Monday, April 16, 2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

About the Book

AROUND THE WORLD, black handprints 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 has grown 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?

Thanks to Anika, Andrea and Claire from Jonathan Ball Publishers for the copy

Published by: Little Brown Publishers


Laini Taylor, a pint-sized-pink-haired-pixie-type that captured the attention of bloggers (I blame Tammy and Shelagh for this one), reviewers and booksellers, how could I not beg and plead the lovely ladies from Jonathan Ball Publishers (Thank you Anika, Andrea and Claire) for a copy.

I won’t lie when I say that I crept, zombie-like, out of my fiction reverie and it was this bound tome that welcomed me with the proverbial open arms and said, “Come, child, have a cup of tea and devour the words

I fell head first into this rabbit-hole fantasy that truly held my tea half-way to my mouth and deprived me of sleep. I am always weary of books that come with such hype and recommendation, in no way do I claim to be above the recommendations, but they surely hype the book up and leave you saying, “Oh really, come on!”  

Karou is the errand girl to the wish monger, Brimstone – a chimaera. Karou spends her day sketching in notebooks, avoiding her ex, and having lunch with her best friend. It seems pretty normal for a girl with secrets, or does it. It isn’t until Black Hand marks, burnt into portal doorways, that a dark war is truly unveiled. Karou runs into the majestic (and ladies you know what I mean) Akiva, an angel. Oh but this story has far more depth and poise than I can give it. Laini Taylor places the reader into a Smartie box with description that’ll have you tasting the page, and shakes you rattled and rolled to the extent that hours pass unnoticed and you become Alice in Wonderland.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone certainly lives up to the hope.
Taylor has created a world that is sure to replace Rowling’s Hogwarts adventures with deprived Harry-fans. I was lead through the streets of Prague, gazed into Akiva’s eyes, felt what it was like to fly and held my breath with each sword swing. It seems, readers, that the world of vampires are over and Taylor is now carving the path for Angels and chimaera (a mutant-like breed that amalgamates parts of various creatures into one).

Not her first book, but surely one to make her soar to the bestseller list and beyond.

This is a bookshelf MUST HAVE!

About the Author

LAINI TAYLOR is the author of three previous novels: the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times.
She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine.

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Keegan Shayne said...

Ahh I loved this book so much! Thanks for the great and insightful review! :)

Keegan Shayne

Shelagh said...

So glad you enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone - it really is a book that you can experience while reading. I'm also glad that Tammy and I managed to convince you to give it a try. ;)

I'm not sure how why it is sometimes marketed as a YA book - I think a lot of potential readers (and fans) are missing out because they are assuming that it is a YA read. Just my thought...

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