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November 4, 2011

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor



Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone 1
Format: Hardcover
Excerpt
Release Date: August 27, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon

Around the world, black hand prints 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 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?

The Chimaera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing female creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of multiple animals: upon the body of a lioness with a tail that ended in a snake's head, the head of a goat arose on her back at the center of her spine. The Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The term chimera has also come to describe any mythical animal with parts taken from various animals and, more generally, an impossible or foolish fantasy. (wikipedia.org) 

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?

So you know when you've gone to a good place with the author when you start dreaming about the story and the characters. That's what happened to me while I was reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by the genius Laini Taylor! I loved this book so much I want to skip the summary part of the review and just jump right in to my thoughts.

I'm a sucker for anything mythology and this is a marriage of Greek and Christian myth. A Chimaera and a Seraph falling head over heels inlove with each other. Taylor wrote the story so seamlessly and the plot is something that has never been done before... or if it had it's either I haven't read it OR it's not this authentic. On the latter half of the book I was so anxious to find out who Karou really is and I have to force myself to stop and go back to real life several times because I just want to keep on reading.

Taylor wrote about Marrakesh and Prague so vividly and it's a perfect compliment to the plot and the names of the characters. Everything has a very exotic feel and it helped build up the mystery that surround the story. I could almost smell the incense and the different spices in the markets and I'd imagine Brimstone's store to smell like myrrh. And all that myth about Chimaera resurrected from bones is just genius. I wonder where she got that idea.

The characters' back stories are rich and biblical. Karou is a very interesting character: natural blue hair and very artistic, even her friend Zuzana is a breath of fresh air. I wish I have her wish beads and just wish away the mundane details of life. Brimstone, the wishmonger, is not what you'd expect and for a "demon" he has a lot of heart filled with good intentions. Akiva, though your typical warrior, I feel like his story is not yet fully told. We're given small doses of this formidable Seraph which makes me super excited for the sequel.

Laini Taylor is an amazing writer. You can tell that she's been toying with this story for a very long time and there were just an overflow of thoughts, words and ideas when she finally started writing this. No detail was spared and the plot is air tight. Karou and her world felt very real, I swear that if Laini Taylor can draw as good as Karou, she can probably rival James Cameron's Pandora (Avatar). That's how brilliant Taylor's writing is.

OK there is so much more that I want to say but I'd rather that you pick up the book yourself and read it because I'm sure you'll be raving about Daughter of Smoke and Bone. If this review and the links are not enough for you, here are my favorite quotes just to nudge you in the right direction:

"Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for the most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic." Karou talking to Akiva

"You're not a fool, Madrigal," Brimstone said. "If there's something you want, pursue it. Hope has power. Don't waste it on foolish things."

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4 comments:

  1. You have me really interested in this book. I will most definitively add to my read list. *winks* Awesome review hon! Now off and running to goodreads to add.

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  2. I'm dying to read this one! It's been on my TBR for ages and everyone says the writing is great. The concept is unlike anything I've ever heard of before.

    Maycee Greene (Great Website Designs Anchorage)

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