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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
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 24th May 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780297609940


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
Original and enthralling
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
Astonishing . . . it's filling in that gaping hole left by both Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. Yes, really
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
a vivid, imaginative and gripping fantasy thriller
It's detailed, multi-layered and feels authentic - and might just win over historical fiction fans too
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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