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The Burning Kingdoms

(The Smoke Thieves #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  79 reviews
The heart-pounding conclusion to the daring Smoke Thieves trilogy.

In this conclusion to the epic Smoke Thieves trilogy, the world has erupted into all-out war. King Aloysius is mining powerful demon smoke and using it to fuel an unstoppable army of children. March, now banished for treason, has joined up with this boy army. Forbidden from ever seeing Edyon again, and overw
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Feb 12, 2020 marked it as maybe
This cover is making me worry—
❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)
This cover is giving me anxiety
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a trilogy and this is the last book in the series.

The book picks up right after the ending of the last book.

Catherine is Queen of Pitoria after lying about her marriage to King Tzsayn, who is injured and she is left to run the country. Ambrose injured but cannot see Catherine. Tash is still stuck demon tunnels. Edyon is now a prince after finding his father but misses March even after he betrayed him. March decides to try help Edyon by joining the boy army to get inside knowledge
I really don’t know how this happened. I’m just super disappointed because I really really enjoyed Smoke Thieves and I enjoyed The Demon World... but this?

Everything, literally EVERYTHING was so painfully convenient. The ending just happened so quickly, the characters I loved were just, I don’t really know.

1 Star for Tzsayn because he’s the best character and 1 star for Catherine making the right choice and being a strong female character.

This is probably one of my most disappointing reads of th
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, thank you so much Penguin Books and PuffinBooks for providing an e-copy of this book.

It’s always a bittersweet feeling when one of your favourite series is over. This book was definitely my most awaited release of this year. I picked up The Smoke Thieves by chance and I didn’t know I would be this blown away by this story. The ending did not disappoint me.

The characters created by Sally Green will creep inside your heart and they will never leave you. I have no other way to expre
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*

This is a very good underrated series, and the end of the series does an excellent job of wrapping things up. The large cast of characters at first confused me, because I have a hard time remembering names and places once we get past for main characters, but Green does an excellent job keeping things straight, so I was able to follow along and get to a place where I knew who everyone was and keep connections straight. Going into this third book I was really concerned
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Review: 4 Stars

I was really excited to get a review copy of The Burning Kingdoms, which is the conclusion to The Smoke Thieves trilogy. I really love this series and I feel like it is a great example of how multiple points of view and plot lines can be done really well. In each book in the series every character's POV has its own plot line and they all converge to create a stunning finale in each book. When I first got a
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent an arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This was much stronger than the second book, it gripped me straight away when it took me nearly halfway through The Demon World to get truly invested.
The thing that caused me a lot of annoyance in the last book was Catherine and Ambrose and while it was still there it wasn't as overwhelming plot-wise this time. Ambrose is still my least favourite character but at least he started to grow up near the end. His influen
The Smoke Thieves was one of my surprise favourite reads of 2018. I hadn’t heard anything about it before I snagged a copy, but from the first page I was hooked. I loved everything about it, and frequently recommended it to high fantasy fans. In fact, thanks to the series’ perfect balance of political intrigue, dark magic and an intriguing ensemble cast scattered across a continent, I likened it to the glory days of Game of Thrones. The second book was just as strong, and the final book of the s ...more
Lucy May-Coulson
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Ok, so I’m sad to say this is the last book and I’m going to miss these books and characters so much. I love this series so much. I thought this was a fitting tribute to a great trilogy, it goes out with a bang and is even better than the second book. As always I love Sally’s use of multiple POV , she is so talented at them, each voice is unique and you can tell each character apart. No spoilers here, because you need to read these for yourself, but this is one of my favourite reads this year. A ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
That was... unfortunate.
Jasmine Burt
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable ending to the trilogy.

Tash was still my favourite character and March and Edyon my favourite romance. I was quite shocked with what happened with the love triangle, though really I should have seen that coming.
I love the relationship Tash has with Geratan, they care for each other like when she thought she had lost him she cried she thinks of him like a big brother and it is so sweet.
Tracy Griffin
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
So good.
I'll be reading this again in 2021. Along with the The Smoke Thieves and The Demon World.
Elpida (hopenwonders)
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great conclusion to a really good fantasy series. I love how action packed it was and that our main characters got the ending they deserved. It was fast paced and a really quick read overall. One complaint that I have is that the ending felt a bit rushed. I would have liked it to have been more drawn out and for us to have spent some more time with the characters and maybe gotten to know some of the new ones that were introduced in this one. But all in all, I still very much enjoyed it, the wr ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
GAAAAAHHHHHH I JUST FINISHED THIS SERIES AND HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS!!!! 😭 😭 😭 I can only hope I’ll remember everything and do this book justice

When I first picked up the first book I had such high hopes for the series because of the intriguing premise, and although the book took a MUCH different direction than what I thought it would (I had no idea it was a high European Medieval fantasy), it still far surpassed even my high expectations.

