ARC Review: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green


Rating: ★★★★✩

Series: The Smoke Thieves, Book #1

Date Read: April 9, 2018 -June 10, 2018

Date Released: May 1, 2018

Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers


The beginning to an epic medieval fantasy trilogy, perfect for Game of Thrones fans.

A shrewd princess whose father is plotting against her. A brave soldier turned traitor. A loyal servant on a quest to avenge his family. A streetwise demon smoke hunter in desperate need of money. A charming thief with no clue about his true identity. Their lives would never intersect, until a war between kingdoms bubbles up, and the dangerous truth about demon smoke intertwines all their fates. Welcome to The Smoke Thieves, a tangled web of political intrigue, shifting alliances, and forbidden love, in a world where sometimes no amount of magic can keep you safe.

My Thoughts:

I got this book from #booksfortrade (if you have not had the chance to check that out yet what are you waiting for!) and I was super excited because it was the first book that I had received from the tag before it was published. I did feature it for one of my Waiting on Wednesday posts so I was definitely eager to read it, even though it took me two months. (damn school)

I would agree with the publisher in saying that this is similar to a YA Game of Thrones as it does have the political scheming, and multiple POV but no dragons. Also, for at least when I read Game of Thrones, it took me forever and this took me pretty long too.


But there are demons. Green does not really go into what the demons do other than when you kill them you can trap the smoke and then get high off of it. Hence why it is illegal.  I do hope Green expands on this and maybe give a more detailed explanation as to how demon smoke works.

Now one big thing that I want to rant about is Brigant. Or more specifically how Brigant treats women.

Exhibit A)



So yeah, Calix from Reign the Earth would love it here! Catherine is the princess of Brigiant and she is second class to her brothers and many other male members of the court. Catherine’s brother, Boris, was the worst. He would belittle her and make her seem unworthy of anything but breeding. But Catherine would always give it right back and she even found ways of one-upping Boris. I really liked the Green allowed Catherine to be treated the way she deserved to be in Pitoria. Sir Rolland and Tzsayn (Catherine’s betrothed) were always happy to hear her thoughts and never spoke down to her. But then again that was kind of the point.

I really did not like March, servant turned political schemer,  and Edyon’s, thief, POVs. I understand how they were important to the story but I was just not into them. Though I am curious to know where that romance is going to go. Tash was my second favorite to Catherine. She was spunky and in love with boots! And then there is Ambrose. Ambrose and Catherine are in love with each other and I just don’t see it. Well, literally you don’t see it. They gawk at each other from afar and think about the other constantly. I wish that there was a little more of where I could have them in the same room together. But there is going to be a love triangle in the next book so maybe I will get to see them together.

Though one thing this book really wins for is covers!

The UK HC and PB covers are gorgeous! And I like the US cover with the pawns. It is foreshadowing at it’s finest.

Will I continue the series?


It was a little slow but there is definitely room for it to grow. I just hope that we won’t have a Winds of Winter situation.

Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads


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