Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Release Date: September 1st, 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is one of the most elegant, enticing, dangerous, and well-written books that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The protagonist of the novel is Karou, a mysterious, blue haired girl living in Prague as an art student. She was raised by monsters, creatures from another world who are part animal and part human, and runs errands for them, collecting teeth from around the world for a purpose that even Karou doesn’t know about. When burned hand prints begin appearing on the doors that lead to her hidden monster world, she begins a journey to save her monster family and discover where she came from and who she truly is.
The book takes place in Prague, for the most part, as well as an alternate world that is both frighteningly alien and richly beautiful. The writer somehow was able to merge the essence and culture of these places into her writing, and the effect is stunning. The characters are wonderful and well rounded. The plot itself, well, not too much can be said about the plot without giving Karou’s origins away, however it was not lacking in the slightest. Every moment in the book was to be savored, like a delicious spiced candy; I was never bored, and never wanted to skip ahead. Daughter of Smoke and Bone expertly weaves together a story of culture and mystery, magic and family, that leaves you breathless at the end and eager for more. Which is fortunate because the sequel is already in print and the third book comes out in April. So give it a shot, I promise you won’t regret it!
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