Title – The Smoke Thieves
Author – Sally Green
Rating – 5/5
Release Date – May 1st, 2018
Publisher – Viking
Format – ARC from publisher
A princess. A traitorous soldier. A servant. A demon hunter. A thief. These five lives are changed by a single bottle of demon smoke, an illegal but sought-after substance. The world is on the brink of war and everyone thinks they can avoid it but with that comes a complicated tangle of politics, alliances, and love. The truth will come out. The truth will cause chaos.
The book’s plot is so difficult to describe because it’s 500 pages of pure and exciting goodness. There is always something going on and even when the pace slows it is crucial to pay attention because of the little details. The novel is so action-packed and battle scenes hit you out of nowhere and are over just as fast. The whole book was exhilarating as you read through the perfectly crafted five different perspectives and try to piece together everything as they do.
This book makes me fell how only Sarah J. Maas’ books make me feel, and that is saying A LOT. I completely fell head over heels for the characters, the world, and the story. This book is way up there on my favourites list with Sarah J. Maas’ books.
Ugh, I am SUCH a sucker for royalty and politics in books and this book gave me huge doses of both of those things. I am actually obsessed with this book, help. The politics part of the story was enhanced further by the snippets of royal documents at the beginning of Catherine’s perspective; I adored that bit!
Okay, so now on to all of the amazing characters. There are so many though, so I will keep this brief. Tash and Gravell weren’t characters we got much of but they’re pretty cool (especially Tash) and I loved how they care so much about one another. Edyon and March are hilarious and their relationship, emotions, and thoughts, are so unexpected which makes their perspectives so much fun to read from. Catherine is so amazing because her intelligence is her strength which I really respect. Her maids were fun to read about as well because they seem so kind!
Here’s my paragraph dedicated to my new book boyfriends (because yes, I need more). These are the first fictional boys since Azriel that I absolutely adore. Tarquin didn’t show up much in the story but his love for his brother Ambrose (who I’ll talk about later) made my heart so happy and made me love his character so much more. He is so kind and caring from what I could tell; I wish we got more from him and that I could hug him forever. I feel the exact same about Ambrose and Prince Tzsayn; they’re all angels and I want to give them all a hug that lasts forever aha. Also, just saying, Prince Tzsayn if you need a princess…I’ll be here. Guys help. I already have gone through enough pain and feels with Sarah J. Maas’ books, I don’t need this book to deal with too ahhh.
The plot twists in this book really tore at my heart because they were so unexpected. As if the characters didn’t cause enough feels, the plot came in and broke my heart. Thank you so very much for all this bookish pain Sally Green, much appreciated haha.
I am seriously obsessed with this book and I need more. It literally cured me of all the slumps I’ve been experiencing in my life for the longest time (reading slump, Bookstagram slump, general life slump, etc.). AHHHHH I CAN”T EVEN DESCRIBE MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK. Sorry not sorry for the caps, I’m just so excited that I’ve found another book that makes me feel the way Sarah J. Maas’ books do because I thought I’d never find a book that did that! You guys seriously all have to pick this book up and let me know what you think! Also, is it too far of a stretch to hope that this book turns into a series close to or even the same length of the Throne of Glass series? That would be amazing, TAKE ALL MY MONEY.
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