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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316134023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316134026
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Oct. 2 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fiery handprints, mythical beasts, magical tattoos, wishes and teeth -- all these things have a major part to play in Laini Taylor's otherworldly, bittersweet "Daughter of Smoke and Bone." Her third full-length novel reads like a punky collaboration between Holly Black and Charles De Lint, sprinkling mysterious items and haunted characters across the world.

Blue-haired, tattooed art student Karou studying in Prague. But as if that didn't make her odd enough, she was raised by a pair of monstrous "chimeras" named Issa and Brimstone, who run a shop that buys teeth. And Karou is regularly sent (via magic portal) to various parts of the world to retrieve various kinds of teeth, from elephant tusks to human children's baby teeth.

But then winged strangers appear across the world, leaving scorched handprints on every doorway to Brimstone's shop -- and causing destruction for the chimeras. Soon Karou finds herself adrift in the world, being stalked by the mysterious Akiva -- but when she fights back, she learns of an ancient war that is still going on to this day.

While the book talks about "angels" and "demons," Laini Taylor really doesn't base her book on any kind of Judeo-Christian beliefs. She came up with her own fantastical mythology for this book -- we have beast-human chimeras, winged seraphim from some kind of celestial empire, beads made of wishes, and a girl whose origins are a mystery even to her.

And her prose is absolutely luscious, filled with sensual gestures and vivid imagery. Fire, feathers, eerie old buildings and otherworldly creatures, all of whom are dangerous and sad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avery Greaves TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book knowing little about it, aside from the fact that it had HYPE- it seemed to be extremely well received by the vast majority of reader. While I truly want to be one of those people who LOVED this book, I unfortunately am not. That is not to say that it is a bad book by any means- it isn't, it is one of the most creative and dynamic books that I have ever read before (seriously, Laini totally blew me away with her world building ability), but after finishing it, I just don't find myself feeling anything (I think that I should feel satisfied after reading it, or at least something, but I don't).

I think that my largest complaint about the book were the characters. While I adored Karou (she was so gosh darn snarky and strong- traits that, in my opinion, make a successful female character), I just couldn't connect to Akiva. I am very much the sort of reader that needs in-depth character descriptions (from their appearance, to their personality, to their background and history) and I didn't get that with Akiva whatsoever (I couldn't, for the life of me, picture him in my head- cropped black hair, tiger eyes that are rimmed with black kohl, and burning wings?- nor could I picture any of the Chimeras). Furthermore, I think that in the vast majority of the book he was lacking in personality- he seemed way too perfect, to the point of being unapproachable and entirely unrealistic.

Furthermore, I found myself flying through the first half of the book, and dragging my feet in the second half of the book (the first half was much more interesting than the second half in my opinion- which is somewhat strange as most of the action occurred in the second half).
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I like this book but for some reason it took me longer to read it than it normally takes me to read I am not sure if its slow or if its just something to do with me but I bought and am reading the second book already and am having the same problem but still an interesting read. It just doesn't hook me and reel me in like books normally do.
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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 27 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Oh my. It’s been a while since I’ve read an excellent book. Then you pick up a giant tome like this one and it just sweeps you off your feet. I fell in love with this book in the first few 50 pages. It had an interesting fresh look on fantasy for YA without your standard monsters (ie: dragons - not that there’s anything wrong with dragons, but we’ve all seen and read about them dozens of times).

The idea of the chimeras and thee seraphims with a Romeo and Juliet twist is what I found the most appealing in this book. Now it may not be entirely different when it comes to the starcrossed lovers theme, but putting that theme with something different and fantastical is always a good thing and refreshing to see. Also, I loved the setting. Not many that take place in Europe, so that also makes the book all the more worth reading.

The characters are all memorable. Loved all the chimeras they each had their own personality and you couldn’t help but love them all. Zuzana made the perfect sidekick with Karou, I loved her and how much she supported Karou through it all. Thiago is horribly slimy and makes your skin crawl. The plot goes back and forth between what’s happening now, and in a different fantastical world, but it’s weaved together and it’s so well done you don’t notice any hitches. It’s a beautiful plot, and although the size might intimidate some, don’t be. You’ll be surprised at how fast you fly with this book because the plot is so engaging and will draw you in.

Definitely recommended. It’s something different, and the cliffhanger ending will make you scream.
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