Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages — not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers — beautiful, haunted Akiva — fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an amazing book with with the perfect amount of romance, mystery, and some action. When I first started reading this book I was so excited to see what mystery unfolded with Karou’s eye tattoo on her palms, what the teeth in Brimstone’s shop meant, and how Akiva seemed to know Karou even though he’d never seen her before. Once I did find out what all of this meant, I was dumbfounded. The idea of the use for teeth in the chimaera world was such a smart twist on the story. Because I don’t want to spoil anything for any potential readers I won’t say too much about their purpose.
This entire story was very creative and I especially love how Laini Taylor structured her world of seraphim, chimaeras, and the magic that could come with them. The idea that all magic comes with a price no matter what was portrayed well in this story. Another aspect that I enjoyed in this story was the use of wishes as magic. In this fantasy world, wishes weren’t just hopes that you would state. With the power of a certain “magic currency” you could make a wish that would come true. In this currency of sorts, different wishes had different values. The bigger the wish in their currency, the larger and more powerful wish you could make. But, like all well written stories, you have to think through your desire and word it just right or else your wish could go terribly wrong.
Karou’s character was captivating and pretty awesome. Once I started reading her story, I didn’t want to stop. In the beginning of the book you know practically nothing about her background of where she came from or who her parents were. This absence of knowledge made me want to keep reading to solve the “mystery” of her past. Another character that I loved was Brimstone. Although he was very distant from Karou, you could tell that he cared about her and her beliefs. He basically filled in the role of Karou’s father figure and guided her through her life, even though she didn’t realize it. Yet another character that I loved was Zuzana. She sounded like an amazing best friend and stuck it out with Karou, even though she had her many secrets. Zuzana was depicted as small but fierce which created a perfect dynamic between her and Karou.
This book was exciting and offered a perfect glimpse into a well described fantasy world. If you’re trying to get out of a reading slump and/or looking for a light read, this book is perfect. It’s entertaining and offers a perfect dose of romance. I will be looking forward to how the story is continued in the rest of the trilogy.
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