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YA Fantasy | The Smoke Thieves | Sally Green

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The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green sets the foundation for this YA fantasy series and in my opinion does it really well!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters as they’ve made their way to Pitoria and excited to see what happens in the next story now they’re all together.

The Smoke Thieves Sally Green

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6566 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0775GQGMM

Available to purchase in digital, hardcover, paperback and audio formats.

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.

Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.

Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block.

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 five 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?


The perfect new YA fantasy series for fans of The Red QueenGame of Thrones and Sarah J Maas.


There is so much to enjoy in this story (and not just for the intended YA audience).

With five heroes being led to a pivotal time and place you may be thinking you would get ‘lost’ in each narration but you would be wrong.  Sally Green has given her lead characters different roles and very different voices so it’s easy to stay with the narration you’re reading and pick it up again when the time comes.   I’ve enjoyed each one and although I don’t have a favourite character, Catherine is awesome.  Always questioning directives, her determination and initiative make for some entertaining as well as heartbreaking scenes.  She is on the brink of growing into a formidable leader who will gain loyalty and love because she puts people first.  I loved the banter between Tash and her boss Gravell, this relationship caused me laughter and tears.  Having five different places with all the associated customs and people makes for an interesting read.

There’s plenty happening on the separate quests and each of our characters find out more about themselves as they face and overcome challenges.  Themes include sexual identity/orientation, a love triangle, forbidden love, war/assassins, betrayals, tyranny, court intrigue, secrets and prejudice.

Demon smoke is the one thing that draws them together.  Leaving our heroes at the start of the plateau, I’m intrigued as to where the story will go next.  I’m thinking there’s a different perspective to come on this, that it’s not what we understand on the surface of things… I’m looking forward to finding out more about the world of the demons (hopefully we will!).

If you’re looking to get stuck into a new trilogy this could be exactly what you’re looking for.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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