Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery, #1)
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there's money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire—an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty's service—she's sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery, #1) Details

TitleShip of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery, #1) Review

  • Morgan Blanch
    January 1, 1970
    Just saw this book pop up on my timeline andwellI thought the cover looked a little familiar
  • Django Wexler
    January 1, 1970
    So excited to finally get to share this everyone! I hope you all have as much fun with it as I did.
  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    January 1, 1970
    This book wasn't even on my radar until I picked up a free ARC at YALLfest, and it sounded super intriguing so I thought I'd give it a go. I also thought for some reason it was an Asian fantasy (it is sooo not), so I was excited to read it. I hadn't heard much about it, either, so I didn't know what to expect. Sadly, I ended up being disappointed.The main issue I had was with our main character. I hated her. In the beginning, she's a TERRIBLE person. She kills people for a living, basically, bu This book wasn't even on my radar until I picked up a free ARC at YALLfest, and it sounded super intriguing so I thought I'd give it a go. I also thought for some reason it was an Asian fantasy (it is sooo not), so I was excited to read it. I hadn't heard much about it, either, so I didn't know what to expect. Sadly, I ended up being disappointed.The main issue I had was with our main character. I hated her. In the beginning, she's a TERRIBLE person. She kills people for a living, basically, but she feels absolutely nothing!! No remorse whatsoever. She doesn't seem to care about anyone but herself. She even kills someone that she's been working with for four years without batting an eyelash, over the possibility that he would spill her secrets. (view spoiler)[Yes, she's doing it all for her sister, which you find out later - but that only makes it marginally better. She still felt absolutely nothing over it. (hide spoiler)] So we were off to a rocky start, Isoka and I.The second issue I had was with Isoka being a lesbian. No no, before you get your knickers in a twist, hear me out: It wasn't the fact that she was a lesbian at ALL. I'm a fan of diverse books. I like F/F romance pretty much the same as I do regular romance - which is to say, not much at all unless it's done right. I'm just not a romance person, period. BUT the reason this one pissed me off is that the diversity was forced. Isoka was into men, not women, not even to the point of being bi-curious, AND she even was even judgy about Jack and Thora - who are both females - being openly romantic. That's the part that really pissed me off, is that she looked down on Jack and Thora for being together (and looked away because it made her uncomfortable), but then a few chapters later she was suddenly lusting after Meroe like she had been into women the whole time. (To the point that the plot disappeared and it became nothing but Isoka pining over Meroe while simultaneously pretending not to care.) It was just a little too convenient for me, and because of that, the romance made me ill. If she had been into women even remotely from the start, or even open-minded about being with a woman, it wouldn't have mattered to me in the least. It made it feel like a teenage boy's wet dream fanfic (the author is male and it shows, sorry) or like the author was deliberately inserting diversity for the sake of being diverse. I hope this issue gets fixed before final publication.I found the romance to be gag-worthy, not only for the reasons mentioned above but also because Isoka was thinking about Meroe's hair, or the sway of her hips, while fighting for her life (um, priorities?!), and it became too much of a focus for me when more important things were happening that should have been a focus. At least Isoka was a bit more human for caring about Meroe, and it proved that she actually had a heart and wasn't just a cold/ruthless/unfeeling killer, which is what she seemed in the beginning - sorry but that's not badass, that's just bad. A strong lead can go a little too far, they still need to have some weakness/humanity for crying out loud. Other than despising the main character, I didn't really care about any of the other characters. None of them were particularly inspiring or deep, and I couldn't conjure a single fuck about any of them or what happened to them. (view spoiler)[Berun DIED and I didn't. care. one. bit. Oops. (hide spoiler)]New drinking game: For every time someone curses by saying rot, take a drink. Guarantee you'll be trashed by halfway through the book. (This would also work for the word rut, which I will get to in a minute. That deserves its own