Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1 | Sept. 27, 2011

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 otherwordly 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?

There isn't much that I can say about Daughter of Smoke and Bone that hasn't already been said. There are literally thousands of glowing and gushing reviews highlighting all of the wonderful aspects of Taylor's debut fantasy novel.

The praise is well deserved. It's a fresh, engaging read with rich character development and an unpredictable ending that's brilliantly executed.

The synopsis outlines the story perfectly without giving too much away, so I won't recap Karou's journey a second time. But I can tell you what to expect.

You can expect to fall in love with an edgy blue-haired art student, her unique Chimaera family, and a very guarded and mysterious stranger named Akiva.

Karou's origins and her family's background remain vague and cryptic throughout the majority of the story. Revelations unfold slowly in a manner that keeps the reader intrigued and constantly guessing. 

Fans of fantasy, mystery, fated romance, and all-around original storytelling should enjoy this exceptional debut by a very talented and creative author.

The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone is expected to release September of 2012.


Braine Talk Supe said...

Argh! I can't read this just yet because I'm still on the library wait list. :(

Houston SEO said...

This writer is fantastic. The way she creates interesting characters and puts them in interesting situations. I can't wait to get the next book in this series and read it because this was excellent.

Mariz Denver said...

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is heavy on the imagery, you’ll want to google everything you can about Prague, the world building is beyond amazing and the story is absolutely unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. Clearly, I’m over simplifying my feelings and thoughts about this book but it’s the best I can do considering I’m not a writer.

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