Blog Tour: The Smoke Thieves

Author: Sally Green
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Smoke Thieves #1
Page Length: 544 pages
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Viking/Penguin
Source: Publisher
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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 Smoke Thieves is pitched as a more palatable version of Game of Thrones for the YA crowd, and I would tend to agree with that statement. Built with multiple points of view and intersecting story lines with just enough intrigue and suspense to keep you reading, this book was definitely a hit for me!

A betrothed Princess Catherine is pawned off to marry Prince Tzsayn of Pitoria yet lusts over her bodyguard Ambrose. Tzsayn's servant March, who is a survivor of a war-torn country after a brutal war fought by Calidor and Brigant, seeks revenge for his country's downfall. Tash, a 13-year old demon slayer, discovers a new demonic smokethat could be lethal. And finally, Catherine discovers her father's nefarious plans.

There is so much going on in this book and the points of view change so quickly, I felt that each story line was fast-paced and intriguing yet a little underdeveloped and left me wanting more. This book is also decisive about who the "good" and "bad" guys are, and while it really helps solidify the plot and tell readers the direction the story will take, I tend to like the ambiguous bad guys who could redeem themselves.

Catherine is such a strong female lead in this book and she really grows into her own. At times she's left with nothing but her brains, wit, and quick-thinking which I really respected. She's definitely much changed by the end of the story, and I definitely look forward to where the next book takes her. Tash also was a great spot of happiness in this tale. She's sassy and funny, and I really liked her plot development in this book.

While this book doesn't have the violence levels of Game of Thrones, the wide cast of characters, the plotting, political intrigue, and demonic smoke really help round out this tale to make it a solid start to the fantasy series. I will definitely be on the lookout for book two!


Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

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2 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this book before, Game of Thrones but with less violence, definitely my cup of tea, haha. Sometimes I find GoT a little bit much for me. Lovely review :)

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  2. This sounds so fabulous! I've been meaning to start watching Game of Thrones for a while now so anything that's even related in terms of themes is something I want to read! I absolutely love books with political maneuvering and fantasy (hello, Grave Mercy :) ) so this is definitely going on my list. Lovely review, Rachel!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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