The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is very original and well-written. I went into the not knowing at all what to expect, and fell in love with it very early on! Fiercely intelligent, culturally diverse…prepare to be plunged headfirst into a world unlike any other.
Seriously y’all, this is one of those books that has it all. The writing was so lush and gorgeous – the characters enigmatic and one-of-a-kind. Karou is a young woman with a pretty different upbringing: she was raised by a collection of chimeras. She is now an art student in Prague, but constantly goes on errands for her makeshift family. She collects teeth and takes them back through one of a collection of doors that work as portals. (And if you’re curious about the whole teeth thing, let me tell you, so was I! Definitely a question best left for the book to answer.) She starts noticing that more and more of the doors suddenly have burned hand prints on them – and before long the other world she is a part of is thrown into chaos. Toss in a little forbidden love with an enemy angel and we have ourselves a story!
I haven’t enjoyed most of the angel books I’ve read, and I’ve become pretty wary of them all. Same goes with the whole paranormal forbidden love thing – I’m a little tired of it. This one is definitely different though, it brings so much quirkiness and cultural blending to the table. Plus, thank goodness, there is no love triangle!
There really isn’t a lot more I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said…but seriously guys. This is one you can’t miss! As layers of mystery begin to get peeled back, more and more questions start to arise. Karou realizes how little she knows about the world of the chimeras, and also comes to realize that she is closer to it than she ever imagined. The plot has lots of twists and turns that will have you dying to see what Karou discovers next!
Highly, highly recommended, especially if you love the fantasy genre. I’ll definitely be reading Laini Taylor’s back list now that I’ve seen an example of what she can do!