Book Talk: Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone 8/17/18
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 2011 Hachette Books.
Amazon Blurb: The first book in the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Laini Taylor.
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 grown 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 one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored 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?
My review: Karou is an ordinary art student by day, by night she is something hidden, something that’s about to collide with a world she knew nothing about. On a mission for Brimstone, she is attacked by an angel who demands to know who she is. She almost dies at his hands but escapes back to Brimstone where she sneaks to discover what the other door that Brimstone keeps her out of hides. When she is thrown out by Brimstone, she meets the angel who attacked her again and finds herself attracted to him, and him to her. But there are secrets that can bring down everything and everyone.
I LOVED it! At first, I had a little trouble getting into it and following the story. I wasn’t sure what was real, what wasn’t but it was worth the confusion when it all untangled into a great story! I have already started the sequel to this one and can’t wait to see what happens with Karou and Akiva. Laini Taylor is quickly becoming a favorite author!