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The Smoke Thieves

(The Smoke Thieves #1)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Viking
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Emily May
“She thought of Ambrose still, every day”

Every paragraph, it felt like.

I'm really disappointed with The Smoke Thieves. I was hoping this would be an opportunity to rekindle my love for Green's books after Half Bad's sequels dampened it. Unfortunately, this is an overlong, generic fantasy story that is spread too thin across its five perspectives.

This book is being sold as a Game of Thrones for younger readers, or those looking for something more easy-to-digest than Martin's monstrous 1000-pag
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I absolutely loved this book! I loved so many characters and hated the evil ones! There are some graphic scenes of killing etc in the book just so you know!

I'm excited for the next book! This one is a paperback with beautiful purple edges. I will add a pic later!



Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾
jessica
so if you cant tell by the last 5 books or so that i have read, i am on a huge fantasy binge. but i think i may have to take a break after this one as it kinda threw off my rhythm.

not that this was bad - it was just so dang slow. when i want fantasy, i want quick action-packed books. and this was a slow burner, for sure. there were five different point of views, so a lot of introductions and build-up had to happen (im talking like 300 pages worth) before anything exciting even takes place. but
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Cait • A Page with a View
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2018-arcs
Release date: May 1, 2018

3.5 stars. I thought this was a great start to a series and think it's going to be super popular! I was a bit more enthusiastic at the start, but still like the way everything turned out.

The Game of Thrones comparison might set up the reader to be a bit underwhelmed, but there definitely is an amazing high fantasy world here with a lot of different POVs and kingdoms at war.

I absolutely love Catherine's POV. She's a princess in a land where women are totally oppressed, y
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C.G. Drews
Shockingly it took me 201 years to finish reading this. Which...isn't...like me. I'm typically the person who devours a book and then sits atop a mountain screaming at the sun, you know?? A chill life. And I truly love Sally Green's style! The Half Bad trilogy is my life. I've read it multiple times and it still absolutely murders me with feels and admiration!! It's so raw and heartfelt!! So like... I did expect to feel similarly with The Smoke Thieves but yet. \_(ツ)_/ I mostly feel nothing tbh. ...more
Ben Alderson
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well wow.

I must admit I was so nervous about reading this book because I loved the Half Bad series so much. I didn't really know what this book was about, other than it was a historical fantasy. Sally had mentioned a year or two ago to me that she was writing a fantasy, and at that time I told myself I wanted to know NOTHING and go into it blind...

SO, I finished it. QUICK and it is a beast of a book. It really is a fabulous fantasy story. The numerous characters give us a Game of Thrones vibe an
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*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Totally brilliant....review to come!

Here it is....... I loved Half Bad and I was nervous about whether this book would work, would it be any good, could Sally Green do it again and have another success on her hands..... well the answer is yes to all of those questions, this book is a gem of a fantasy read and if others don't like it I'll be horrifically disappointed as I loved it!

The Smoke Thieves is a completely different deal than the wonderful Half Bad as Sally Green steps away from the Paran
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Joshee Kun (조수아)
Tash had thought demons were scary, but men could be just as bad.

Oh no, I lost count of how many characters died. Hahaha. I don't care about Game of Thrones, but fans of the latter might like this book indeed. Reading it was such a delight, especially because I simultaneously listened to the Audible version that featured a full cast of British-sounding narrators.

In a nutshell, The Smoke Thieves is a novel about five unique characters: Catherine, Ambrose, Tash, March, and Edyon. Their world is di
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Helen
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 STARS

For the first book in a series, Smoke Thieves introduced an intriguing array of characters and set the scene nicely for the following books. However, as a fan of more intricately-plotted fantasy with a real emphasis on world-building this book failed to make a lasting impression on me. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it to fans of light fantasy for sure, but I'm still undecided as to whether I'll continue the series.

