The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – Book Review

Green, S - The Smoke ThievesI received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย  โ€“ Minor spoilers but will not give away the plot.

Somewhere between Throne of Glass & A Song of Ice and Fire, The Smoke Thieves is Game of Thrones through a heavy YA-lense. Itโ€™s Game of Thrones-Lite, if you will.

Although I must admit the writing style and execution is not really anywhere near as flawless as George R. R. Martinโ€™s, Green writes a brilliant, if archetypical, fantasy world and some really solid characters. I really, wholeheartedly enjoyed this book because it recalled to me the chaos and intrigue of Martinโ€™s books only with fewer confusing complex layers. It has a similar format of varying perspectives and plot devices/points but with less* cursing and bloody gore and no explicit sexual content.

*I say less because there is some. F-bombs and heads in boxes and the like.

I found the demon hunting and smoke aspect really interesting (I actually wish it had been explored more/been a more central point of the story) and love Gravell and Tashโ€™s relationship and banter. Edyon had some funny moments that had me laughing out loud too and generally I liked how all the characters wove together eventually. I also felt that all the characters at least had a purpose in the story even if they werenโ€™t especially well fleshed out.

I think we may have been able to survive with one less perspective as the story was quite thinly spread but that wasnโ€™t a big deal really. More obstacles on the characterโ€™s various journey would have gone a long way to achieving this. I was not a huge fan of either of the love interests โ€“ I mean Edyon & March had the edge over Ambrose & Catherine but both just kind of felt like it was happening simply because the other person was there. Iโ€™d have bought into two very strong platonic relationships more, or even a platonic one for Ambrose & Catherine that was misunderstood and a hate-love for Edyon and March that had the two of them bonding over never being good enough just because of the circumstances of their births, which is where I thought she was going with it but then she totally just kept saying how good looking they both were. I’m really shipping Catherineโ€™s arranged marriage working out if Iโ€™m honest, Prince Tarzan (not his real name but that’s what I called him)ย  seemed like a cool guy.

I think what was really missing from this, that GoT and other great fantasy has, is doubt about the motivations of the “bad guys”. In GoT, it’s all grey areas and second-guessing and mistrust and tests of loyalty and wanting at least one person on every side to win, even if the others don’t – whereas this was very black and white, but I guess being YA that makes sense and fits the genre but is still a personal preference.

Overall, I liked it and will read the sequel but only because Iโ€™m holding out hope for some great character development from our two royals.

23 thoughts on “The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – Book Review

  1. Great review, I absolutely love and enjoy this book and I totally understand your points in the book. Plus I really liked Prince Tarzan as well. lol, I am really glad you like it enough to continue on reading the sequel. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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