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The Demon World

(The Smoke Thieves #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  26 reviews
The epic, magical saga of royalty, romance, and violence continues.

A princess. A soldier. A servant. A demon hunter. A thief. When we last saw them, this unlikely group was heading into the Northern Territory of the kingdom of Pitoria, on the run from the sadistic and power-hungry King Aloysius of Brigant. The Smoke Thieves have discovered that demon smoke is not only an i
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published May 2nd 2019)
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With Prince Tzsayn captured by the Catherine's family Catherine, Ambrose, Tash, Edyon and March all find themselves fleeing for their lives and as the Brigantine army closes in they're forced into making desperate decisions in order to survive. As the group ends up separated once more they all have different paths to follow that are equally fraught with danger.

Sometimes the second book in a trilogy suffers from second book syndrome and ends up falling a little flat compared to the first but that
Zoë ☆
Aug 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Six of Crows meets Game of Thrones in this spell-binding epic fantasy series. For my review of book one of the series, click here.

In the final few chapters of The Smoke Thieves Catherine, Ambrose, Tash, March and Edyon managed to come together to help one another. But now, war, demons and deceit threaten to tear them apart as they flee the Brigantine army. Split up once again, Tash traverses the dangerous tunnels of the demon world while Catherine and Ambrose attempt to prove their loyalty to t
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demon World picks up right where Smoke Thieves leaves off. Each character having suffered tremendous loss or the uncertainty of possible loss, while still harbouring secrets of their own.

Full review at Spoilers for Smoke Thieves Only

Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart is broken big time. The ending left me in a massive hangover and I need book three right now.
A.R. Collins
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to this sequel, and mindful that there was every chance I wouldn't enjoy it as much as The Smoke Thieves, so overall I wasn't disappointed. It was a bit disappointing when the characters split up again after spending the whole of the first book coming together, but that isn't worth a lengthy grumble.

What a cruel cliffhanger! That is, I hope and believe it's a cliffhanger and not the conclusion to one of the story threads; that would not make sense as an artistic decision. A
Alisha Tarran
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
When I read The Smoke Thieves last year I completely loved it, and The Demon World has been one of my most anticipated sequels of the year so I can finally see what happens next! While I did enjoy this every bit as much as the first book, I couldn't help but be a little bit disappointed simply because we spent the last book watching everyone come together so I was excited to see them all teaming up again in this book...but it's not long before they all end up separated again and I couldn't help ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
'The Demon World' by Sally Green is the follow-up to last year's 'The Smoke Thieves'. I had a rocky relationship with the first book in this fantasy series. There were some aspects of the plot that I really enjoyed and it definitely finished on a high note but I had issues with the use of multiple narrators making the story feel slightly disjointed and the overall slow pace of the book. I therefore approached the sequel with some trepidation, although I was intrigued to see how Green was going t ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent an arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
I have mixed feelings on this one, I loved the Smoke Thieves and I've been looking forward to it's sequel since I finished it. This took me awhile for me to get into, I found it quite slow in the beginning and I didn't start getting invested in the story and characters again until about 150ish pages.
I think the main problem for me was Catherine and Ambrose's relationship, I don't like the effect that being around Ambro
Warnings: physical violence and war

Rep: Two of the main characters are queer; also has a WoC main character

With our group of main characters narrowly escaping the siege at the northern stronghold, they escape into the Northern Plains to outrun their Brigantine pursuers. Necessity takes them into the demon tunnels, where the others, too, discover how unusual it is. Tash herself gets a chance to explore more of it, and comes away with more questions that she wants to try to answer. As their paths
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ecopy of this book in return for an honest review. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity.

This is book two of what is planned to be a trilogy and to understand what is happening you are really going to need to read book one. This is a complex saga written for five different alternating viewpoints. Book one was the story of these five, very different characters being drawn together. Book two wrenches them all apart again.

Picking up immediately after the l
Hannah-lynette Hunter
This book contains one of the most powerful endings I’ve ever read. I start with it purely because it hit me like a freight train.
This is a book version of a game of chess. It’s clever, and always many paces ahead of the reader.
The characters we see perspectives from are the ones you will always want ‘just one more chapter with’.
The separation of characters that began in the final chapters of Smoke Thieves continues on in The Demon World. It’s well crafted and would make for powerful tv.
What I
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Oh my goodness that ending!

We have a continuation from "The Smoke Thieves" which isn't as hyped as it should be.
The concept is interesting enough (and this is coming from someone who doesn't normally read a lot of fantasy!)
I actually really enjoyed the sequel, and I enjoyed it more than the sequel.
I found myself laughing out loud several times, which I never would've thought I would do at this sort of book!
The dialogue is humorous and very well-written.
Sally Green has done it again for me!
I lov
Girl. Books. Wine.
Guys, guys, guys–what an incredible sequel to The Smoke Thieves! Just like with the first book, I had a really hard time putting this down. And, for the record, that’s something that rarely happens for me with middle books in trilogies. I usually just find them…blah. But not this time around!

First, my girl Catherine. Woooooooow. I lived for her chapters. The drama! The potential of a love triangle! (Is it a love triangle? Discuss!) Her character development! She went from a girl who had to sign
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored the first book, and I was not disappointed in any way this the second. Sally is an amazing writer, pulling you straight back into her world from the first page, it’s like I’d never left. I have a gigantic hole in my life now with that ending, I need book three yesterday. If you loved the smoke thieves you will love this, no spoilers but it’s another emotional ride, one you will have late nights with not wanting to put the book down and it’s well worth the trauma. Wonderful an ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was basically the only book I was looking forward to this year as I don't really keep up with what is being released. I read the first book last year twice, Sally Green is one of my favourite author and I was so ready for a book I loved but this fell quite flat for me. It definitely suffered middle book syndrome, not a lot happened and the characters weren't strong enough to make that okay. Still enjoyable but I'm giving this 3 stars. I was going to write a full review for this book but I t ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is the second installment of the smoke thieves series. At the end of the first book Princess Catherine learned that she had been betrayed by her father and was in great danger. The story continues where we learn of the lengths Catherine's father will go to in order to get hold of the purple demon smoke for his army of boys. We also find out more about the demon world - how it came about and what it is like to be there as Tash befriends and sets free a demon. Edyon and March continue their j ...more
Maria (miamaria_348)
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: läst-2019
Jag såg fram emot bok 2 i serien och som tur var kom den på Storytel den 1/8. Det är flera uppläsare precis som i första boken och jag gillar den här också. Det tog ett tag att komma ihåg vad alla höll på med men efter ett tag så flöt det på. Nu är det bara en bok kvar i serien och jag ser fram emot den.
Laura Reed
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having read The Smoke Thieves, this book was one of the books I was most looking forward to this year. Sally Green created wonderful characters that I could not forget, a world I did not want to leave. I enthused about The Smoke Thieves to any one who would listen. I can't in good conscience now review this book, support this book, or its author any longer.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a hot minute to remember who was who and what the politics of this world were but once I was ingrained in it again I was there. Like the first book, this is a slow burner but packed with action. Well told from multiple perspectives with some very interesting advances from the first book. I look forward to the next instalment cause I need to now how it’s all going to go down!
Abby Pechin
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! I enjoyed this follow up to The Smoke Thieves. It really keeps you reading to find out what happens to each character since the chapters usually end in a cliffhanger and then transition into another character. Enthralling!
Izzy Cartledge
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.
Jess Twibey
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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