Smoke (Hardback)
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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 07/07/2016
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'Astonishing . . . It's filling in that gaping hole left by both Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. Yes, really' Stylist

'The laws of Smoke are complex. Not every lie will trigger it. A fleeting thought of evil may pass unseen. Next thing you know its smell is in your nose. There is no more hateful smell in the world than the smell of Smoke...'

Smoke opens in a private boarding school near Oxford, but history has not followed the path known to us. In this other past, sin appears as smoke on the body and soot on the clothes. Children are born carrying the seeds of evil within them. The ruling elite have learned to control their desires and contain their sin. They are spotless. It is within the closeted world of this school that the sons of the wealthy and well-connected are trained as future leaders. Among their number are two boys, Thomas and Charlie. On a trip to London, a forbidden city shrouded in smoke and darkness, the boys will witness an event that will make them question everything they have been told about the past. For there is more to the world of smoke, soot and ash than meets the eye and there are those who will stop at nothing to protect it . . .

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780297609926
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 241 x 156 x 49 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
For once both comparisons (with Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights) are apt . . . this is a novel that stays in the imagination long after it is read * THE GUARDIAN *
Mesmerising and imaginative . . . Smoke is at once profound, moving and timely: a novel that tackles the most fundamental question of good versus evil -- Hannah Beckerman * THE OBSERVER *
Astonishing . . . it's filling in that gaping hole left by both Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. Yes, really * Stylist *
Its subtle touches mean the story takes on a world of its own . . . you'll wonder why no one has seen smoke this way before * EMERALD STREET *
It's detailed, multi-layered and feels authentic - and might just win over historical fiction fans too * THE POOL *
a great work of imagination -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * STYLIST.CO.UK *
Potter-esque comparisons will be made (with some Dickensian England thrown in) of the richness and intricacy of Vyleta's world * STYLIST *
Original and enthralling * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING *
Books to look out for in 2016 * NEW STATESMAN *
a vivid, imaginative and gripping fantasy thriller * SCIFI NOW *

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Georgie Matthews at Windsor

“Brilliant. Cannot recommend this enough. Lovers of Philip Pullman have a new God.”

For the fourth time this year, I have found my new favourite book. A gripping story, complex characters and a world rich with ideas.

What would a world be like where all your sins are laid bare and you are judged by... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
9th January 2017
Helpful? Upvote 57

“A fantastically dark, atmospheric and visual slow-burner”

A lot of your enjoyment of this novel will depend on your tolerance for drawn out metaphorical imagery. The concept of the ‘smoke’ permeates every page to the point that as a reader you almost feel it on your own... More

Hardback edition
2nd August 2016
Helpful? Upvote 47
Georgie Matthews at Windsor

“Brilliant. Cannot recommend this enough. Lovers of Philip Pullman have a new God.”

Yet again, I have found my new favourite book. A gripping story, complex characters and a world rich with ideas.

What would a world be like where all your sins are laid bare and you are judged by the smoking gun you... More

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