paragraph.) I like when authors come up with their own curse words for their fantasy world - love it, actually - but this one was a bit much for me. Could we not have come up with one or two more words besides rot?! It was vastly overused to the point of irritation. By the end of the book I was rolling my eyes every time the main character said "rot, rot, rot" because it was basically every other page. Okay we get it, things are bad enough to curse. Maybe get a bit more creative.Which brings me to the other word that bugged the ever loving shit out of me: rut, used in place of "have sex." JUST SAY FUCK, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. I wanted to gag every time Isoka talked about 'rutting' with another character, and I just couldn't take it seriously. This book can barely be labeled YA to begin with, so dropping the F bomb wouldn't matter much; and I'm sorry, but it would sound much better than "Would you like to go in the other room and rut?"Keep your panties on, ladies. (And yes, that is an honest to God quote from the ARC. Let's hope that doesn't make it to publication, either.)Despite all those negatives, this book had great potential. The world and concept are super unique and intriguing - the story is set on a ghost ship!!! - and I probably would have loved it with better characters and less irritation. I loved the concept of the Wells of Sorcery and the way the magic was used, it was awesome! The setting was wicked cool, delightfully dark and gritty with a Ghost Ship feel going on. There was a lot of action, too (which was pretty cinematic, despite the crab creatures being extremely hard to picture), so despite my heavy dose of apathy for the story and the characters, it went fairly quickly thankfully.If my complaints from the first few paragraphs don't phase you and you're into high fantasy, you'd probably like this book. It had a bit of a Sanderson feel to it and the dark gritty feel reminded me a tad (a teeny, tiny, infinitesimal tad, mind you) of Kristoff. It just fell flat for me and my irritation outweighed everything else. Womp womp.This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I'm super pumped for this! From the cover art, the protagonist looks Asian so doubly excited. Sidenote: The cover is oddly reminiscent of Throne of Glass though
  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
    January 1, 1970
    WTF. TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS. *punches add-button continuously*Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of a cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and The Legend of Korra.
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    January 1, 1970
    *trembles with anticipation*
  • Travis
    January 1, 1970
    Django Wexler's debut into the YA genre is a thrilling and engaging roller coaster ride. Let me say first that thought this is a YA novel it does deal with topics of rape and sexual activities but nothing to extreme.I personally have really nothing bad to say about this first entry in the Wells of Sorcery trilogy. It was everything I expect from Django Wexler. It has a very unique magic system called Wells. What I loved about this magic system was that it didn't focus on elements, not that there Django Wexler's debut into the YA genre is a thrilling and engaging roller coaster ride. Let me say first that thought this is a YA novel it does deal with topics of rape and sexual activities but nothing to extreme.I personally have really nothing bad to say about this first entry in the Wells of Sorcery trilogy. It was everything I expect from Django Wexler. It has a very unique magic system called Wells. What I loved about this magic system was that it didn't focus on elements, not that there is anything wrong with that but it's what we have come to expect. Some of the Wells included Combat, Force, Perception, Shadows, etc. You also aren't limited to just one Well access but it's very rare to have access to two. There is a lot more detail to this magic system and it's something I want readers to read and digest it for themselves. The story is action, action, action. There was never ever a dull moment in this high octane story. This is a Ghost Ship Heist full of mystery and intrigue. I am so into a well plotted Heist and that was this.Django Wexler created and crafted a colorful cast of characters. Isoka is a powerful and confident protagonist and I was rooting for her every flip of the page. Isoka just joined my ranks of favorites. We also have some wonderful side charcters. Meroe, Jack, and Thora are wonderful. They are quite a few others. We also have LGBTQ representation throughout this book from F/F to M/M.This is all I have to say about this first entry into the Wells of Sorcery Trilogy. Congratulations Django Wexler on your debut into the YA genre. The only other thing I could say is how much I am going to hate the wait for book two!!!!!
