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?
I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Though I actually read the ARC included in the Illumicrate Feb box, as I prefer real books 🙂
Oh wow. What a world. I love, love, love the effort that has gone into the world building, it really feels like epic high fantasy throughout. The story moves between four main characters, all of who I really liked, but it’s hard not to love Catherine struggling with the rigidity of life for women in Brigant, or Tash being a young and daring demon hunter! March took me a little while longer to connect to, but his relationship with Edyon is fab! Edyon is probably just about my least favourite, but I still really like him!
The geography of the world feels so real as well. I know that’s possibly an odd thing to comment on, but it does! I could picture bits, and I could feel the essence of each place. I think that takes real skill as a story teller.
I also love little details, especially around life in Pitoria! The dyed hair, the dancing (💙💙💙), the more relaxed way of life. I really enjoyed watching the story weave over itself too – the characters getting closer but not really knowing how they’d all meet and how things would be resolved. It felt like you knew what was going on but not what would happen next, which is a fine line to walk on! Excellently done.
I’m dying to know more about this world – what is the truth about Abask, what is the history of demons, what happens next???? Okay mostly the last one. And given this book isn’t out yet, how am I supposed to cope with the wait until the next one?!?! I just love the whole concept of the demon smoke and especially what we learn towards the end.
I am giving The Smoke Thieves 4.5 stars, and even then, I struggled not to give it 5. The only reason I didn’t is because it’s possibly a little slow. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, it does a great job of being a build up for something wider. I’m not sure how long the planned series is, but I hope very long lol!!