Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery, #1) by Django Wexler

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 ...

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

TitleShip of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery, #1)
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

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

  • Django Wexler
    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)
    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 per...
  • Travis
    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 wa...
  • Janet Martin
    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 ...
  • Fae Crate
    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)
    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.
  • Michael Mclendon
    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 th...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    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 tha...
  • Naomi
    4.5 stars
  • s.alnasri
    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 alway...
  • Dawn Abron
    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 ...
  • Filip Drnovsek Zorko
    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. Wh...
  • Callum
    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, ...
  • Shelby
    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 no...
  • Angelica
    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 ...
  • Michelle
    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 do...
  • Eric Wegner
    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.
  • Monica
    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.
  • Kaitlin
    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
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! One of my new favorite authors!!
  • Becky
    Not bad, also *not* YA.
  • Chaya Edelman
    Action packed, unique and riveting read.
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01 REVIEW TO COME!