The story takes place across three kingdoms Brigant, Calidor and Pit
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Emma
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Two words: Bloody Brilliant! RTC
Sabrina The Trash Queen
2018 really is THE YEAR FOR BOOKS.
Less than a month!
I’m super excited!!!.!.!.!
Atlas
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-release, arc-s
It was a little ambitious and a little insane

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2 / 5

I read and liked Green's "Half Bad", but it wasn't really my genre. The Smoke Thieves, however, seemed right up my reading alley - a fantasy novel, a princess looking to rebel, a demon hunter, some sort of intriguing political skulduggery - but unfortunately I was pretty disappointed. It felt like a was reading a novel aimed at thirteen year olds, but it had the occasional "adult" language and scenes thrown in that seemed like a cheap attemp
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Apr 24, 2018 marked it as zzzzz
Shelves: coverporn
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Emma
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This was really very good but frustrating at the same time. The story is told from several characters’ points of view and it is obvious that their paths will cross from fairly early on. But they don’t all meet up until the last part of the book. Also, it ends just as the story is coming together and leaves an eager reader hanging on for the next book! The characters in the book are well fleshed out. There is a lot of action especially towards the end. I really enjoyed what has been revealed of d ...more
Katiria
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-books
*** I received this book in penguin first to read program in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Viking publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review The Smoke Thieves! ***

Now I know some readers did not love or even like The Smoke Thieves and that is totally alright I can understand why some didn't like or love this book. But I absolutely and thoroughly love and enjoy The Smoke Thieves so much. Yes there are five different pov's in this book which I will tell you al
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allypages
oh wow. woww wow wow.
these characters are phenomenal. This book is told from 5 different main character point of views and they are all amazing and so different and diverse! We have a child demon hunter, a guy who just found out he's a prince (whose also a thief - he can't help himself ok?), a hella awesome princess, a cute badass soldier (who has the worst luck, I cried for him) and this traitor who hates everything, but not really. He's a great guy.

Sally Green is a genius. Seriously, I don't
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☙ percy ❧
Apr 24, 2018 marked it as nein-nein-nein  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blacklist
this might be good, but i'm not reading it. sally green is one of my blacklisted authors.

and since i very, VERY rarely blacklist authors (usually i will read them but put their books on my coveted "author-is-a-dick-but-good-writer" shelf) that is saying a LOT. literally the ONLY other person i can think of is the author of Handbook for Mortals, who bought her way onto the bestseller list.

if you're interested, this is why. (contains spoilers for Half Lost)
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Anybody know the little known book/television series "Game of Thrones"? If you know of the series, do you remember the Red Wedding? Well, if you could make a book with all the action and emotions of that episode.....this would be that book.

Do not get me wrong, both this book and that series are vastly different but I could not help but feel those same emotions from that episode while reading this book.

First, with fair warning, I have to recommend to keep reading if you are finding it slow in t
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ 3.7 Stars

I recieved a proof copy in exchange for an honest review.

Buddy read with Imi

I hardly ever give middling ratings like this but TST was too good for 3.5 but not quite a 4? Despite a slightly unwieldy first page (it started out with dialogue, which I’m personally not that fond of), it did develop into an intriguing novel with likeable characters and very interesting plotlines.

These characters are a handful of character archetypes (princess, knight, servant, etc) taken from a European
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Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
I wanted this to be so much better than it was. RTC.
Zoë ☆
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I really liked this book!
The world was so complex, but that also made it really interesting to read about!
I really liked the five different POV's, though it took me a while to get used to it. After the first 100 pages I was really confused about who was who and what they wanted etc., but after a while I got it again! :)
The story was full of betrayal, thievery and fighting, but also romance which was cool! I really began to care for some of the characters.

I am really curious about the rest of th
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wondered when I finished the “Half Bad” series how on earth Sally Green would follow that up with anything even close to it’s addictive brilliance – turns out that wasn’t even a problem as she brings us “The Smoke Thieves” a multi-layered character drama set in a politically unstable fantasy world.

