When I sat down to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I did not know what to expect. The cover was engaging; as was the synopsis, however I have read books of this ilk before and was not impressed. So, settling into my reading chair, I opened the book. From the first sentence, I was hooked. Post contains affiliate links.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
From her rich yet succinct writing style to her quirky characters, Laini Taylor weaves a deep, rich tapestry of magic, love, loss, and hope with a readability usually reserved for short stories.
Laini introduces us to present day Prague, a city still very much linked to its ancient past, and Karou, a girl who wishes she could remember hers. Like all characters in this book, Karou is smart, witty, and a little eccentric. She works for her adoptive father, Brimstone, a demon with a mysterious profession and an even more mysterious connection to Karou. The story is one of mystery, passion, friendship, and the hope that in the end, we can become good, strong, and much more than what we believe we are.
Karou, with her intense blue hair and quick wit, is the star of the show, but all characters are essential to this riveting story. Karou is a girl of two worlds—ours, and Brimstone’s world of the supernatural. Throughout the story, she must balance her responsibilities as Brimstone’s apprentice with her longing to live a normal life. To complicate and intensify matters, a perplexing angel awakens deep emotions she never knew she had.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books you cannot put down. I read it in two days (I would have finished in one day if not for work). Laini’s skillful writing style makes it impossible for her reader to step away from her finely crafted pages. Like cosmic entities, her characters, scenery, and storyline grip and hold you in their own inescapable gravitational pull and you must read on.
If you enjoy a good story, memorable characters, and engrossing atmosphere, give yourself an early holiday gift and pick up Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. You’ll be very glad you did.