Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler

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

by Django Wexler

Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of Django Wexler's cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy Wells of Sorcery trilogy.


In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka enforces the will of her criminal masters with the power of Melos, the Well of Combat. The money she collects goes to keep her little sister living in comfort, far from the bloody streets they grew up on.

When Isoka's magic is discovered by the government, she's arrested and brought to the Emperor's spymaster, who sends her 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.

On board Soliton, nothing is as simple as it seems. Isoka tries to get close to the ship's mysterious captain, but to do it she must become part of the brutal crew and join their endless battles against twisted creatures. She doesn't expect to have to contend with feelings for a charismatic fighter who shares her combat magic, or for a fearless princess who wields an even darker power.

“Truly epic, fierce, and exhilarating, Ship of Smoke and Steel will capture you and lock you away. With magical combat sequences fit for the big screen, the action is almost as breathtaking as the intrigue.” —Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series

Reviewed by tweetybugshouse on

5 of 5 stars

I was not expecting to love this book as much as i did. This is the story of a magic ship and sister who will doing anything to keep her younger sister safe including stealing a magical ghost ship. This book is this author debut into YA and i think it fairly well done but i would recommend it for older ya readers. For this reason that their heavy romantic situations and a lot of violence which may not be the best for younger readers. This story is not lacking at in action or intense situations. This story centers around the Ghost Ship for the majority of the story. Django Wexler has crafted an amazing diverse cast of characters.

Our main character Isoka is a powerful and confident in combat at least not so much in the love department. I think that was the only thing that might of rubbed me a bit was she always questioning her love. I think she should of just jumped in head first way sooner then she did. This is the perfect book if you enjoyed six of crows and i really can’t wait to see how the rest of this adventure plays out in the following books.

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