Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

This is madness

After being a bit bumped out by the Half Bad trilogy I dived straight into The Smoke Thieves because I thought he synopsis did make up for the possible not so great writing.

Book Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green


Title & Author: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release date: May 1 2018
Series: The Smoke Thieves
Publisher: Viking


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?

I give The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green four out of five hearts because it wasn’t always the greatest but I really liked the story itself.

The characters were interesting because each came from a different place, like the princess and the demon hunter. But I did feel like some of the POV’s could have been left out and just told by somebody else in the scene. I mean a lot of the times Sally would jump from telling a scene from March’s point of view to then turn to Edyon, who is also a POV. I felt some of the POV’s just didn’t have much to add that another character couldn’t have done.

I loved Catherine, because she is determined to marry her betrothed, Tzsayn, even though she is in love with her bodyguard, Ambrose. Instead of following love, she does what she set out to do and even when Ambrose comes to tell her about a plot to kill people, she still chooses her betrothed.

Edyon seems to be interested in March, but I didn’t really care for this relationship to be build any further. It seemed to be forced into the story. But something like the romance between Catharine and Ambrose is much better.

I loved the story overall, the world is very interesting and I liked the whole set up, even though it was a little bit long. It was fast paced and completely different from Half Bad. It had little of the things I didn’t like from those previous books. I am hoping the second book keeps this going because would rather not have the same issue as with the Half Bad trilogy.

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