Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

One of the most captivating fantasies I’ve read in a long time, I can’t wait to read more. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone summary

Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows 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 colours. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. 

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone review

Despite how much I eventually end up enjoying most fantasies, I really struggle to pick them up and start reading them and it usually takes me a lot longer than normal to finish them. Nevertheless,I decided to take this one on holiday because I’d heard lots of great things about it, and with endless hours of reading time it felt like the perfect opportunity to sink my teeth in.

It still took me a week to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone (I read three books during the second week of my holiday so that gives you an idea of my usual pace) but I am so glad I took the plunge. In fact, it ended up being one of my favourite books of the whole of 2017.

I absolutely adored the concept behind Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I had no idea where the story would take me, but I found it utterly captivating and couldn’t wait to find out what was lurking on the next page.

I liked that the world we’re familiar with and the Chimaera’s world were so separate, as it’s the merging of worlds or an entirely new world that often what I find difficult to fully absorb myself in when it comes to fantasy.

The characters are amazing, and the romance is completely swoon-worthy. That’s in addition to the incredible twists and turns, and an amazing setup for book two, which I’ll be reading as soon as I can.

I can’t wait to read more of Laini Taylor’s work. This definitely lived up to the hype for me so I’ll be recommending it to fantasy lovers from here on in.

My rating

***** 5/5 stars

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1 Comment

  1. 3rd February 2018 / 3:42 pm

    I am so happy you enjoyed this book. It’s become a personal favourite of mine. I think Laini’s writing is just so captivating that it was easy to immerse ourselves in her world. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on the rest of the series cause I do feel like the books get better with each installment to the series. 😀

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