Daughter of Smoke and Bone
(Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication: September 27th, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page count: 418 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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?
Before starting this series, I’d been highly recommended by a lot of bloggers that this book was amazeballs and the writing was so beautiful it was totally unbelievable how such gorgeousness could exist. To be honest, I was underwhelmed because it took me so long to be fully engrossed in the story.
“She had been innocent once, a little girl playing with feathers on the floor of a devil’s lair. She wasn’t innocent now, but she didn’t know what to do about it. This was her life: magic and shame and secrets and teeth and a deep, nagging hollow at the center of herself where something was most certainly missing.”
“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”
There isn’t much happening in the first half either. It’s basically an introduction to the world Laini Taylor has created (which I greatly appreciated, by the way). We are kept in the dark, with only bits and bits of clues scattered on the pages. But once everything is unveiled, wow… I mean, WOW… the chimaera world and its exotic creatures were extremely mesmerizing I wanted to cry. The writing is a little tedious during the first half, but the descriptions of the other world are reasonably detailed so it wasn’t hard for me to get lost in it.
I cannot overlook the fact that I was disappointed in a few ways. However, Daughter of Smoke and Bone becomes more and more beautiful the closer we get to the last page. I would recommend this book to people who love beautiful writing and exquisite worldbuilding.