I thank Netgalley for providing me the E-ARC for an honest review.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Genre : Fantasy ,Young Adult .
Published on :3 May 2018
Plot: A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief. Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Five nations destined for conflict. In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block. 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 five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.
I was overwhelmed when I knew that I received the ARC of this book as it’s one of the anticipated releases of May. Well talking about the book , I will say I loved the book to a great extent ,but the book lacked at some points as well. Smoke Thieves is a Historical Fantasy based in Medieval times. The story is narrated by 5 POV’s ,different characters take the story forward linking three countries called Pitoria, Calidor and Brigant.
I provide you a sketch of the 5 characters :
~Catherine ,Princess of Brigant who is supposed to marry Prince of Pitoria as a political alliance.
~Ambrose ,Royal Guard of Brigant who is in love with Catherine.
~Edynon,Illegitimate son of Prince of Calidor.
~March ,Abask survivor and servant of Prince of Calidor.
~Tash , Demon Hunter and collector of Demon smoke .
Talking about the characters, they take the story forward but sometimes I felt the POV’s were so lengthy especially March’s as his POV was the most tedious. The POV’s at first were a bit mind-boggling as it was a bit hard to keep one’s facts straight. The five POV’s added perspective to the story but it is a bit boring. The book was so stretched that I was almost tempted to drop the book, but I couldn’t because it was an ARC which I just had to read. I think the author would have done a good job if she had cut some POV’s and made it shorter by 100 pages or so. Nevertheless the first half of the book was amazing and engrossing , the middle part slacked but the book picked up momentum again near the end , which is the reason for me giving 4 Stars. The book focused a lot on world building and character development . And I think the author promises more in the other books of the series and has deliberately kept many things under wraps. What I loved was the POV’s of Catherine and Ambrose and would love to know how they end up. I also loved how their lives were intertwined despite them being in different countries. I loved the world as it was alluring and fascinating. With an abrupt ending , I just can’t wait to read more of the series.All- in -all , an enjoyable read but I am sure some would find it hard to get through it. I would definitely be keen to read more from the author, because I really loved this one in spite of its shortcomings and it managed to grip me in a way only really good books do.
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