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Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
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Sep 29, 2011

it was amazing
Read from August 10 to September 18, 2011

Review featured at the figment Review.


Some books require certain must-haves from their readers in order for the readers to connect to the book on a personal level. Reader must believe in love, for instance. Must believe in magic. Must enjoy romance. Must be an animal lover … you get the concept.

In the case of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the must-have is imagination—huge truckloads of it.

Most people can’t see what’s in front of them, or far past it. This book is for the dreamers of this world.

With Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you’ll discover new universes, amazing creatures you never imagined existed, and amazing people you might have a lot in common with.

This book has a gorgeous prose, colorful characters, and mind-blowing high fantasy, all in one kick ass package. ’Cause if you are as big of a fan as I am of a good book cover, this one will suck you in, right from the start.

To fully enjoy Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you have to let your imagination run wild. What if your version of normal were different from everyone else’s? What if when people asked you what you did this weekend, you fed those regular people fantasies with a wry smile? What if you were always telling the truth, about all those things, but nobody ever really listened?

That is Karou’s life. She is not the average art student in Prague. Karou has naturally bright blue hair, her body is covered with beautiful tattoos, and she knows as many languages as the sky knows stars. Human? Maybe, but way far from normal … miles away.

By day, she’s an art student. But after class, Karou runs errands for Brimstone, a very complex creature and the closest thing Karou has to a father. On looks alone, Brimstone could be the monster you always feared under your bed as a child, but Laini has a wonderful way of making monsters intriguing, scary, and loving, all at once. Brimstone sends Karou through portals around the world, on errands to find teeth for his collection—and not just any teeth. Brimstone needs teeth of the best quality and caliber, and he’s trained Karou to recognize the best of the best. But what is Brimstone really doing with the teeth? He’ll never tell, and Karou has no idea.

One errand sends Karou to Marrakesh, looking for human teeth, and she almost dies, attacked by a beautiful man with a sword and fiery eyes. And all around the world, handprints are found burned into every portal.

This book is amazing! Everything everybody is saying about it is true. Certainly, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The beautiful writing, the magical scenery in Prague, Karou’s strengh as main character—these all do the trick. Past and present develop eventually to draw a perfect circle enclosing to the reader, leaving you wanting the next book in your hands immediately.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a tragedy, a love story, an amazing fantastical adventure, an entrapping labyrinth you want to get lost in. Believe me; you’ll be dizzily lost, in the best possible way, as soon as you read the first page.

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