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  • Janet Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Snatched from the streets of the ward she controls, Isoka is sent to a mysterious ship that demands tribute from her city--tribute of magically talented teenagers. Once on the prison ship, she tries to work herself into a position of control, the price to free her sister from a death sentence. Well plotted, interesting characters, and a constantly changing environment. Terrific start to a new series for older teens and adults due to violence and sexual content--not for those 11-13 yr olds that s Snatched from the streets of the ward she controls, Isoka is sent to a mysterious ship that demands tribute from her city--tribute of magically talented teenagers. Once on the prison ship, she tries to work herself into a position of control, the price to free her sister from a death sentence. Well plotted, interesting characters, and a constantly changing environment. Terrific start to a new series for older teens and adults due to violence and sexual content--not for those 11-13 yr olds that sneak into the YA section of most public libraries.
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  • Fae Crate
    January 1, 1970
    So this book was AMAZING. Magic, well developed lead characters, complex world and systems. You name it, this book has it. AND THE COVER ART. I could frame it it's so beautiful. Ya'll know I'm all about the cover buys. This book is a must read.
  • Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify)
    January 1, 1970
    THIS. BOOK. OMG. This is the most action I've read in a fantasy book in a long time. The magical system is amazing and creative and the diversity is plentiful. I absolutely adored this book and I am going to go hunt down every last book by this author now.
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  • Luna✮MyOwnBookAdventures✮
    January 1, 1970
    Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of a cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and The Legend of Korra. Insta buy right there. Also that cover is looking badass😍
  • Michael Mclendon
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Review originally posted to Booknest.EUShip of Smoke and Steel is an imaginative young adult fantasy tale. While at times predictable, the magic vs monster fights and the secrets of the ghost ship generate excitement and intrigue. Ship of Smoke and Steel is the first book in the Wells of Sorcery Trilogy by Django Wexler. It seems purposefully designed from the ground up to be a YA novel and is his first novel in the genre. He is also the author of the adult flintlock fantasy series The 3.5 stars Review originally posted to Booknest.EUShip of Smoke and Steel is an imaginative young adult fantasy tale. While at times predictable, the magic vs monster fights and the secrets of the ghost ship generate excitement and intrigue. Ship of Smoke and Steel is the first book in the Wells of Sorcery Trilogy by Django Wexler. It seems purposefully designed from the ground up to be a YA novel and is his first novel in the genre. He is also the author of the adult flintlock fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns. Tor Teen sent an advanced ebook of this title to me for review. The book releases on January 22nd, 2019 in the US.Content: I would call this PG-13. Sex is referenced and implied but not shown. The main character(aged 17) has a very dark view of the world for the life she’s led.The highlight of this novel was truly the nature of the world and the magic. It is pretty light on worldbuilding but the magic system is the star. It’s not that it’s overly complicated or even complex but that it provides for very awesome action. Our main character can basically spawn lightsabers from her hands and armor from her well of power Melos. Others can tap into different Wells that allow them other superhuman abilities such as speed, force fields, and fire. Seeing these powers go up against the giant crabs and monsters that stalk the ghost ship was a lot of fun. There’s also a great deal of intrigue in the ghost ship and the secrets it holds. Our main character is highly motivated to uncover these secrets which propels the story at the fast pace that’s expected in the genre.I think it’s also important to note that while this didn’t always work for me it might be a big selling point for other readers. Our main character who we experience in the first person is indomitable. She has seen a lot of hardship and just keeps fighting. Even if that has led her moral compass astray. A relatively dark inner monologue is born out of this but it feels like it comes from that youthful place of reconciling one’s own experience with the nature of the world around you. I wasn’t however completely invested throughout the tale. For one the pace of the story seems to rush certain character beats and development. I also didn’t feel interested in the romance plot either. Though I may have liked her romantic interest(who is also a young woman with a painful past but with an altogether different upbringing) slightly more as a character. Whether if this is simply because I am not in the target audience or whether I didn’t believe in the arc of the emotionally weary protagonist, I do not know. And because I find this to be an especially important factor: It did not end on an annoying cliff hanger. And while obviously leaving plenty of plot elements left to be resolved, we still get what feels like an ending to this chapter of the story. Overall I found a lot of enjoyment in this novel even if it did not hit on all cylinders for me. Highly recommend for YA fans who want great action and magic in an unusual fantasy setting.
