The Smoke Thieves

The Smoke Thieves

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The fates of teens Tasha, Catherine, Ambrose, and March, whose lives would never intersect, are intertwined in a war between kingdoms.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking Young Readers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780425290217
Characteristics: 532 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Snell, Alexis - Author

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 26, 2019

The smoke thieves by Sally Green. This book tells the story of five people leading completely different lives. The story is filled with tiny details that will ultimately connect them all. This story involves conflict between family, loyalty, duty, revenge, love and doing what is right. This story has more than just smoke thieves. This story takes place in a fictional world with odd geography. As well as the all to real greedy rulers and warring countries. Each one of the five finds themselves involved in this war in a way they would have never seen in the beginning. This story makes excellent use of dramatic irony to keep the reader hypnotized. An excellent read. 4/5 stars. @BookLover889 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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bookishmutant
Sep 05, 2019

Real rating: 4.25 stars

For the past few years, I’ve gravitated more towards sci-fi than fantasy.
Most of the blurbs on the back cover pitched this book as a sort of YA Game of Thrones (sans dragons). My knowledge of Game of Thrones is as follows:

-Everybody dies
-Dragon lady
-Jean Grey

Yep. I am quite knowledgeable on this topic, as you can clearly see.

Anyway, I put this on my to-read this a while ago, and when I saw it at the bookstore a week or so ago, I figured that hey, it’s a thick paperback with a ✨GORGEOUS COVER✨, what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

At first, I was a bit dubious; the first 50-100 pages were a little slow, and I kept wondering how the heck all of these character’s stories were going to tie together.
Okay, let me rephrase that--it said that they were connected through the bottle of demon smoke, but hOW? And wHEN? HUH?

But once it picked up, it REALLY PICKED UP. Political intrigue, action that made my heart race, some of the best fantasy world-building I’ve seen in years, and characters that, 90% of the time, I was rooting for with all my heart. I say 90% because I didn’t quite care for some of the minor characters, and Catherine was...eh, I just didn’t get attached to her. She was a little bit boring, but I can put that aside. March was probably my favorite. As blindsighted as he got at times, he’s such a determined, unstoppable character and...let’s be honest here, he’s kind of a sweetheart deep down. What a guy. Let’s all get together and give him a big hug, because we all know he deserves it. Tash was a tad annoying, but...she’s a thirteen-year-old girl. And besides, she was lovable, in that younger sibling kind of way. Overall, Edyon’s backstory was a little cliché, but his simultaneously rakish and caring personality made up for it. And Ambrose? There wasn’t too much to him other than his conflicted backstory and his love for Catherine, but I thought he was pretty cool. Hopefully we’ll see him--and all the others--developed a little more in the next installment.

And that world-building...I could go on for DAYS about that world-building! Absolutely masterful; Sally Green turned every minute detail into something magical and fascinating, from the history to the modern culture. Also, I loved the image of those hypermasculine soldiers dyeing their hair vibrant colors to show their allegiances. Pseudo-punk medieval soldiers. I like this. I like this a lot.

Overall, such an exciting and expectations-defying read! I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of “The Demon World” at my local library...(I put it on hold mere minutes after finishing this...hehe...)

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fantasyqueen
Jun 21, 2018

Interesting story. started a little slowly, but I got hooked into it even though. good book

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