The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1) by Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1)

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. A...


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TitleThe Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1)
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherViking
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy
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Reviews The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1)

  • Emily May
    2018-01-03
    “She thought of Ambrose still, every day” Every paragraph, it felt like. I'm really disappointed with The Smoke Thieves. I was hoping this would be an opportunity to rekindle my love for Green's books after Half Bad's sequels dampened it. Unfortunately, this is an overlong, generic fantasy story that is spread too thin across its five perspectives.This book is being sold as a Game of Thrones for younger readers, or those looking for something...
  • jessica
    2018-07-03
    so if you cant tell by the last 5 books or so that i have read, i am on a huge fantasy binge. but i think i may have to take a break after this one as it kinda threw off my rhythm. not that this was bad - it was just so dang slow. when i want fantasy, i want quick action-packed books. and this was a slow burner, for sure. there were five different point of views, so a lot of introductions and build-up had to happen (im talking like 300 pages wort...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2018-03-19
    Release date: May 1, 20183.5 stars. I thought this was a great start to a series and think it's going to be super popular! I was a bit more enthusiastic at the start, but still like the way everything turned out. The Game of Thrones comparison might set up the reader to be a bit underwhelmed, but there definitely is an amazing high fantasy world here with a lot of different POVs and kingdoms at war.I absolutely love Catherine's POV. She's a princ...
  • Ben Alderson
    2018-01-10
    Well wow.I must admit I was so nervous about reading this book because I loved the Half Bad series so much. I didn't really know what this book was about, other than it was a historical fantasy. Sally had mentioned a year or two ago to me that she was writing a fantasy, and at that time I told myself I wanted to know NOTHING and go into it blind...SO, I finished it. QUICK and it is a beast of a book. It really is a fabulous fantasy story. The num...
  • *Thea 'WookieMama' Wilson*
    2018-02-13
    Totally brilliant....review to come!Here it is....... I loved Half Bad and I was nervous about whether this book would work, would it be any good, could Sally Green do it again and have another success on her hands..... well the answer is yes to all of those questions, this book is a gem of a fantasy read and if others don't like it I'll be horrifically disappointed as I loved it!The Smoke Thieves is a completely different deal than the wonderful...
  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
    2018-05-22
    Tash had thought demons were scary, but men could be just as bad.Oh no, I lost count of how many characters died. Hahaha. I don't care about Game of Thrones, but fans of the latter might like this book indeed. Reading it was such a delight, especially because I simultaneously listened to the Audible version that featured a full cast of British-sounding narrators.In a nutshell, The Smoke Thieves is a novel about five unique characters: Catherine, ...
  • Helen
    2018-04-07
    3.5 STARSFor the first book in a series, Smoke Thieves introduced an intriguing array of characters and set the scene nicely for the following books. However, as a fan of more intricately-plotted fantasy with a real emphasis on world-building this book failed to make a lasting impression on me. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it to fans of light fantasy for sure, but I'm still undecided as to whether I'll continue the series. The story takes pl...
  • Atlas
    2018-04-09
    It was a little ambitious and a little insane* * 2 / 5 I read and liked Green's "Half Bad", but it wasn't really my genre. The Smoke Thieves, however, seemed right up my reading alley - a fantasy novel, a princess looking to rebel, a demon hunter, some sort of intriguing political skulduggery - but unfortunately I was pretty disappointed. It felt like a was reading a novel aimed at thirteen year olds, but it had the occasional "adult" language an...
  • Emma
    2018-04-02
    This was really very good but frustrating at the same time. The story is told from several characters’ points of view and it is obvious that their paths will cross from fairly early on. But they don’t all meet up until the last part of the book. Also, it ends just as the story is coming together and leaves an eager reader hanging on for the next book! The characters in the book are well fleshed out. There is a lot of action especially towards...
  • Katiria
    2018-04-29
    *** I received this book in penguin first to read program in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Viking publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Smoke Thieves! ***Now I know some readers did not love or even like The Smoke Thieves and that is totally alright I can understand why some didn't like or love this book. But I absolutely and thoroughly love and enjoy The Smoke Thieves so much. Yes there are five dif...
  • allypages
    2018-05-03
    oh wow. woww wow wow. these characters are phenomenal. This book is told from 5 different main character point of views and they are all amazing and so different and diverse! We have a child demon hunter, a guy who just found out he's a prince (whose also a thief - he can't help himself ok?), a hella awesome princess, a cute badass soldier (who has the worst luck, I cried for him) and this traitor who hates everything, but not really. He's a grea...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    2018-07-04
