Once Upon A Time, An Angel and A Devil Fell In Love.
It Did Not End Well…
Karou is a blue haired, wry-smiling, mysterious girl with a wickedly creative artistic talent for drawing the most fantastical chimaera beings. There’s just one tiny detail – all of the characters and tales contained in her sketchbooks are true stories.
Brimstone the Wishmonger, aka “the grump”, is the star of her sketchbooks. Poachers visit his workshop to exchange wishes for teeth (crocodile, canine, bear, human, elephant, shark, snake and more) that he strands together with gems along strings of catgut. What he doesn’t obtain from poachers, he sends Karou to retrieve. He has never told her the true purpose of the teeth or why they are so valuable, but he does give Karou small wishes for her labors. Oh, and being that he raised Karou from infancy, he and the other chimaera are the closest thing to a family Karou had ever known.
Akiva is a beautiful, breathtaking, alluring, … deadly high order seraphim with eyes that burn like molten amber. He is tasked with the initial stages of assault on the chimaera. It is the continuation of an otherworldly war from a long, long time ago. The chimaera will fall – every last one of them.
But when Akiva’s amber-burning eyes see Karou, blood flows, secrets surface, voids of the heart and soul are filled, and tragedy has its day.
Read Daughter of Smoke and Bones and find out what happens to the designs of war when an angel falls in love with a demon.
Each time I picked this book up (which was only 4 times), I had to fight to put it down. It absorbed me and I found myself daydreaming about scenes – scenes which had been painted by the words of Laini Taylor in such a way that I had to remember I had not actually seen these scenes, but had read them! It’s not everyday that you come across an author that has THE TALENT for putting words together like Laini does! The writing flowed flawlessly and beautifully, weaving fanciful visions as the story unfolded bit by delicious bit – it’s like savoring your favorite dessert one scrumptious, satiating bite at a time.*
The characters are rich. The rollercoaster feelings between Akiva and Karou were a ride I’d go on over and over again! And don’t even get me started on Karou’s friendship with Zuzana (aka Zuze). I really liked Karou, but Zuze literally had me laughing out loud! I wish both of these girls actually existed, because I’d love to be their friend! It’d never be dull, that’s for sure!
The story is refreshing. The magic system was unique, original, and interesting! As soon as I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I jumped on Amazon and preordered book 2 – Days of Blood and Starlight. This book is definitely on my “must recommend to everyone” list!
Overall rating: 5+++ out of 5 stars
Appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Other books by Laini Taylor:
Laini’s First Young Adult Book:
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*Daughter of Smoke and Bones will be coming to the big screen courtesy of Universal Studios with Stuart Beattie to write the adaptation and Joe Roth producing!!!