Thursday 3 May 2018

{Review} The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

Posted by Donna
Release Date: 3rd May 2018
Finished Date: April 28th, 2018
Publishers: Penguin UK
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: ARC
Pages: 512
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
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 Review: The Smoke Thieves is the first book in a new YA fantasy series by author Sally Green and as soon as I heard about this book I was intrigued. As you know I am always on the lookout for new fantasy books to read and so this immediately went on my TBR list. If you’re a fan of Six or Crows and Falling Kingdoms then I’d definitely suggest you taking a peak at this book. 

The story follows five different characters – a princess, a traitor, a thief, a soldier and a hunter whose lives are all woven together, even though they don’t know it yet, until fate steps in and they all eventually meet. 

The story is told from five different points of view which is a bold move to make when writing a book like this because of how complex this fantasy world is especially with so many different worlds which all have their own rules and traditions. It could at times can get slightly overwhelming and some characters parts where a slower than others but it’s clear from the first couple of chapters that you know which characters you favour most. For me that was Tash and Catherine. I would happily just read a book about these two characters because I wasn’t as invested in the other characters so much. 

The story moves at a slow pace and with not much action until the last part of the book which is the bits you don’t want to miss. But just as the story is starting to get interesting, when all the characters finally meet, it finishes. As a reader we are seriously left hanging and I have to say I am intrigued to see what happens next. 

Thank you to Penguin UK for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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