    Anybody know the little known book/television series "Game of Thrones"? If you know of the series, do you remember the Red Wedding? Well, if you could make a book with all the action and emotions of that episode.....this would be that book. Do not get me wrong, both this book and that series are vastly different but I could not help but feel those same emotions from that episode while reading this book. First, with fair warning, I have to recomme...
  • Zoë ☆
    2018-05-08
    I really liked this book!The world was so complex, but that also made it really interesting to read about!I really liked the five different POV's, though it took me a while to get used to it. After the first 100 pages I was really confused about who was who and what they wanted etc., but after a while I got it again! :)The story was full of betrayal, thievery and fighting, but also romance which was cool! I really began to care for some of the ch...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    2018-04-16
    ↠ 3.7 Stars I recieved a proof copy in exchange for an honest review. Buddy read with ImiI hardly ever give middling ratings like this but TST was too good for 3.5 but not quite a 4? Despite a slightly unwieldy first page (it started out with dialogue, which I’m personally not that fond of), it did develop into an intriguing novel with likeable characters and very interesting plotlines.These characters are a handful of character archetypes ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-02-16
    I wondered when I finished the “Half Bad” series how on earth Sally Green would follow that up with anything even close to it’s addictive brilliance – turns out that wasn’t even a problem as she brings us “The Smoke Thieves” a multi-layered character drama set in a politically unstable fantasy world.Five teenagers, their fates inextricably linked, even though they don’t yet know it, forms the heart of the plot. All of them have th...
  • Wing-yee (bibliomeds)
    2018-06-22
    My review is now posted on my wordpress blog which can be viewed via this link: https://bibliophilicmedstudent.wordpr...
  • Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
    2018-04-20
    Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK for giving me this book to reviewSmoke Thieves is a really good high fantasy novel with adventure, political intrigue and demons. I really like the five different point of views and how their stories started off as mostly separate but connected by the end. It was fast paced, and I felt like the world building was pretty solid as I understood the different cultures of the countries, especially Brigan...
  • Katherine Moore
    2018-01-12
    'The Smoke Thieves' had me thoroughly captivated as soon as I started to read it, and I can honestly say I didn't want to be interrupted at all once I fell into this brilliant medieval fantasy that author Sally Green has created. Woven around five main characters, from different walks of life, a story deepens to reveal a war between different kingdoms, an impending royal marriage, forbidden love, long-held family secrets, and the real reason why ...
  • Umut Rados
    2018-04-26
    Overall, it was an enjoyable read most of the time, but I think it has lots of gaps to be a great series than an average one. I see very mixed reviews on Goodreads too. For now I’m guessing I enjoyed it enough to continue to the series. And I’m very curious because of the big cliff hanger ending 🙂What I liked about the book:1. We start the book with Princess Catherine, who was the character which hooked me all the way through. A part of th...
  • Bee (Heart Full of Books)
    2018-05-08
    It's been a long time since I read a fantasy book, and I don't think I've ever read one with this many perspectives before, and I have to admit: I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it! Yeah, yeah, the pacing could have been amped up a little bit, but I thought all of the different perspective were necessary, and there wasn't anything overly complicated about the story. I wish the characters had been a bit quicker on the uptake too, as it felt ...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    2018-02-11
    I've never read any books by Sally Green, but after reading Smoke Thieves, I should probably rectify that problem! I absolutely loved this book.The Smoke Thieves is a high fantasy revolving around several characters, similar to the setup of Falling Kingdoms. The characters are all interesting and it is gratifying when they all start to meet up near the end. In particular, I loved Catherine, who is a strong woman in a very male dominant society, a...
  • Amy
    2018-04-05
    ARC provided by Viking in exchange for an honest review.The Smoke Thieves is a medieval fantasy that centers around five characters, and each chapter alternates between five POV’s. While these characters may live in different kingdoms, one thing that remains true in each kingdom is that demon smoke is illegal. Demon smoke is essentially “blood” from a demon. Once a demon is slain, it expels smoke. The smoke can be contained in a bottle and ...
  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    2018-05-02
    Whoops, I accidently read this in a day. I wasn't sure if having five points of view squeezed into one book would actually work but it did as every character was completely unique, even when I forgot to check whose chapter is was, I knew exactly who was speaking due to their tone of voice, which basically hardly ever happens. I did find myself wishing for more female POVs, as we only have 2 female compared to 3 male. A Princess - Catherine is roy...
  • Mitch
    2018-05-01
    Let's throw all the fantasy tropes against a wall and see what sticks. While leaving the basic premise completely unexplained. At least it was well written.
  • Larissa (Book Bosomed Blonde)
    2018-04-26
    review on my blogThis was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, and i think i may have held my expectations too high. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book but it just felt so similar to other fantasy novels I’ve read recently and nothing really stood out that much.The writing style is a bit complicated. Its separated into 5 different perspectives, that was really hard to keep up with in the beginning. Luckily stories begin to...