Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Published by Brown for Young Readers on September 27th 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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 started reading Daughter of Smoke and Bones in the car on my way to Sweden. And I HATE myself for not reading this book sooner, because this book is absolutely phenomenal. Flawless writing, beautiful storytelling, and so incredibly original. I am in love.
The prose was beyond a doubt one of the strongest features of this book. Beautiful imagery and descriptions, absolutely gorgeous! The words were just strung together, seemingly effortless. I was immediately hooked. I have been in Prague, a long time ago, but this story has me wishing I could go back, and maybe (hopefully) soon I will.
Incredible world building. Beautiful descriptions of the city and the political tension just seeps through the pages. The idea of the wishes and how everything revolved around teeth had something magical, albeit a bit horrific, to it. I love how we learn more about Karou’s ‘other world’ through her artwork. It was just beautiful. There’s really no other word to describe the world Laini Taylor has created in this book. Absolutely beautiful.
The characters were fantastic. They are flawed and full of depth, which makes it so easy to connect with them. I love how complex, but relatable, Karou is. She has so much wit and a great sense of humour. And the romance. Ah, the romance. So damn addictive.
Great plot. Great heroine. Great love interest. Great and addictive romance. Great EVERYTHING. The originality of this story about knocked my socks off. An absolute new favorite fantasy read! I can hardly wait to read the other books!