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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
The story starts with Karou, a seventeen year old girl who is attending art school in Prague who has a compelling encounter with a beautiful man on the street. Soon we meet her unique 'family', involving seemingly whimsical characters or Chimera we are told later. Then there is her father figure Brimstone, who is best described as a demon. Finally, there is Akiva, a too beautiful man, who casts aside reason and his most important task once he sets his eyes upon Karou.
With this intriguing assortment of characters, I had no idea of where this story might travel, and travel it did. Karou could move around the world through a series of magical doorways that all started at Brimstone's shop but opened around the world. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Marrakesh, which evoked for me the feelings of the markets there.
I listened to the audio book which was read by Khristine Hvam, for which she won and Audie Award. She has read for over 100 audio books. The voices that she made for these varied characters really did bring them to life for me. This unabridged edition is 12 hours 33 minutes.
The end of this book does answer some nagging questions about Karou and her history, but it leaves many more open. The story continues in Days of Blood & Starlight and then in Dreams of Gods & Monsters which is due for release April 8, 2014.
At first I wasn’t too interested in the story or the main character, as Karou seemed like a fairly uninteresting blue haired art student. But the story picked up about half way through the book when Karou’s way of living was explained, and again when her real past was revealed. Soon everything Karou did captivated me – especially when she meets Akiva. The story of romance even captivated me as it “began” with Akiva trying to kill Karou. But truth after truth was revealed until I was completely shocked.
I have no idea how Laini Taylor came up with such an interesting story or how she came up with the idea for the vast host of different characters. Some of the characters were hard to imagine, but they were all described perfectly, and the world was created flawlessly too.
The combination of the interesting names (Karou, Brimstone, Zuzanna, Akiva, Chiro…), intriguing settings (Prague, Morocco, Paris…), and the completely new storyline made this book something I couldn’t put down. I stayed up until 5am to finish this because it was THAT good.
A fantasy world merged with the real world to create an unforgettable story of war, family, mystery, magic, and love.
If you enjoyed the Internal Devices series, I would highly recommend this. In both, I've experienced a really strong connection to the characters and became really invested in their lives and their story.
Most recent customer reviews
Exquisite writing, intricately-wovened plot, and a massive cliff-hanger that will leave you wanting to buy the next instalment.Published 6 months ago by Anna Geller
Great book! Such a unique concept of resurrection and striving for a world remade in the midst of war and chaos. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alyssa-Chanel Rahemtulla
I liked it, the concept was new and interesting. I loved Karou and all the vividly fascinating characters. The world was well established and left me wanting to know more about it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Evangeline S.
I was mesmerised by the way Laini Taylor wrote this. Every character and setting BLEW MY MIND. It was all so original, a completely original take on angels. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Janice
This book took me a long time to get through. I was intrigued enough to keep reading it but I found it a bit too long (420 pages) to keep me riveted. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Geekgirl1969
Well written, clever and original. A page turner for sure. Love how the three worlds intertwine together to eek out the plot.Published 21 months ago by Lissa Gougeon
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... Read morePublished on July 14 2014 by Hails
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. Read morePublished on May 27 2014 by Karoline