The Burning Kingdoms

Part of Series:The Smoke Thieves #3
Published Date:25th Aug 2020
Publisher:Viking Books for Young Readers
Edition Language:English
Format:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:400 Pages
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About Sally Green
Hi - I'm Sally Green. I'm the author of the real-world/ fantasy Half Bad Trilogy, which is made up of Half Bad, Half Wild and Half Lost. Most people read them in that order but there's always a few who don't. Many people who read them are teenagers but there's a lot who aren't.I'm currently working on a new series called The Smoke Thieves, which is due to be published in spring 2018 and is definitely fantasy (there will be a map). I said I'd never write another trilogy after Half Bad but it seems I lied.I live in a village in north-west England.There's some stuff about the Half Bad trilogy at www.halfbadworld.com. Follow me on twitter@sa11eGreen

The Burning Kingdoms Overview

The heart-pounding conclusion to the daring Smoke Thieves trilogy.

In this conclusion to the epic Smoke Thieves trilogy, the world has erupted into all-out war. King Aloysius is mining powerful demon smoke and using it to fuel an unstoppable army of children. March, now banished for treason, has joined up with this boy army. Forbidden from ever seeing Edyon again, and overwhelmed by his own betrayal, March no longer cares if he lives or dies.

Catherine--now queen of Pitoria--must find a way to defeat the boy army, while also grappling with her own troubles: her secret demon smoke addiction, and unresolved tension with her former lover, Ambrose. Catherine seeks military support from Calidor by reaching out to her illegitimate cousin Edyon, who has been proclaimed heir to the Calidorian throne. But Edyon has almost no power as he's entangled in the unfamiliar machinations and manipulations of the royal court, finding that being the claimed son of a prince may be no easier than being a bastard.

With Catherine, his love, now married off and moving on, and his brother and sister tortured and executed before him, Ambrose doesn't know what his role in this world is any more. He leads an expedition into the demon world, hoping to destroy the boy army's stores of demon smoke. In this underground world, he runs into Tash, whom everyone had believed dead. She has survived in this new world using magical abilities that, prior to now, only demons had.

Aloysius will send his demon smoke-powered boy army to kill them all, if he can. But what nobody knows is that there is more to the smoke than meets the eye...