Once again this book, like the first one, gri
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A perfect conclusion to an excellent high fantasy series.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2020

The finale to the Smoke Thieves trilogy felt a bit off to me. I cannot put the finger on what was not right or why I didn't love it as much as first two books but it is a fact that I kind of stop caring about most of characters. Still, it is a very solid fantasy withamy characters, great politics, war and interesting fantasy elements.
Annie (Annie's Readingtips)
“Fight to the death and then keep on fighting.”

The Burning Kingdoms is the third book and conclusion to the wonderful and adventurous The Smoke Thieves series that takes place in a fantasy world that resembles Game of Thrones quite a bit, with fights for power, wars between kingdoms and a magic twist with demons and the hunting for demon smoke.

Just like the previous two books, The Burning Kingdoms was a fast and easy read with action throughout; with the all-out war that has erupted and the
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
This serie had it all: War, treason, an unknown component (demons in this case), secret love, love triangle, breaking gender barriers, and gays.

But it still let me down.

I was unable to relate to any of the characters. I found them all very flat and I was missing believable motives for people's action. For example the romance seemed to be focused on how attractive people were and how noble they were. But that is a crush. Not 'the love of my life'-love. Yes, I am looking at you, Catherine.
I do
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series so much!✨
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come
Sifa Poulton
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
THE BURNING KINGDOMS is a book that summaries my feelings about the whole trilogy - this is a series with such potential to be engaging and epic and amazing, but falls rather flat in the execution.

It's a fun enough read, and I did blitz through it in a day, but I was left wanting so much more from the book (and series) by the ending. The enemy are incredibly powerful and the heroes are scatted, divided (not quite leaderless) at the start, and you know going in that this whole book is racing towa
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Admit it: everybody–yes, everybody–who has ever dyed their hair has done the exact same thing as Geratan–dye it, put on a hat, and then dramatically rip it off in front of everybody. The only proper way to reveal your new hair color, if you ask me.

All of my fellow book bloggers and readers know the feeling that comes along with finishing the final book in a series. It’s like reuniting with an old friend, only to have them leave you. No matter what, though, their memory will live on in you foreve
A.R. Collins
As I start my review, I haven't yet decided how to rate this conclusion of the trilogy. I read it fairly quickly, engaged by Green's writing and these characters who speak to me. I did think that their stories felt rather too separate, with the five of them splitting up again and only Ambrose providing a link between two (which is by no means all) of the strands. The characters being separate worked well in The Smoke Thieves when they didn't actually know each other, and they started to come tog ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
i liked tash.

the plot wasn't too complex. we had one good side versus a very clear "bad guy." harold was almost as evil as his brother boris, and his only motivation was to destroy and be evil. (also what's with their weird obsession with their sister.) i would definitely say that the characters carried the book.

catherine: as someone who grew up with literal maniacs, she turned out to be pretty decent. catherine has to overcome the many, many challenges of ruling a warring kingdom, keeping her
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of the book in return for an honest review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the opportunity.

The Smoke Thieves is a fantasy trilogy and you will need to read the first two books to make sense of this, the final book. Written from the perspectives of five characters whose lives intertwine, the point of view rotates from chapter to chapter.

Tash is a thirteen year old and has been raised as a hunter of illegal demon smoke, which can only be obtained by kil
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
I confess, I skipped book 1 and 2. The last book looked like it would have a lot of action, so I jumped right to it.
Having little to no knowledge of what happened in the previous books I had little to no trouble in figuring things out. Wierd no?

The "Queen" of Pitoria. In order to save Tzsayn from her father's clutches, she told a little white lie to the kingdom of Pitoria.
She is fiery and determined. Nothing stops her from getting things done.

I was intrigued about his burn sca
While I don't like to be the miserable old sod, I'm not going to lie; this was one difficult read for me. I loved The Smoke Thieves because it was a fun, if slightly generic, YA fantasy that held a lot of promise. Sadly this ending felt... Off. Almost as if it had been written by another author on a very short deadline. The characters didn't seem the same, nor did the writing engage me anywhere near the levels of that first book. While I devoured Smoke Thieves, I had to force myself to finish th ...more
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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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