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Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Series: The Smoke Thieves #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adults
Length: 494 pages
Published on 3rd May 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Sally Green: Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from WHSmith

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.

Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block.

In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.

And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.

Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

Okay so here a few things to know about the The Smoke Thieves:
– it is the first in a series
– its a YA historical fantasy
– its almost 500 pages long
– it has 5 points of view

And honestly I feel like many readers wont pick up the second, I’m very tempted to continue the series if I find it a good price but its gotta be a good price.

My reason for thinking this is just because the book didn’t have to be 500 pages long; the plot took too long to get going and it felt very weird when the characters put together what the smoke could be used for at the very end when you’d already figured it out ages ago because its revealed in one of the characters chapters within the first 80 pages or so…

I have no issue with multiple point of views usually but I did find Ambrose’s chapters rather boring to read so those slowed my pace down, and when the plot can’t be resolved until they all meet up and put their knowledge together its a bit of a drag.

Now time for some positives though because like I said I do plan on reading the next one!

Tash’s pov were my actual favourites, she has a lot of growth in the book and is full of personality. She made the book super enjoyable and I just want the best for her and for her to get some fancy new boots.

I also really liked Edyon due to his charm, how he’s taken to thieving out of boredom and how he’s very flirty with guys – because of this I also enjoyed March’s chapters in the second half of the book as this is when March is more aware that perhaps he’s also queer and the two develop a very odd relationship under very odd circumstances.

Due to the lies told between March and Edyon I am very interested to see what the future holds for them.

I should mention Catherine too as I’ve spoke about all the others, but if you’ve read the book I’m sure you’re fed up of hearing about her from Ambrose though. I actually feel very strongly about her and want to protect her too, she’s a princess who’s father runs the country through fear and see’s her as nothing but a barganing tool to help him gain further power. He really is vile, but will he go as far as killing her too? Who knows? She has to put up with a lot of bullshit because of this and honestly she did great, I would’ve just caved.

From what I recall the end of the book leaves most of the characters together or very close by, their actions directly effecting each other and the moves they make next so this is one of the main reasons I want to pick up the second as I think it’ll alter how the series reads and advances.

As you can see I have reasons to be conflicted with this book, some I mentined above and stem from meeting the author and her seeming less than passionate about her work, but I hope she does the characters justice.

3 stars / 5 stars
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21 thoughts on “Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green”

  1. Ah this has been on my radar for a while cause it just sounds super cool, but I’m not sure. Maybe I’ll pick it up next year, from my library to see what it’s like. The plot certainly seems interesting though!

  2. I remember hearing about this book a long time ago but forgot about it. I clicked on this review off of twitter to see if it was worth checking out. While I don’t mind long books I’m not a huge fan of mixing history with fantasy. I do like multiple points of view though. Idk, maybe I will give it a try, but I think I have to read more reviews before I make up my mind.

  3. I struggled with the book so much until I tried the audiobook – the audiobook is incredible.
    Great review, I feel like Catherine is going to have a bigger part in the next book.
    Also – when I saw the author talking about her writing I honestly thought “why is she writing” because she seemed so disinterested? So weird.
    Cora |

    1. Right? Thats what put me off too, she really didn’t seem to care about her work and ready to move on even though this is the first in series.

      I agree though that Catherine should play a large role next book

  4. I’ve been interested in this since it released early in the year. But, I’m not huge on historical fiction, I have to really love it! And since it’s a series I’ll probably give it a pass, I don’t invest in a series if I’m not like 100%, yano?

  5. I remember having this on my TBR when it first got released in May this year but then many of the bloggers I trust didn’t find it THAT amazing so I dropped it off the list. Though, I think I would like it but yeah, if it has some boring parts, I would certainly be pulled away easily. Also, 500 pages and five POVs? Wow, that must be interesting XD Lovely review, as always, Lauren <3

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