Smoke Thieves Summary
A shrewd princess whose father is plotting against her. A loyal servant on a quest to avenge his family. A streetwise demon smoke hunter in desperate need of money. A charming thief whom everyone is hunting. They are four teenagers whose lives would never intersect, until a war between kingdoms bubbles up, and the dangerous truth about demon smoke intertwines all their fates. It’s a tangled web of political intrigue, shifting alliances, and forbidden love, in a world where sometimes no amount of magic can keep you safe.
Smoke Thieves by Sally Green features an array of characters that are range from strong to fun to lovable. Each one has a unique voice and face obstacles that change their characters over the course over the plot and make them question their decisions.
Smoke Thieves is the first book in the Smoke Thieves Series and is very much character driven. Greene shines in developing characters that are impossible not to fall in love with. You will root for each one of them even as they make questionable decisions, fall in with nefarious company and even as you question their intent (Demon World comes out Tuesday, August 6th).
Catherine and Edyon were my two favorite characters, with Tash a close third, in Smoke Thieves and complete opposites of each other.
Catherine is a strong-willed determined princess who is meant to marry a prince she has never met by a dictator father. She is surrounded by cruel men including her brother, Boris and an executor, Noyes that are determined to make her cower. However, Catherine finds strength and a place in her new country Pitoria as they undermine her every step of the way.
Edyon is a naïve but intelligent boy raised without a father. Limited in his options, he has become a bit of a kleptomaniac trying to fill many voids. Missing a father figure, unable to study law and having a mother lacking understanding of his situation, Edyon finds nothing but trouble throughout his days. A gifted liar and a terrible thief, Edyon has no idea what his heritage is, nor why, on one of the most bizarre days of his, or I believe, anyone’s life, three people are suddenly very interested in befriending him.
Throw in two brilliantly paired demon hunters (Tash, the young spunky girl, paired with the older, protective Gravell) and Princess Catherine’s loyal, personal guard that ultimately collide after a series of wonderfully cultivated twists, surprises and mishaps? You have a recipe for an exciting set-up for Green’s latest series.
Sally Green lives in Cheshire, England. She has had various jobs from her first paper-round to a career as an accountant, but in 2010 she started writing a novel and that changed her life. She still runs most days despite several attempts to give it up.