Hello and happy Monday you guys! I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend and are ready for this new week! 🙂
For today’s post, I’ll be telling you guys about a recent release that I got sent a copy of last month: The Demon World, the sequel to Sally Green’s The Smoke Thieves!
I was so happy and excited when I got the email about getting a copy early to read and review as I enjoyed The Smoke Thieves and couldn’t wait to find out how the story was going to unfold in the sequel.
With this review, I’ve done my best to keep it spoiler free so even if you haven’t read the sequel yet, you can still check out this review. I also reviewed The Smoke Thieves on the blog last year if you want my thoughts on that. 🙂
And since this is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anyone with the plot of it, here’s the synopsis for The Smoke Thieves instead and you can decide if this sounds like a trilogy you would be interested in.
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.
Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize? (via Goodreads.com)
And now, let’s talk about what I did and didn’t enjoy about The Demon World and as I said, this will be spoiler free!
Things I Liked
One of my complaints about The Smoke Thieves last year was that we didn’t learn enough about the demons/their world and I’m so, so happy we got to dive much deeper into them for the sequel! Even though I’m usually not the biggest fan of world building or the histories of different creatures, I truly found myself enjoying the time we spent learning more and I can’t wait to see how what we learned here is going to play into the finale of this trilogy.
Thanks to my not-so-great memory I often don’t remember much about characters and plots once I’ve finished a book, so going into The Demon World I knew I would do a reread of book 1 and you guys, I’m so glad I did because it reintroduced me to how awesome Catherine is as a character. From the first book she’s someone who is a quick thinker. She wants to be more than just a princess/figurehead. And that’s exactly what she gets to do in the sequel. I love that she’s not afraid to take/demand power. Everyone better watch out for what she’s going to get up to in book 3!
Me, someone who (as just mentioned) doesn’t enjoy worldbuilding, really enjoys whenever we get to travel with our characters through their world and learn more about different places and cultures (aka why Throne Of Glass was such a fun series as we got to see the world grow and grow some more with each book) was so happy that this was once again part of this trilogy. The traveling never feels boring or drawn out which I highly appreciate and works towards me enjoying the traveling!
Something I absolutely love in fantasy novels though is politics. Give me lords who are unwilling to accept someone new in power. Give me backstabbing. Give me quick thinking characters who aren’t afraid to take control and I’ll be over here eating it all up. That’s exactly what we got here and I was so happy once I realized that there would be more politics at play than I expected. This also gives different characters time to shine which is always a plus!
A character I didn’t think I would grow to love as much as I ended up doing was Tash, our demon hunter. She’s the youngest in the group by a few years and the things she’s had to deal with in this book alone are heartbreaking. She’s such a kind hearted girl and my heart was both breaking for what she had to deal with but it was also really and truly heartwarming to see her more caring side. Which, in the end just lead to more heartbreak but what did I expect. xD
Overall, I finished this book quite quickly once I started reading because I was so wrapped up in the story and wanted to know what happens next. But then we got to the last 50 or so pages and I didn’t want to stop long enough to take notes or tab scenes – I just wanted to know what happened next. And it was quite the set up for book 3, let me tell you. I’m just sad that it’s going to be another year until I get to find out how this story wraps up.
Things I Didn’t Like
One of my biggest issues with this sequel is that between the end of The Smoke Thieves and the end of The Demon World we, kind of, haven’t moved along in the plot as much as I thought we would have. Most of what happened in this book was absolutely neccessary for the plot and to get to book 3, so I’m not really complaining – I just thought we would have gotten a bit further.
The one thing I would really complain about is the fact that Edyon is the biggest magnet for trouble and it kind of never changes. If there is ever a chance for something to go wrong and Edyon is near, you can bet money on the fact that something most definitely will. This boy is really, really unlucky. xD
Lastly, I quickly want to talk about March. He starts off this trilogy with one goal and early on starts feeling conflicted about said goal and everything related to it. He struggles with what he should do about it and the annoying thing is, that for the majority of two books he is still dealing with that conflict. One of my biggest pet peeves is when characters don’t communicate with each other which comes into play here too. I understand why he feels the way he does to a certain extend, but it just keeps being dragged out and I didn’t enjoy or care for that at all.
Overall, despite having a few issues with this sequel, I think The Demon World was a great continuation of the overall story and the things unravel at the end, I’m certain book 3 will be as great, if not better! I’m honestly so glad that I decided to continue with this trilogy as rereading book 1 and then reading this right after reminded me just how much I actually enjoy this trilogy and story and I’ll always be thankful for that!
If you guys haven’t picked up this book or the previous one, make sure that you do – I would definitely highly recommend them both.
Rating & Release Date
The Demon World got a very, very solid 4 star rating from me and is available in both the US and the UK as of now!
Have any of you guys read The Smoke Thieves or The Demon World before? If so, what did you think? Or are either/both of them on your TBR already? Let me know in the comments down below!
Once again, thank you to the publisher for sending a copy my way, I really and truly appreciated it. My review of the book isn’t influenced by that.