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Daughter of Smoke and Bone [Paperback]

Laini Taylor
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Sept. 1 2011 Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy
Errand requiring immediate attention. Come. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things. When Brimstone called, she always came. In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

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'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' Patrick Rothfuss 'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' Patrick Rothfuss DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment. John Connolly Remarkable and beautifully written ... The opening volume of a truly original trilogy. Guardian Trust us, it's brilliant Heat You don't want this book to end ... it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night-addictive. Easy Living Big things are expected of this, the first in a new fantasy trilogy, and we can see why ... Imaginative and sexy, we couldn't put this down. Bella Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one. Stylist A pacy and inventive tale of a girl with an unknown past and supernatural friends ... Mesmerising. Marie Claire A beautifully written novel, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman ... It is a wonderfully realised world, with fantastic but completely believable characters ... It is sure to be a huge, and deserved, success. We Love This Book DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a magical and engrossing book that is still going through my mind days later. Laini Taylor has created something different and exciting and I predict that it's going to be HUGE. It certainly deserves to be. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is easily the best book I've read all year and I'm sure it will remain a favourite for years to come. jessheartsbooks.blogspot.com The writing in this book is exceptional. The language is evocative and beautifully done. The scenes are gorgeously realised ... I was swept away by DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. It was compelling, addictive and utterly superb. I expect nothing in your diaries on the 29th September, except to buy a copy of this book. vulpeslibris.wordpress.com I absolutely adored every second of it! deadbookdarling.blogspot.com The world created in this book is so uniquely strange and, whilst uncomparable, if I were to compare it I would point at Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials ... Definitely one of the best books I have read this year ... keeps you hooked from page one. overflowinglibrary.com Easily the best book I have read since I first picked up Harry Potter years ago ... Laini Taylor's writing is phenomenal and even the most mundane of sentences felt magical. yabookreads.com I LOVED it so so much ... it is going to be HUGE. thecrookedshelf.blogspot.com The fantastic storytelling, amazing world building and original story is bound to captivate readers and have them begging for more, just like it did me. inkscratchers.blogspot.com A masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced. Publishers Weekly Starred Review I was smitten from page one. Reading this book is like falling through the rabbit hole alongside Alice into Wonderland. serendipityreviews.co.uk This was such a treat, I cannot believe the amount of imagination a person must have to write this kind of story. escapeinabook.blogspot.com DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a wonderful read and beautifully written ... I look forward to more. bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com Laini Taylor has created a world of magic and wonder, and I was so absorbed in it I almost felt as if I had fallen through the pages ... Compelling - I could not put the book down ... DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE ... is a book that everyone needs to read. Pre-order it, borrow it, beg for it, whatever. Just read this book. planet-print.blogspot.com Captures the imagination, more so than any supernatural novel I've read in a long time. thirstforfiction.com For once the frenzy over a teen novel is justified. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor is one of those books that blots out reality, so consumed do you become in its fantasy world of chimeras and angels ... inevitably there is an epic romance but Taylor is a talented writer; this is aeons apart from the usual angels and werewolves dross. Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Laini Taylor is the author of three previous books, the most recent of which, Lips Touch: Three Times, was a silver medal finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their baby daughter Clementine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery girl Oct. 2 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a let down... Nov. 3 2011
By Avery Greaves TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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By Hails
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth the read! May 27 2014
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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Published 4 months ago by Sandra L
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy read
Although this is labeled as a young adult novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are looking for escapist fiction with romance, betrayal and a unique storyline, look no... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the chimaera
Daughter of Smoke and Bone captures its readers interest with an orphan girl named Karou, whose cheating ex-boyfriend tries to win her back by posing nude in her life drawing... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Audio book reels you in
This is one of those stories that reeled me in, the longer I listened to it, the more I wanted to just sit there and listen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Heather Pearson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good potential, but sinks into generic fantasy
At first, I was completely engaged in this shadowy, otherworldly version of Prague, where demons lurk behind doors that lead Elsewhere and wishes can be worn on necklaces. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cerus Corporation Representative
5.0 out of 5 stars Young adult fantasy
This book had been sitting on my "to read" shelf for the past year. It sounded like a good story but I had read too many mediocre YA novels to get excited about it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Is it too much to say this book is amazing? This is beyond your normal young adult story that unfolds just as you'd expect. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mindy Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Breathtaking. Masterfully Written!
Wow. I barely know where to begin in attempting to review this book; everything I write down seems to pale in comparison to how beautifully this book was written, how utterly... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Miss_Mimz
5.0 out of 5 stars So good! SO GOOD.
It just blows my mind that some authors can so skillfully weave such an incredible, imaginative, and original tale like Laini Taylor just did. Read more
Published 19 months ago by lola171
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
Okay, so I know that I'm a little late on reading this fantastic book. And there have been so many rave reviews about it already...well, here's another one! Read more
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