Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Pages: 418

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Published: 2011

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★

Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

I’ve been wanting to read this series since I heard that the last book came out. Actually, I believe the last book was released right at the time I started reading again, and that was 3 years ago now. I decided I’d finally read this book as I am attending Laini Taylor’s event for her new book, Strange the Dreamer, on the 11th of April and I didn’t want to be totally out of the loop with Laini’s books!  I am now asking myself why the heck I waited so long as I really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to moving onto the second book in the trilogy.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set in Prague which is a fabulous setting and has now made me want to visit, particularly in Winter. In Prague, we are introduced to Karou, who is our main character who I love, as well as Kazimir (all I could think of was Kaz Brekker..) and Karou’s best bud, Zuzana . Karou is a pretty cool gal who loves to create art, however there is another side to her that she conceals from the human world, though she doesn’t really try that hard to do so..however the difficulty with this other half to her life that Karou hides is that Karou doesn’t actually really have much of a clue who she is. This is, however, something that we come to find out in this book which I am sure helps with the rest of the series.

So as well as the mortal world, we also have an otherworld which is called Elsewhere. We don’t see much of this in the beginning but later on in the book, we see it in some form. In this otherworld, we meet Brimstone who is like Karou’s father figure, as well as Issa, Twiga and Yasri. We also meet Thiago who I’m pretty sure I hate at this moment. Alongside these characters, we also meet Akiva. Now, Akiva is such an intriguing character. He seems so complex and like there’s a lot of depth to him. What I took from his character is that he is trained to be a soldier, but he is also quite vulnerable, particularly with love and that he wants peace in his world. He is a solid character and I love the interactions between him and Karou.

So the story surrounds Karou (who’s name also means hope which I feel is potentially important for some reason??) and is basically the basis for the rest of the series. It gives us all our main characters, gives us a lotttt of background, particularly that of the Chimaera and Seraphim (basically angels and monsters) and of Karou’s background, and sets us up nicely for the rest of the series (I am guessing, as I have only just started the second book). In the synopsis, it says about black handprints on doors and this basically is the beginning of the whole story/journey for Karou, as one of the handprints pops up on one of the doors which leads to Brimstone’s shop. This handprint equals bad, bad news and the handprints are to do with what happens in the story, and I can’t really talk about it because this is a non-spoiler review and if I did, I’d probably ruin everything for those of you that have not read this yet, which I definitely do not want to do.

I’ve found it really difficult to review this book without completely spoiling everything so I’m trying to be super vague which is very hard for me so I apologise if this barely made any sense SO, I guess I’m just going to wrap up this awful review right here and say that if you have this, READ IT. If you don’t have it, find a way to get your hands on it because I really enjoyed this and Laini’s writing style is just wonderful! Honestly, I regret having not read this ages ago and I’m glad that I finally picked it up.

I repeat: PICK THIS BOOK UP. You won’t regret it.

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