Five teenagers, their fates inextricably linked, even though they don’t yet know it, forms the heart of the plot. All of them have their own fascinatingly intriguing background and the author slowly
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK for giving me this book to review

Smoke Thieves is a really good high fantasy novel with adventure, political intrigue and demons. I really like the five different point of views and how their stories started off as mostly separate but connected by the end. It was fast paced, and I felt like the world building was pretty solid as I understood the different cultures of the countries, especially Brigant and Pitoria.

Catherine is intelligent and driven
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Umut Reviews
Overall, it was an enjoyable read most of the time, but I think it has lots of gaps to be a great series than an average one. I see very mixed reviews on Goodreads too. For now I’m guessing I enjoyed it enough to continue to the series. And I’m very curious because of the big cliff hanger ending 🙂
What I liked about the book:
1. We start the book with Princess Catherine, who was the character which hooked me all the way through. A part of the story is quite ordinary with kingdoms, princes, power w
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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ukya, review-books
It's been a long time since I read a fantasy book, and I don't think I've ever read one with this many perspectives before, and I have to admit: I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it!

Yeah, yeah, the pacing could have been amped up a little bit, but I thought all of the different perspective were necessary, and there wasn't anything overly complicated about the story. I wish the characters had been a bit quicker on the uptake too, as it felt like we were in the mode of exposition for a lot l
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Power, war, adventure, magic, loyalty.

AUDIOBOOK

I listened to this as an audiobook after several false-starts with the book itself (which I got in a subscription box). The audiobook is amazing, the narrators did an excellent job and really brought the characters to life with their performances. I feel that this is a book that's meant to be heard rather than read.

This is a brilliant story once you get into it. Yes, it starts slow, and stays slow for a while, but once it picks up the pace
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Brenda Waworga
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is super slow.. I feel like im running in the mud when I read this book, I want this to be fast read but instead its dragging me… the main problem why it happened because of the writing style, its too simple to my liking! I mean I like simple writing style but this one felt almost like middle grade style but with a lot of CURSES, plus there are 5 POVs on this book and I ussualy love multiple point of views but  the characters here are one dimentional, I felt nothing to any of them and ...more
Katherine Moore
'The Smoke Thieves' had me thoroughly captivated as soon as I started to read it, and I can honestly say I didn't want to be interrupted at all once I fell into this brilliant medieval fantasy that author Sally Green has created. Woven around five main characters, from different walks of life, a story deepens to reveal a war between different kingdoms, an impending royal marriage, forbidden love, long-held family secrets, and the real reason why demon smoke is so sought-after.

The main characters
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Juan Manuel Sarmiento
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Este inicio de trilogía es una historia MUY diferente a lo que nos mostró la autora con su saga de Una vida oculta. Por lo que si quieres leer Los Ladrones de Humo esperando algo parecido a El Lado Oscuro, quizás te lleves una pequeña decepción. Eso no significa que sea una mala novela, solo que igual no es para todos los públicos. Pero si te gustan los tipos de historias que mencioné antes, entonces te recomiendo echarle un vistazo, tanto si conocías a la autora como si no.

Prepárate para encont
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never read any books by Sally Green, but after reading Smoke Thieves, I should probably rectify that problem! I absolutely loved this book.
The Smoke Thieves is a high fantasy revolving around several characters, similar to the setup of Falling Kingdoms. The characters are all interesting and it is gratifying when they all start to meet up near the end. In particular, I loved Catherine, who is a strong woman in a very male dominant society, and I loved seeing her come into her own, although
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Hi - I'm Sally Green. I'm the author of the real-world/ fantasy Half Bad Trilogy, which is made up of Half Bad, Half Wild and Half Lost. Most people read them in that order but there's always a few who don't. Many people who read them are teenagers but there's a lot who aren't.

I'm currently working on a new series called The Smoke Thieves, which is due to be published in spring 2018 and is definit
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