The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The Smoke Thieves (US)

At this time in my reading journey I tend to avoid books that involve kings & queens (or similar themes) as I’ve become quite bored of reading the same story, but with slightly different characters & not-so-different world-building… I broke that rule for The Smoke Thieves though; & that’s because I adore Sally Green. Sally did not let me down. The Smoke Thieves was funny, exciting & original (at least for me) & I’m eager to get my hands on the next book.

This book contains violence, ableist slurs, a homophobic character & bloodshed throughout.



It’s embarrassing to think about how many emails I sent trying to get my hands on an early copy of this book – I know I could have requested it through NetGalley, & I probably would have been approved, but I wanted a print copy so badly. Unfortunately, every single one of my emails was ignored & I ended up getting an early copy from my pal in the US, Lili from Although I’m disappointed that the publishers didn’t pick me as a reviewer, I’m overjoyed that I managed to start this book before it was released. The Smoke Thieves is a slow burner that requires patience from it’s readers – but, that patience is rewarded with a high-intensity ending that leaves your heart pumping & desperate for the sequel.

As I said in my introduction, I tend to avoid books about kings / queens / emperors / empresses (basically anything about a kingdom falling apart) but I’ve broken that rule a few times recently, with the most recent rule-breaker being The Smoke Thieves (the others being The Beast Player & The Poppy War). Due to my typical avoidance of these types of books, The Smoke Thieves felt original & exciting to me, & I loved getting to know this brand new world that has come from Sally’s imagination. I loved that the plot burned slowly to start with, & I really wish I could have read this book in one sitting because I feel like I would have benefited from the pace-changes a lot more. The characters were all different from one another & there wasn’t a single point-of-view that I didn’t enjoy reading (which is great considering there are five) – although, I of course had my favourites; hello Tash & Catherine. Basically, I loved this book – albeit not quite as much as Sally’s first series (but I’m in love with Nathan, so that’s to be expected).

As well as this being a rule-breaker book for me, it’s also the first book I’ve read with demons in it – at least I think it is… & they were fab. I loved the little pieces of information we learned about the demons in this book & I’m really interested in what else we’re going to learn about them in the next book. The Smoke Thieves starts with us stepping into the demons’ world for a very brief moment, & I hope there’s more of this to come. I liked that the demons weren’t the typical haunting type, & that their position in the story was more than just something to spook the readers.

The Smoke Thieves map

Taken from the preview on GoodReads

As well as enjoying the characters & demons, I liked the world-building as well; I loved how much Brigant & Pitoria contrasted each other & I would love this series to make it to the screens, just so that I could gaze longingly at the Pitorian fashions & hairstyles – just imagine how much hair dye would be used!! I also enjoyed that we were given small snippets of Calidor & I’m excited about how this small country will play it’s part in the feud between it’s larger neighbours. I also can’t wait to learn more about Illast & Savaant – which I’m sure will eventually happen.

I really loved this book & it’s made me even more excited about meeting Sally at YALC Add to goodreadsthis July – you can order your copy of the book using the links below! If you use the Amazon or Book Depository links to make a purchase I will receive a small fee at no cost to you so please consider doing so. | | Book Depository | Waterstones | Wordery



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