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?
Review: 4.5 Stars
The Smoke Thieves was a book that I’ve had my eye on ever since it came out. My cousin bought me a copy for Christmas and I’m thrilled to say that I enjoyed it even more than I had expected I might. I am a huge fan of fantasy books about thieves, and love fantasies that follow multiple characters and have multiple plot lines. I haven’t read Sally Green’s previous series, The Half Bad Trilogy, but I had heard good things about it and was even more excited for The Smoke Thieves.
The Smoke Thieves was told from multiple points of view, following five young characters and each of their journeys until all of the plot lines converged. This book is exactly the type of fantasy that I spend ages searching for. Each of the characters were full of personality and the plot lines were done so well. I had a really hard time setting the book down and I have to start the sequel right away. I loved following the journeys of the different characters and bouncing from one character’s journey to the next kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next. It was such a fun read and filled with political scheming. The climax of the book was done so well, as all of the plot lines came together and everything finally started to make sense. I was on the edge of my seat and I’m so happy that I already have the sequel so I can keep reading.
The characters were all so entertaining to read about. I loved all of the characters, but my favorite character was probably Tash, the young demon hunter. She was so bold and outspoken and I found her to be so entertaining, even when she was making a mess of things. After Tash, Edyon is probably my next favorite because he was so spunky and his chapters were always extremely entertaining. Princess Catherine’s chapters were full of political intrigue and she was so intelligent and strong throughout all of the hardship that she faced just because she was a woman. All the characters were on separate journeys and I would probably read a whole book about any of them, but it was a real treat to get five amazing lead characters in one book. Sometimes books that have multiple characters and plot lines can be hard to follow, but I think Sally Green did a fantastic job of making each of these characters stand out with their own personalities and stories. I never got confused despite the many main characters and plot lines ant I think that it was expertly done.
I really loved this book. It was exciting and full of characters that you couldn’t help but root for. I am SO happy that I have the sequel because the ending left me needing the next book even if it wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger. I am so glad that I finally got a copy of this book because I’ve wanted to read this for a long time, but I had no idea just how much I would enjoy this book! The Smoke Thieves was so hard to put down and I highly recommend it to all of my friends.