“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”
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 grows 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 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?
I’m just gonna start off by saying that this book has the most beautiful writing that I have ever read. The prose is exquisite. Gorgeous. Someone once asked me what my favorite country was, and I answered Prague. Yes, that’s not a country but I couldn’t help but say it because of this book. Prague is described so nicely I couldn’t help but feel that I was actually there. It’s now in my bucket list to visit Prague. Thank you very much Ms. Taylor.
At times I would just read and envy the way Laini Taylor writes because it is that good. This book is really good. Here is an example of how the author describes of loneliness:
“For the way loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve—like the soul’s version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable.”
Laini Taylor’s writing is really unique because she weaves in her story so well. We have little snippets as to where the plot is heading here and there, but when she finally ties it together, its like BAM! Your mind is blown.
You guys might want to be prepared before reading this book because it takes a while to get used to it. There are creatures called the chimaera, and they are a hybrid between humans and several animals. It’s weird, but it makes sense when you read the book.
This isn’t your typical forbidden love story between an angel and a demon, just so you know. It’s so much more than that. It’s the story of war , and how the creatures are affected. This story is just so beautiful I can’t even. It’s the kind of book where everything is so sad and messed up you just have to cry with the characters. Well, except you don’t have to cry because of this one word: hope.
Okay, now on to the characters, who were all fantastic! We have Karou, who is great. We have Zuzana and Mik, who were a source of humor and lightness in this dark, dark world. We also have Akiva, who is dark, complex, and loving.
Overall, this book is really really great. You might want to have a bit of patience because this book is a little slow at parts. But hey, just enjoy the prose while your in those slow bits. If you want to read a unique book with some paranormal and fantastical elements and beautiful writing, then this book is for you.
I rate this book
I received a copy back in August for my birthday (thank you Peter and Angelo!) and read it a few months back. Now that I’m on Christmas break for the next 5 weeks, we’ll be catching up on reviews and posts!!!! Yaaay!!!!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was more of world building than anything else. Laini Taylor did it in such a way that once the world was complete, everything that happened just connected together and there were parts of the book where my reaction was just realization, like “SO THAT’S WHY!!!!”
Plotwise, there was not much action as I hoped there would be because–again–this book was more on world building. It’s far from boring though! I found myself enjoying this novel a lot because as much as it is a fantasy novel, it featured 2 human characters that I ship SO SO SOSOSOOSO MUCH.
If you liked The Catastrophic History of You and Me, I really recommend this book! They have similarities, except, you know, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is 10 times cooler.
5 smoking stars for this one. I highly suggest you pick this one up.
Because of the said writing, this book was very quotable. Here are some of our favorite quotes!
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.”
“Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.”
“Stop squandering yourself, child. Wait for love.”