The Burning Kingdoms Reviews

  • It's been almost a year since I read the first two books in the trilogy, so I had forgotten quite a lot, but I did enjoy getting back into the world of the smoke thieves!In book one Tash was my favourite character, in book two Edyon was my favourite, but in this book Catherine was my favourite! I found all her chapters really interesting, and I enjoy seeing more of Tzsayn in her chapters too.I was very pleasantly surprised with the turn of the tides for the Tzsayn-Catherine-Ambrose love triangle! I despised Catherine and Ambrose’s relationship in the previous books, and I shipped Catherine and Tzsayn so much more, but I always assumed Catherine and Ambrose would end up together. I know Catherine and Tzsayn’s relationship was quite rushed but I don’t really care because they’re cute🥺😂I'm quite dissatisfied with Edyon and March's storyline in this book. It felt super rushed and unnatural; they hadn't even spoken since March's betrayal. I would've much preferred it if there was a more angsty reunion and then they slowly started to trust each other again.I think the demon world storyline was brilliant; I love that the demon world will start over again some day.I thought the plot was good, sometimes predictable, but still enjoyable. Overall, it was an easy read, and I enjoyed seeing the endings for all the characters.
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  • Basically this series is perfect and everything I love about fantasy and I adore it completely!! 💕
  • I was highly disappointed. Book one was by far the best. Book 3 not sooo much. Was very boring and all about war. I would have liked it to include more about the demons and the demon world. Didnt start to pick up until it was almost over. I had to force myself to finish this book.
  • As I start my review, I haven't yet decided how to rate this conclusion of the trilogy. I read it fairly quickly, engaged by Green's writing and these characters who speak to me. I did think that their stories felt rather too separate, with the five of them splitting up again and only Ambrose providing a link between two (which is by no means all) of the strands. The characters being separate worked well in The Smoke Thieves when they didn't actually know each other, and they started to come together at a perfectly reasonable pace. Now, they do know each other and they're even more separate!For me, the ending was satisfying, but the way they got there was not. It involved too little characterisation and too much of a fix-all, in my opinion. I was also disappointed that more was not made of Frost, after her build-up in the previous book. Considering all that, I enjoyed the book, though in places it wasn't quite what I'd hoped. And now, in my tradition for this series, I shall consider each of the protagonists in turn - this time in order of how much I liked them in The Demon World.March has a very engaging narrative, though possibly not as engaging as in the previous two instalments. I suppose I can't blame him for lacking some focus at first, and he does use the time available to think of some ways to try and sort things out. I did have my own particular idea about something I would like him to do, but he doesn't do it, and I can't really hold that against him. His characterisation holds up here; I do think it's a shame that it gets rather swallowed in the end by the fix-all.Tash also has an engaging narrative - perhaps the most engaging, as I kept deciding to stop after I'd got to Tash's next bit. These were not much less frequent than the other characters' narratives, but considerably shorter. I was engaged by her and still liking her, but I don't seem to have been left with much overall impression as to what she actually does!Edyon has got braver, and I found I was behind him most of the way. I'm struggling to think of what else to say about him; his situation has stagnated somewhat, so he doesn't have the opportunity to do very much. However, what he does do shows how he has grown as a person. I did enjoy his interactions with Prince Harold; that character's dialogue was brilliantly written, and Edyon rather played second fiddle to it at times, I thought!Catherine went down in my estimation last time, but now I feel she's improved. She does what she has to do both confidently and competently. I found parts of her narrative more engaging than others, and I happen to remember a particular highlight for her, which I can't say about any of the others.Ambrose has been bottom of both my previous lists, not because there was anything really wrong with him but because I found him a little flat compared to the others. This time, I found him more engaging, with more emotional stuff to deal with and a chance to show his true worth as a soldier and a leader. He's been let out of Catherine's shadow for this book, and I think it's done him good.On reflection, I've decided that overall this book deserves one star fewer than The Demon World, which I gave one star fewer than The Smoke Thieves. The series started by gripping me in a big way, and it hasn't really let go, although the stars do deplete; I have become attached to these characters and enjoyed reading about them. But I am struggling to come up with a rank order for them in this book. I think I'll have to take into account the trilogy as a whole for a tie-breaker. So...1. Tash2. March=3. Catherine=3. Edyon5. AmbroseWell, I couldn't do it. Catherine and Edyon tie (and thus are listed alphabetically); some years ago I might have forced myself to choose between the two, but I have now realised that it's perfectly okay (and much more honest) to like some things equally. I don't have to have a favourite, but it so happens that I do, and it's Tash. From what the author has said, I think maybe Tash is her favourite, so she was ever likely to come across well. Poor Ambrose, still at the bottom even after what I wrote today! But I like them all very much.
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  • The Burning Kingdom brings The Smoke Thieves to a blazing end.Like the previous books, The Burning Kingdom is told via multiple points of view.  My favourite points of view were Catherine, March and Edyon.Catherine Point of View as she shows that a Queen can rule and lead in a war.March point of view as what he is doing and seeing has a greater impact on the story as a whole.Edyon point of view because his life is very different from the previous books.Ambrose, Tash and Harold POV are enjoyable and add to the story I just was engaged more with the others.One of my favourite elements of The Burning Kingdom is showing strength in being different and allowing them to be their true self. It doesn't matter if your female, gay, disabled or a different race. All that matters that you do the right thing and stay loyal to your friends. The plot overall has moments that surprised me and other moments that didn't. But these moments made sense to the plot. I was happy with the ending, but Sally nearly gave me a heart attack. As a lot still needed to be resolved with 15% of the book left.  The Burning Kingdom and The Smoke Thieves trilogy is a great YA fantasy where it takes the strangest group of character to stop evil. My Rating for The Burning Kingdom is 3.7 out of 5.