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Ship of Smoke and Steel by Djano Wexler, 368 pages. Tor Teen, January 2019. $18.Language: PG-13 (43 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (implied sex); Violence: R (much blood and fighting)BUYING ADVISORY: HS - OPTIONALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHIsoka only exists to protect her younger sister Tori – even if it means using her magic to beat and kill. Then she is captured by the Empire’s Immortals and thrown onto the Soliton – a ghost ship that requires magic wielders as tribute. She has a year to take Ship of Smoke and Steel by Djano Wexler, 368 pages. Tor Teen, January 2019. $18.Language: PG-13 (43 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: PG-13 (implied sex); Violence: R (much blood and fighting)BUYING ADVISORY: HS - OPTIONALAUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGHIsoka only exists to protect her younger sister Tori – even if it means using her magic to beat and kill. Then she is captured by the Empire’s Immortals and thrown onto the Soliton – a ghost ship that requires magic wielders as tribute. She has a year to take control of the ship of the Empire , then her sister will be ruined. But life on the ship is a dog eat dog existence – death is common, life is cheap. Isoka’s clade is at the bottom of the pile and the Captain is unavailable. Isoka will do whatever it takes to claw her way to the top and save Tori.If your students love Lex Thomas’s Quarantine series, they will also love this. The plot is a frame for bloody battles as Isoka claws her way to her answers. Its billed as a YA fantasy novel, but it really is more for adults. Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLShttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Stephanie L (catteabooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Umm so the cover of this book probably falls between Darkdawn and Monstress in terms of female badassery.Plus, IS SHE ASIAN?! If so, hells to the yeah
  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • s.alnasri
    January 1, 1970
    Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler I have never read a book by Django Wexler before and this book in particular I admit wasn’t even on my radar until I saw it on a blog post at the end of 2018, adding it to my TBR was a fantastic decision. ─────────────────── I’m a little behind on writing these thoughts, but I think it’ll be somewhat of a norm from now on given my situation. Anyways, I’ve always been a fan of high fantasy, it’s so easy and completely understandable to imagine mediaeval se Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler I have never read a book by Django Wexler before and this book in particular I admit wasn’t even on my radar until I saw it on a blog post at the end of 2018, adding it to my TBR was a fantastic decision. ─────────────────── I’m a little behind on writing these thoughts, but I think it’ll be somewhat of a norm from now on given my situation. Anyways, I’ve always been a fan of high fantasy, it’s so easy and completely understandable to imagine mediaeval settings and work your story around it, but I always appreciate it when authors try to create something totally new and I can throw myself in it. Django Wexler created that world for me in this book, even though it started out somewhat in a typical fashion, it went on ahead to become one hell of an entertaining journey to take with Isoka onboard that ship. I’m not a big fan of ghosts, vampires, werewolves and the like of the supernatural creatures, dragons and elves are more my style, but the way Django Wexler wrote this ship and added stuff to it to make it engaging was insanely fun. The supernatural aspect doesn’t take over the fantasy aspect of it and vice versa, they compliment each other with the somewhat slow progression he had with the plot after we get to the ship. I mean, personally, I didn’t really expect he’ll start me off with an impossible situation, give it a slice of life in a dangerous fantasy setting flare and end it with a huge bang. But I’ll be lying if I said I don’t appreciate it, I love slow journeys if there is something to gain from them and learning about the ship through the mini adventures in this book was fantastic for me. I did figure out the big plot twist in the end from the minute a certain someone was introduced, but even then the book didn’t actually become boring. No, the way he made it brutal and gory as it should be given the situation while making sure it’s actually needed was an awesome thing to see. It reminded me a bit of Jay Kristoff’e Nevernight, which is another book I enjoyed immensely. The magic system in this book was fun as well, I didn’t see all the applications for it just yet given how we only focused on the more important things this time around, but I’m sure and hopeful the sequels won’t disappoint in that regard. The