Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author: Sally Green
Source: ARC (Thank you so much to Team Penguin!
A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.
In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. 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 four 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?
The Smoke Thieves is a book that I went into knowing little about. It sounded interesting from the premise, but that is all I had really heard about it. I was also unsure of how much I’d like it as I had never read anything by Sally Green before. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
Not book content related but there is a actually a slightly funny story about this book. This book has different covers for the UK and US, like many books. For some reason, every time I saw the US edition of it, I’d think to myself ‘oh, that looks like a cool cover’ and then I’d look it up and I’d realise that I actually already had it and at one point, was actually reading it! I blame it on a tiring week but honestly, I’m just a bit stupid!
The Smoke Thieves started off with us meeting the actual smoke thieves of this book, or rather smoke catchers. At first, I thought the story would follow our first main character, Tash, throughout the book but I was wrong. This book had multiple points of view, 5 to be exact. There are some PoVs that don’t feature as much, which works for this story as there were some PoVs that were more important than others. Alongside meeting the smoke thieves at first, we are also introduced to the brutal Brigantine Kingdom where we meet a Princess who is most definitely not like her cruel Father and Brothers. We were introduced to other characters from other locations in this book. I liked that we had a variation of locations and that the characters were diverse.
The writing in this book was a good pace once it got going. I did find it a little slow getting into the book at first but it started to pick up once I got 100 pages in. The chapter that had me intrigued was Chapter 2 (I believe), which was not nice but also had me asking questions which I then needed to know the answers too and that kept me reading on.
As mentioned before, there are a few locations in this book that we get to see which I really liked. Although there is jumping between places because of characters being in different places, I loved that we got to see so many different parts of the world that Sally created. I found that this really helped to create a solid place in my mind where all of these different Kingdoms existed and that it helped me to imagine things a little better.
The reason why this book wasn’t a 5 star read for me was because it took me a little while to get into the book, and it wasn’t until the last 100/150 pages where some of the twists really came out which really captured my interest and pushed me through to the end of this book.
This book ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger but it does set up for the next book nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing where Sally takes this story and the characters in the following book!
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