Its Sunday and that means that it is time for another book review. Today it is the turn of one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2018, The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green. Let’s do this!
I will be 100% honest with you and admit that I knew basically nothing about this book going into it, except that it was written by Sally Green (the author of the Half Bad trilogy, which I love). I don’t think that I even bothered to read the blurb. I saw Sally Green’s name on it and I had to have it. so I was ecstatic when I received and ARC of it in the last Illumicrate box (I think that I may have actually squealed when I saw it). and you know what, I am glad that I knew so little about this book, as it was so different from anything that I was expecting. This is a very unusual story.
Green has managed to create a very complex world. I had assumed that this book would be set in our world, most likely in modern times, like her previous trilogy was. And so it was a bit of a surprise to me when I was suddenly thrown into the very complex and well written world. I was so impressed with what a rich history this world is shown to have, I really loved it. It made the world feel much more real. my only real issue with the world is that there is a certain element of it (if you have read the book you will know what I am talking about) that is not explained. At all. It is just very weird and not questioned. I need answers damn it! why is this thing a thing?!? (sorry, trying to avoid spoilers).
But I also really liked the storyline. I am so curious as to where the story is going to go throughout the rest of the series/trilogy (I don’t know which it will be). It was really interesting to see how all the different storylines weaved together and intertwined. I really enjoyed watching everything come together. And seeing, what is probably going to be the best group of companions, come together and find out how they are all connected.
Speaking of the characters, I really liked them. they are the only part of the story that really reminded me of Half Bad. Green is brilliant at writing really diverse and complex characters. I loved how interesting each individual character was. Each one had their own distinct personality. I loved that there were different ages, different sexualities, different skin tones. Different people. Each character was unique and not a carbon copies of one another. And they were realistic. They over think and over analysis, but they also care and feel and are humours. I don’t know, I just think Green writes brilliant characters.
My issue with this book however was that I didn’t feel like I really got to know any of the characters. because each chapter was from a different perspective and their where 5 perspectives, I just never felt like I got to spend enough time with any of the characters to actually connect with them. it just jumped around a lot. Each character was in a different place, so one chapter I would be in a royal castle, the next in a dark inn on the other side of the continent. It was just a bit hard to keep up and to remember who was who. I am really hoping that as the series progresses we get to spend more time with characters and get to know them all better. I am hoping now that the group is together, that will happen.
But all in all, it was so nice to have one of Green’s books back in my hands. I did really enjoy this book, even if it did take me a really long time to read it.
4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you any of Sally Green’s books? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.