characters themselves ranged from very interesting to forgettable, not forgettable in the sense you won’t know who they are after a while, but more so that I didn’t really care for some of them even when bad things really happened to them. Isoka starts off really hard to like, but for me personally a tough as nails persona that isn’t just talk, is definitely something I appreciated. There is nothing more disgusting than seeing an author hype up their character and end up seeing that character act like the complete opposite of what they’re talking about. Isoka was ruthless, unlikable to a degree and ambitious throughout the book which I really appreciate. One last thing I really liked in this book is how Django Wexler handled the romance, it didn’t overtake the plot and it was mostly moments of passion more than anything else while some exploration was going on which is fine by me, the less the better from this aspect when you have something this entertaining. The thing I wished more of though (other than extra applications of the magic system) is information about the ship, given that it’s not what you’d expect of one, I wanted to know a lot more about the makings of it, the mechanics, other areas and what else it could possibly hold which I’ll hopefully get in the sequels. It was a fun read and for it being his YA debut, I’m really looking forward to see what’s going to happen from here on out! Final rating: 4/5
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  • Dawn Abron
    January 1, 1970
    This book is what I like to call all bone and no meat. There's a good idea here but not enough world building or character development.This entire book is about this ghost ship however our MC gets to the ship in chapter five and the ship is only mentioned three times-two times for one sentence and the third time was a huge info-dump. There was no build up to this mysterious ship so there was really no tension once she gets on it. This is more my issue than the book's but this is a plot driven bo This book is what I like to call all bone and no meat. There's a good idea here but not enough world building or character development.This entire book is about this ghost ship however our MC gets to the ship in chapter five and the ship is only mentioned three times-two times for one sentence and the third time was a huge info-dump. There was no build up to this mysterious ship so there was really no tension once she gets on it. This is more my issue than the book's but this is a plot driven book and I don't like these types of books-I prefer character driven books. With that being said, there was a battle or fight scene in almost EVERY CHAPTER. OMG, new YA authors, you don't need to have fight scenes in every chapter to keep teens interested in your story. All they did was fight crabs and other people and speaking of other people, our MC has been on this ship for ONE WEEK and she has already defeated the biggest and toughest crab and defeated her pack leader to become leader. One Week? She has been given one year to take over the ship and I am to believe that she amasses these tremendous feats over people who have been on this ship for years in one week? Her whole life our MC, Isoka, has been led to believe that this ship is a myth but she's scared of it because it is rumored to take souls. When she gets aboard, at no time does she ask what the ship does and why does the captain take mage born kids. Unless I missed it, I don't recall reading that. Shouldn't that be your first question-why am I here?All of the important bits are info-dumped and Isoka is able to get to the captain in about one or two months. And the ending wasn't necessarily predictable but it was a bit cartoonish. I was like, "Really? This is where you are going to take this?" (view spoiler)[ So Isoka has defeated this hard to defeat crab. She's killed two strong fighters in public battle, and she survived the unsurvivable dessert but The Scholar sicks his twin guards on her thinking they can kill her? He's supposed to be a scholar? COME ON! (hide spoiler)]Let's talk about the romance. Isoka likes men and she mentions it a lot but she meets the princess and suddenly she's in love? Um, no.So like The Maze Runner, this book had a new language for swears. And much like The Maze Runner, it got annoying to hear shuck all the damn time. But I understand why Dashner did that because he wanted to use swears but he also wanted to keep the book appropriate for middle schoolers. This book however has sex, mentions of human trafficking, mentions of child exploitation, and graphic murder scenes. Just say "fuck." Making up your own word for it, doesn't make your book more appropriate for MG. I don't know what the point of that was for?Like I said, there was a good idea here. There were lots of diversity and a unique setting up the author sacrificed world and character development for a five too many fight scenes.