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  • [3.5 stars] Like the previous two books in the trilogy, The Burning Kingdoms, was easy to get through with action throughout. Catherine has been my favourite right from the start. I like how although she can't fight physically she is intelligent and has a fighting spirit. She uses her intelligence and wits to command respect. In a world where woman are treated like second class citizens she shows their true worth. The love triangle between Catherine/Ambrose/Tzsayn was quickly resolved, but the romance between Catherine and spoiler was very lacklustre and dull, with the phrase "kissed his hand" constantly being repeated. Edyon and March's romance on the other hand was more enjoyable to read, the yearning was well crafted. Tzsayn, I thought was an intriguing character in book one, and hoped to see more of him in book two. That didn't happen, which was disappointing, he was barely present in book two and three. This meant that we hardly got to know him. Yes, we hear about how good and kind he is, but we never actually see this except maybe in the way he acts towards Catherine. I really felt for Ambrose, he was in pain, dealing with the loss of his family. I was rooting for him, and I admired his loyalty and determination. Overall, a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.This review also appears on my blog, The Page Turner.
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  • That was... unfortunate.
  • A really good fast read. Slightly disappointed by the ending which felt just a little bit sort of rushed, but, given the pace of the rest of the book.. well OK. Would have been five stars for a more rounded end
  • SPOILER FREE FOR THE SERIES:This is a very good underrated series, and the end of the series does an excellent job of wrapping things up. The large cast of characters at first confused me, because I have a hard time remembering names and places once we get past for main characters, but Green does an excellent job keeping things straight, so I was able to follow along and get to a place where I knew who everyone was and keep connections straight. Going into this third book I was really concerned that I would have forgotten who was whom and where they left off, but like I said, Green does an excellent job helping the reader out. The only magic in the world is the demons and their smoke, and everyone at this point has realized that smoke can make or break them. It has unique properties and I really enjoyed the rules it had to follow, and those rules caused lots of problems for our heroes and villains alike. Normally with the last book in a trilogy, I am let wanting more about what happens during the "after" but again Green does an excellent job giving you enough information to be satisfied. There are some romances that blossom throughout the trilogy, and some love triangles as well, but they never feel forced. There is one relationship that I thought could have used some more ... resolution due to the betrayal that split them up for a time, but all things considered the friendships and loves in this story felt more real to me than in most books. The choices felt true to the characters too. Overall just an excellent story. You should really give this series a shot, and let me know what you think!
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  • You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....Review: 4 StarsI was really excited to get a review copy of The Burning Kingdoms, which is the conclusion to The Smoke Thieves trilogy. I really love this series and I feel like it is a great example of how multiple points of view and plot lines can be done really well. In each book in the series every character's POV has its own plot line and they all converge to create a stunning finale in each book. When I first got a copy of The Burning Kingdom I was a little worried that I wouldn't remember all the previous events of the series, but Sally Green did a decent job reminding the reader of what happened without completely rehashing everything.I think the characters really help make this series strong. While I still love Tash's character the most, I found myself most invested in Edyon's and March's chapters. I was rooting for their romance, but their plot lines were also extremely interesting. March joined the boy's brigade, so we got to see the Brigant enemy side along with Catherine's cruel younger brother Prince Harold. Edyon's chapters were interesting as he was reunited with his father and legitimized as a prince. The legitimization really effected him because he had always suffered growing up from the fact that he was a bastard. I felt like Ambrose wasn't as important in this installment and his character kind of fell to the background. As usual I still didn't really care for Catherine's chapters that much. The five points of view were balanced pretty well and I was able to keep up with everything that was happening really easily.The Burning Kingdoms was really fast paced and pretty exciting. There wasn't a whole lot of filler chapters, so the action hardly ever stopped. The plot went in directions that I never really expected, but I wasn't happy with all of the final outcomes. But I really think that this concluding book lived up to my expectations and it was a lot of fun to read. It was hard to see the story end because I really loved most of the characters, but I did feel satisfied with the way the series ended.It is a bit of a bittersweet ending. I feel like most of the characters got the ending that they deserved, but it's also hard to say goodbye to this series. The plot and pacing were both pretty great, making The Burning Kingdoms a fast and entertaining read. If you enjoy quick YA fantasy with multiple plot lines I would highly recommend reading The Smoke Thieves series.
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  • First of all, thank you so much Penguin Books and PuffinBooks for providing an e-copy of this book. It’s always a bittersweet feeling when one of your favourite series is over. This book was definitely my most awaited release of this year. I picked up The Smoke Thieves by chance and I didn’t know I would be this blown away by this story. The ending did not disappoint me. The characters created by Sally Green will creep inside your heart and they will never leave you. I have no other way to express how much I loved these characters. I can’t say too much about any of the characters, because I don’t want to spoil the ending with this review. However, it was an amazing reading experience to see how Catherine’s character grew up to become an inspiring leader and queen, and I was completely satisfied with her ending. I am sure many will disagree with me, but her choices demonstrated real maturity. It was a perfect ending to a brilliant plot, everything came together gradually and I am so glad we got an even more satisfying epilogue. I will miss March and Edyon so much!! I can’t recommend this trilogy enough! You got badass women, love triangles and heartbreaking LGBT characters. More reviews on my blog Monogamist Reader
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  • Just finished reading The Demon World and wasn't happy how it ended I'm not criticising the writing or sally just the story, I hope my wish for the closure of the trilogy comes true so bring on the final book.