Daughter Of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
“Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
“She had a sadness that was so deep, but it still could turn to light in a second, and when I saw her smile I wondered what it would be like to make her smile. I thought… I thought it would be like the discovery of smiling.”
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Hot damn that was good.
Thank-you Laini Taylor for getting me out of my book hangover!!!
This world of forbidden love and mythical beasts is like nothing I have ever read before. Laini’s writing in unparalleled in her genre – I swear there were some sentences (and words) I had to re-read to even absorb how she intended to describe a particular place (Seriously though, I felt like a dumb dumb reading this book):
“The streets of Prague were a fantasia scarcely touched by the twenty-first century—or the twentieth or nineteenth, for that matter. It was a city of alchemists and dreamers, its medieval cobbles once trod by golems, mystics, invading armies. Tall houses glowed goldenrod and carmine and eggshell blue, embellished with Rococo plasterwork and capped in roofs of uniform red. Baroque cupolas were the soft green of antique copper, and Gothic steeples stood ready to impale fallen angels. The wind carried the memory of magic, revolution, violins, and the cobbled lanes meandered like creeks. Thugs wore Motzart wigs and pushed chamber music on street corners, and marionettes hung in windows, making the whole city seem like a theater with unseen puppeteers crouched behind velvet.”
Like far out!? I swear I re-read that 5 times…
Sometimes it is hard to convey such an epic tale into one book without losing something in the mix and also balancing the story to leave us wanting more more more (remember kids, this is a trilogy). I have found that sometimes I am left head scratching over the character development or vivid location descriptions that don’t give any enhancement to the reader (especially if it is fantasy) or even the main characters interactions. But boy did this book deliver on EVERYTHING! The backstory of the world, Karou’s relationship with Avika, Zuze and Mik and of course Brimstone all absolute gold! I am not going to spoil this by going into intricate details… just read it…
So good.. so so good.
I have already purchased the next book and may already be half way through…