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  • Filip Drnovsek Zorko
    January 1, 1970
    This book was much weirder than I expected. (I mean that in a good way, obviously.)I was expecting something like Red Seas Under Red Skies but without the pirates. (Obviously there are no pirates in this book. It would be silly to think otherwise.) Instead the comparisons that come to mind are The Stars Are Legion or even Rendezvous with Rama, which is to say that the titular ship is really, really weird. Therein lies the strength of the book. What little we see of the worldbuilding outside the This book was much weirder than I expected. (I mean that in a good way, obviously.)I was expecting something like Red Seas Under Red Skies but without the pirates. (Obviously there are no pirates in this book. It would be silly to think otherwise.) Instead the comparisons that come to mind are The Stars Are Legion or even Rendezvous with Rama, which is to say that the titular ship is really, really weird. Therein lies the strength of the book. What little we see of the worldbuilding outside the Soliton is solid - I particularly like the blend of real-world inspirations - but it's the sheer, alien otherness of the ship that really sold me on it. If that sounds appealing, go read this book.That said, I'd be remiss not to mention some other aspects. The writing is very deft and I really enjoyed the tone - it's grim in parts, funny in others, in that way that good YA manages to balance. Isoka is a refreshing protagonist. Her character arc starts where many others end - she's competent, badass, and confident, and we go from there. Plus her driving motivation is sibling love. There should be more books featuring positive sibling relationships. (Also in combat she is basically Wolverine but with lightsabers. Just saying.)The romance is adorable and features the most unconcerned "oh, I guess I'm not straight then" moment I've seen in a while. It's also very well integrated into the plot - none of the character moments in this book feel shoehorned. It all feels very natural. (And, of course, the background queerness of the Shadow Campaigns has been dialed up a couple notches. Seriously, any men wondering how to write casual diversity well? Read this.)Bottom line: this is superb YA. It seems slightly unfair that Django Wexler can write for basically any age group, but there you have it. Go read it!
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  • Callum
    January 1, 1970
    Ship of Smoke and Steel is a phenomenal Fantasy/YA hybrid, and one of my favorite new series in a while. When Isoka, gang enforcer of the Sixteenth Ward, is caught by the Empire for being a mage adept, she is tasked with stealing a ghost shop named the Soliton in order to save herself and her sister. On board the ship, which no one has ever returned from, nothing is as it seems and danger is everywhere. For me, this mix of story, world building, mystery and character development was near perfect Ship of Smoke and Steel is a phenomenal Fantasy/YA hybrid, and one of my favorite new series in a while. When Isoka, gang enforcer of the Sixteenth Ward, is caught by the Empire for being a mage adept, she is tasked with stealing a ghost shop named the Soliton in order to save herself and her sister. On board the ship, which no one has ever returned from, nothing is as it seems and danger is everywhere. For me, this mix of story, world building, mystery and character development was near perfect, always hooking me in to the story and giving me the ‘one more chapter’ impulse. On top of that, I really think the world of Soliton could be easily made in to a great ARPG video game ala Monster Hunter and it’s ilk. The detail and description is so vivid throughout the story that I can already picture exactly how something like that would play and it’d be a blast. I loved the world of Soliton, it’s sheer size and the mystery of its inner workings was a constant drive to keep reading, and the resolution to a lot of the questions raised were mostly all enjoyable, but at the very least understandable. I also loved the crabs and monsters that swarmed the various levels of Soliton, each one being crazier and deadlier than the last. I especially loved the methods Isoka and her gang had to come up with to dispatch said monsters. The action in this book is well thought out and very entertaining to read. Basically, it’s pretty much everything I’d want. Every character is fantastic. From our protagonist, Isoka, to her friends and even her on-ship nemesis, The Butcher. They’re all so well written, different, diverse and plain fun. I was genuinely invested in every single character the story presented. The fact that every character had their own goals and agency really helped suck me in to the story and the world. All in all, an outstanding start to a series I couldn’t be more excited about now. It has everything you could want - great characters, deep world building, awesome monster slaying and constant mystery. The ending wraps up most everything, but also very much sets up the next book(s) in this series. I already can’t wait for book 2. Five stars.