This book gets: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of 5
(A perfect score!)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor – No matter your age, gender, heritage or creed, you will love Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor writes brilliant prose, dynamic and painstakingly life-like characters, dialogue that can potentially cause obnoxious outbursts of laughter, and all the while weaving a tale that cannot be put down. Plus, it has monsters.
Aqua-haired Karou straddles two lives: one as a seventeen-year-old high school student attending an arts academy in Prague, and another as the adopted daughter and errand boy of a mysterious, faun-like Chimaera named Brimstone, who runs an inter-dimensional shop dealing in teeth. Yes, you heard me: Chimaera. Inter-dimensional shop. Teeth.
When a band of soulless, destructive angels appear and start leaving burning handprints on the doors that lead to Brimstone’s otherworldly tooth outlet, Karou’s two-sided life becomes even more complicated. One angel in particular, a dashing devil named Akiva, is inexplicably drawn to Karou–and holds a secret that could turn both of her lives upside-down.
Taylor’s ambitious, I’ll give her that. Luckily, she has the chops to pull this creative behemoth of a novel off with flair and style. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is as much a fantasy tale at it is a piece of fine art, but unlike your last trip to the art museum, Daughter is a heart-pounding roller coaster ride from the very beginning. I guarantee that the euphoric sensation of careening toward some monumental finish will take some time to leave your system. Taylor is a master storyteller–and she rarely uses the same word twice. She constructs each paragraph with care, so the pace is spot-on, and the fantastical elements feel as real as the real world Karou spends half of her time in.
Plus, if you’re anything like me and crave a good monster tale, this book will tickle you silly.
My only gripe with Daughter of Smoke and Bone is less of an actual complaint and more of a rabid fan’s bitter lamentation: Daughter ends on a cliffhanger, and it will be some time before the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, hits bookshelves (November 2012, in fact). Nevertheless, if you haven’t picked up this novel yet, you should probably do it.