ARC – Smoke by Dan Vyleta

June 23, 2016

I’ve got two of this one.  It reminds me a lot of the His Dark Materials trilogy, in terms of both protagonist adventure and also the sophisticated worldbuilding around one distinguishing  otherworldly characteristic, in this case the smoke some people give off when they “sin.”  It also has a nice queue going. Comment to claim.


Smoke : a novelSummary: Readers of the Harry Potter series and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell are sure to be mesmerized by Dan Vyleta’s thrilling blend of historical fiction and fantasy, as three young friends scratch the surface of the grown-up world to discover startling wonders–and dangerous secrets.  “Dan Vyleta writes with intricacy and imagination and skillful pacing; never once would I have considered putting his book down. In the manner of both a Dickens novel and the best young adult adventure stories (the Harry Potter series among them). . .his ending, which I wouldn’t dare reveal here, is a real firecracker.”–Jennifer Senior, The New York Times.  Welcome to a Victorian England unlike any other you have experienced before. Here, wicked thoughts (both harmless and hate-filled) appear in the air as telltale wisps of Smoke. Young Thomas Argyle, a son of aristocracy, has been sent to an elite boarding school. Here he will be purged of Wickedness, for the wealthy do not Smoke. When he resists a sadistic headboy’s temptations to Smoke, a much larger struggle beyond the school walls is revealed. Shortly thereafter, on a trip to London, Thomas and his best friend witness events that make them begin to question everything they have been taught about Smoke.  And thus the adventure begins… You will travel by coach to a grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories; where young love blossoms; and where a tumultuous relationship between a mother and her children is the crucible in which powerful passions are kindled, and dangerous deeds must be snuffed out in a desperate race against time.


4 Responses to “ARC – Smoke by Dan Vyleta”

  1. Diana Says:

    I would like to give try this one. Thanks!

  2. Kristin Says:

    I’d love the second copy – thanks!

  3. Darren Says:

    ?Sure thing – I’ll get to you early next week Thanks!


  4. Darren Says:

    ?Sure thing I’ll get this to you next week. Thanks!


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