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    Ship of smoke and steel is so eerie and hauntingly good! I was not really getting into it at first, the main character kind of put me off but I am so glad I persisted! The world built up on the ship is incredible and creepy and terrifying and I could not put the book down. Overall the development in the book was amazing character wise and plot wise. I really liked the darker element that is usually shied away from or passed over in young adult novels but is front and center in this book. I have Ship of smoke and steel is so eerie and hauntingly good! I was not really getting into it at first, the main character kind of put me off but I am so glad I persisted! The world built up on the ship is incredible and creepy and terrifying and I could not put the book down. Overall the development in the book was amazing character wise and plot wise. I really liked the darker element that is usually shied away from or passed over in young adult novels but is front and center in this book. I have an ARC of Ship of smoke and steel and will definitely run to the book store to get the finished copy when it comes out and I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Torteen for a review copy in exchange for an honest review!.. Holy smokes, this book was EPIC!! Ship of Smoke and Steel is so well written and action packed; it keeps you on the edge. I got so swept into the book, it was hard to put it down. The story follows Isoka, as she becomes sacrificed to the "ghost ship" Soliton, in order to take control of it to save her sister. Isoka is not your typical main character, she is hard as nails and will do anything she has to for survival. This mak Thank you Torteen for a review copy in exchange for an honest review!.. Holy smokes, this book was EPIC!! Ship of Smoke and Steel is so well written and action packed; it keeps you on the edge. I got so swept into the book, it was hard to put it down. The story follows Isoka, as she becomes sacrificed to the "ghost ship" Soliton, in order to take control of it to save her sister. Isoka is not your typical main character, she is hard as nails and will do anything she has to for survival. This makes her a breath of fresh hair with so many YA novels of late that have the typical female MC. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel of this. I can't recommend this book enough.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Pub date: Jan 22, 20194.5 A really good YA fantasy with a great main character in the tough Isoka. The world building is excellent, and there is an increasing depth to this story as she has to navigate all of the surprising turn of events that turn her from a ward boss to hero. The plot was fast-moving and consistently intriguing, with always something more that we're finding out about Isoka, her companions, or the ghost ship, Soliton. The one downside for me was all of the fighting; sometimes i Pub date: Jan 22, 20194.5 A really good YA fantasy with a great main character in the tough Isoka. The world building is excellent, and there is an increasing depth to this story as she has to navigate all of the surprising turn of events that turn her from a ward boss to hero. The plot was fast-moving and consistently intriguing, with always something more that we're finding out about Isoka, her companions, or the ghost ship, Soliton. The one downside for me was all of the fighting; sometimes it felt to be too much. Though many things are wrapped up, there are still some questions still remaining, and I honestly have no idea where the rest of this trilogy is going. Should be interesting!
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  • Eric Wegner
    January 1, 1970
    A really strong contender for favorite young adult book that I have read in the last year. If you are a fan of Django Wexler and not sure if you should pick up this book cause it is young adult don’t worry. This story is young adult only in that the protagonist is a teenager and the general outline of the plot has been seen before, so a little like Red Rising. Great read and I can’t wait for the next installment.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I thought that this book was pretty good. It was in an interesting world with a lot of character development in all the right ways. The book was very diverse, especially regarding LGBTQ+. I think that this one isn't quite a YA book, but it also wasn't quite an adult book. So if you're looking for something between YA and adult, this book is the right one for you.
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  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Not nearly as strong as Wexler's adult novels. The whole thing just feels underdeveloped. That being said I still thought it was worth reading. I will probably read the next installment.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! One of my new favorite authors!!
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Not bad, also *not* YA.
  • Chaya Edelman
    January 1, 1970
    Action packed, unique and riveting read.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    https://the-secretreader.tumblr.com/p...FULL REVIEW TO COME!
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