The Smoke Thieves stole away an entire day from me! But I didn’t even mind. Thanks to Viking Books for the free review copy!
Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author: Sally Green
Age Appropriateness: 14A for language and violence
Source: Viking Books for review
Description from Goodreads:
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?
What I Thought:
The Smoke Thieves is an interesting light fantasy read for YA! Politics, family drama/beheadings, danger, romance, boots, and demons. What more do you need?
I know some people don’t love having so many POVs, but I enjoyed seeing all the perspectives it offered. The different people and the vastly different problems they faced made for an enjoyable read.
I felt really horrible for Catherine, trapped and controlled by her father and brother, and sold off as bride to the highest bidder. She and the other ladies at court used hand signals to communicate, which was very intriguing.
Ambrose, her guard/love interest, is put in some extremely difficult situations, and of course their forbidden romance gets center stage.
March is another character you feel for, trying to get revenge but perhaps being led astray by someone who is feeding him only part of the story. And him and Edyon together are wonderful.
Edyon is a bit of a knave, but a lovable one. And once we find out who he truly is, the story takes on a whole new slew of intrigue.
Tash was definitely my favourite character, I loved her spirit and bravery. And of course her love of boots was adorable.
The demon smoke didn’t feature too much in this story, but I’m assuming it will get more play time in the sequel. The concept of it however is super interesting.
As the book got closer and closer to the end I just kept wondering, “How the heck are they all going to wind up together?” But Green does a great job of connecting the different threads! The way she ties everyone together at the end seemed like the natural course of the story rather than something she orchestrated.
Have you read The Smoke Thieves? What did you think?