I first received an arc of The Smoke Thieves in an Illumicrate box. I’m so glad they included this book as I love historical fiction and I don’t get to read many. This one is set in a time that reminded me of medieval times. I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to continuing the series.
So if you don’t know what it’s about then here is the synopsis from goodreads:
A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.
In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. 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 four 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?
So this book intrigued me as it had demons in it and I hardly see books with demons at the moment. And although we didn’t see a lot of the demons or their world what was mentioned about them was really intriguing and I hope we get to see more in the next book.
The story has 5 different points of view and although it can be a bit confusing at the beginning I really enjoyed all the different characters perspective and it gave a much wider view of the world as we got to see things we wouldn’t have been able to see if we had only seen the story develop from only one of their perspectives. And it was interesting to see how each of their individual stories intertwined together as they each had a piece of the mystery that is hinted at throughout the book.
I enjoyed reading from each of the characters perspectives but my favourite was definitely Catherine. She grew up in a place that doesn’t give women any rights, yet she makes the best of her situation. She is betrothed to a prince from another country without ever seeing him or even being given the chance to agree to the marriage but she decides to learn what she can about the country so that she can be a real queen and actually make a difference.
I also loved that the characters were complex, they all had character development throughout the book and they made mistakes, they doubted themselves and they learned from their mistakes and grew. I really love seeing characters like that as it makes them more relatable.
The beginning of the story has a lot of world building as we see so much from each characters point of view so I felt it was a little slow to start with but once you get into the story I was completely engrossed and invested in the story. I really loved how well the world was developed in the book. We learn so much about the world. Not just the way it looks but also customs and the way people dress and the differences between the countries and the history of why the world is this way. It was so well done as I didn’t feel like it was just info dumping but actually part of and relevant to the story.
The suspense build up was done really well too. We also get lots of hints and there’s a lot of suspense building up to the ending and it kept me wanting to read just one more chapter so I could piece the puzzle together!
I think the only thing I didn’t like much was the hints at a love triangle developing. And that it was a little slow at the beginning but overall I really enjoyed the story and the ending left me wanting more! I just need to know what will happen next because once we find out everything that is happening just woah! I cannot wait to see what the five of them will do.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts!