Thank you to Netgalley, Sally Green and Penguin Random House for my ARC of The Smoke Thieves.
Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author: Sally Green
Publication Date: 3rd May 2018
Page Count: 480 Pages
The Smoke Thieves tells the story from the POV of 5 different characters. Tash an assistant demon catcher who works with her boss Gravell to catch demons and collect their smoke which despite being illegal, brings a high price. Princess Catherine is in Brigant, city of warlords, preparing for her arranged marriage but loving someone else from afar. Ambrose cares about his job in the Royal Guard but now he’s being hunted as a traitor. March seeks revenge on his princely employer who he blames for the death of his people, and Edyon is a thief who’s about to find out that the road from rags to riches isn’t easy.
But slowly, each character’s story becomes intertwined leading up to an ending full of magic and war.
At first I struggled to get into The Smoke Thieves while I adjusted to the various narratives, but once I settled in to who everyone was, it was easy to get pulled into the story.
I loved how fierce Catherine was and don’t think anyone should be put off by Tash being 13 as this is definitely YA and not young teen fiction. I felt so conflicted over the love triangle and think my allegiances changed somewhat regarding that in the end.
Edyon was an entertaining if blundering character but I’m expecting some surprises from him in the future.
I was definitely getting The Princess Bride feels from Catherine and Ambrose although Catherine is far more fierce than Buttercup.
The story itself was a lot of world building and narrative building in this first one but that’s to be expected and certainly wasn’t a bad thing, it was great getting to know the world and characters and I’m expecting lots of action and more events in the next book in the series. In fact I’m kind of regretting reading this an arc as now I’ve even longer to wait for the sequel!