagine how excited I was when it was announced that she was writing a new book in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles. This world is so unbelievably rich and detailed and diverse, and if you look/read closely enough, you may just discover a MIND-BLOWING. But that’s al I’ll say about that! Wink wink!

When I was given the opportunity to ask Mary a question about her latest release, I knew it had to be about the The Kingdoms of the Remnants and the gorgeous map that you can find in each book of the series.

PS…I’m not posting the newest map that can be found in Dance of Thieves because I don’t want to come even remotely close to spoiling ANYTHING about this amazing book. Seriously, you guys…IT’S EPIC!

I asked…

The Kingdoms of the Remnants is beautifully expanded in DANCE OF THIEVES. What was your process for creating new lands for readers to explore? Can you talk a little bit about the process to update the design of the map and how closely you worked with the artist?

Mary Says…

When the original trilogy was written and I drew my own rough maps for reference, there were always twelve kingdoms. While the artist, Keith Thompson, transformed my scrawl of a map into something of beauty, it was the book designer who added the labels. In the process of adding them, certain areas became a little crowded, especially right around the middle left, and the designer asked if we could leave off the label for Eislandia. Though the kingdom was mentioned, it wasn’t critical to that first story, so I said sure. We agreed we could always add it later if necessary. Well, it did become necessary when Dance of Thieves was written—because that was where this story needed to take place!  

Besides Eislandia, the town of Hell’s Mouth was added and of course, the Ballenger fortress of Tor’s Watch—all of them key places in this new book. And while we were at it, we added Marabella, an outpost I hadn’t thought up yet when the first book was published, and didn’t appear until the final book in the trilogy. So I was thrilled to see this map filled out a little more. 
 
But then my editor came to me and suggested another map—bless her—one of Hell’s Mouth and the vicinity.  “Did I have one?” she asked. Oh boy, did I. I sketch out rough maps for everything even down to the floor plans of fortresses. It is part of my process so I know exactly where things are.  So again, my editor took my very rough map to Keith Thompson, and he drew a sketch of how he envisioned this world. It was a little tricky because unusually enormous trees are an important part of the landscape of Hell’s Mouth and they would cover the town beneath, but he worked his magic to create the sense of the towering trees. He also incorporated the mythology of the book in his design, which completely blew me away.  
 
There is a story in Dance of Thieves about Breda’s Tears, a series of cascading waterfalls in the Moro Mountains that flow down from the heavens. In the upper right corner of the map we see the goddess Breda, weeping for her dead mortal lover, and rivers of tears stream from her eyes down into the mountains.
 
So now besides the beautiful map of the entire continent on the front end papers, there is an additional beautiful map on the back end papers of Dance of Thieves! As a complete map geek, I couldn’t be happier. I know my fellow map lovers will be happy too.

PSSST…DON’T MISS ANY OF THE STOPS ON THE TOUR!

About Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretending she was a spy with a bagful of amazing gadgets. She was rarely herself. Amazingly, she never broke a bone until she caught a basketball in gym class. Catching real balls was not her forte.

These days she continues to live in make-believe worlds she creates in her books. Her latest 2-book series, Dance of Thieves, allows her do all kinds of dangerous things without breaking any bones. So far. You can learn more about Mary and her books at www.marypearson.com

Sarah

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