Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. 2011.

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

Are you intrigued yet? Wishes, teeth, mythical beasts, and magical tattoos are all prominent features in Laini Taylor’s otherworldly Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Prepare to be amazed and entranced with this breathtaking story that will leave you longing for more!

Karou is a blue-haired, tattooed art student who is living two lives. In her normal life, she lives in Prague and fills her sketchbooks with magical creatures that fascinate her peers. Little do they know..these creatures are VERY real! In her secret life, she runs errands for her ‘father-figure’ Brimstone who is one of the many ‘chimeras’ (monsters) that raised her from childhood. Brimstone’s cryptic shop deals in the creation of wishes, among other curious tasks that Karou is not privy to know. She is frequently sent to various parts of the world (via magic portal) to fetch teeth, from elephant tusks to human baby teeth. Despite Karou’s busy schedule, she still feels as if something is missing in her life. As if she hasn’t quite found her purpose yet.

Everything changes when she meets Akiva, a fire-winged creature with whom she feels an instant connection. She and Akiva are faced with a strange and intimate connection that will really appeal to paranormal romance fans. It comes across as more than just star-crossed love, so hold onto your seat! Akiva and Karou might just find something inconceivable that will save a world that one of them knows well and the other will soon remember.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is definitely not your typical Urban Fantasy novel. It is so much more, but I want you to discover it for yourself. Much of the excitement I experienced while reading this novel was the fact that I had no idea what to expect. I had also never read anything by Taylor before, and she is such a genius. Her lyrical writing entranced me in many ways, and I felt that the ever-changing setting became a character of its own.

I also enjoyed losing myself in the story, feeling as if I was following Karou on her errands or meeting her friend Zuzana at The Poison Kitchen. I also fell in love with Akiva. Yes, I KNOW he is a fictional character, but say what you will, he is quite the dreamy seraphim. Taylor has exceptional talent in coming up with a very original story. It is so refreshing not to read a story about vampires, werewolves, and love triangles (though I have enjoyed those tales, too). This new world that Taylor has created is wondrous, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in the second installment of this series!

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