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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 06/04/2017
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Imagine a world in which every bad thought you had was made visible. Where anger, hatred and envy appeared as a thick, infectious smoke pouring from your body, leaving soot on your skin. A society controlled by an elite who have learned to master their darkest desires.

Thomas and Charlie are friends at a boarding school near Oxford, where the children of the rich and powerful are trained to be future leaders. Charlie is naturally good, but Thomas's father was accused of a terrible crime, and Thomas fears that the same evil lies coiled inside him. Then, on a trip to London - a forbidden city shrouded in darkness - they learn all is not as it appears. So begins a quest to understand the truth about this world of smoke, soot and ash - and perhaps to change it.


'Mesmerising and imaginative ... a novel that tackles the most fundamental question of good versus evil' Hannah Beckerman, Observer

'Like an adult version of the Harry Potter books with a touch of Dickensian dystopia ...a sheer delight' Maxim Jakubowski, Lovereading

'A novel that stays in the imagination long after it is read' Adam Roberts, Guardian

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474600958
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 36 mm


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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.

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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

“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

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