Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 157 x 241 x 37mm | 690g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • n/a
  • 144472262X
  • 9781444722628
  • 87,624

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WOW. I wish I had written this book. Patrick Rothfuss Remarkable and beautifully written ... The opening volume of a truly original trilogy. Guardian The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again. New York Times Mesmerising. Marie Claireshow more

About Laini Taylor

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 Pie. Visit her website: www.lainitaylor.com. Follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/lainitaylorshow more

Our customer reviews

Wow. Where do I start. Well if you haven't noticed the rating already, I absolutely adored this book. I actually had to sit and think for a while before writing the review I was that impressed by it. First off I have to mention the cover. I bought the UK version of the hardback which I have to say looks absolutely stunning and the back has this metallic sheen to it that I adore. Now. The book. How can I even describe it's amazingness?! The imagination that went into this book is breathtaking. There are different characters that are different species (for lack of a better word) to each other. Some of them have wings, some of them have horns and some have hooves for feet. Every time I would read about another character I could imagine what they look like and play what was happening like a film the writing was just that descriptive. The worlds that the book was set in felt like so much thought was put into it, it could actually be real. Reading this book felt like an escape from real life. It was pure brilliance. Let's talk about characters. Karou. Oh my God she was so cool. Akiva - can anyone say hot stuff? Seriously though,they were contrasting characters that had so much depth to them I really wanted to figure them out from top to bottom. I loved reading their story. Brimstone. What can I say? At first I was a bit put off by his personality filled with grunting and stern looks but I loved him after a few chapters. I actually couldn't figure out his intentions until they were revealed at the end which was great. Aaaaaand I won't say anymore than that on Brimstone for fear of spoilers! As for the plot it just exuded brilliance. I've never read anything more original and intriguing. Again I don't want to spoil anything but trust me when I say the plot is by far the best I've ever read in a book so far. Overall I think you can guess that I would recommend this one to anybody who likes to read. It sure is a great use of time and - despite the number of pages - is a really fast read.show more
by Maryam H
Refreshing and original from page one. I completely enjoyed this book. You know when sometimes you find a book so good you don't care if it's 3am? You just need to keep reading. Well, this one was one of those. Karou is not your average girl. At all. She can't remember her parents, her hair is blue (real blue), she speaks at least 8 languages and her skills for painting are amazing. Oh my, let's not forget the fact that she was raised by chimaeras. Amazingly cool chimaeras who, for some reason, decided to take her in. Do you know what chimaeras are? They are creatures that are part human and part animal. In some cultures they are supposed to be some kind of demons, in others they are simply beings. Since I don't do spoilers you will have to read the book to know who are these creatures. Back to the book: Karou do all sorts of errands for Brimstone, the leader of the chimaera, who collects teeth. Why teeth? He uses them to make necklaces that will grant wishes. Since wishes have different values so does the teeth he uses to create the necklaces. But in one of those errands she runs into an angel who, when he discovers for who she works, tries to kill her but fails because, in the last second, he had to stop. He doesn't know why but he just couldn't kill her. Short after that all the doors that communicate our world with Elsewhere (the chimaeras world) are destroyed stopping Karou from visiting her family who, she is sure, is in great danger. And while trying to discover what went wrong with the doors and finding her family she is about to discover who she is -who she was- and it might be the most difficult thing for her to endure... Maybe Akiva, the angel who tried to kill her, can help her somehow. But sometimes destiny is just pain cruel and sometimes when trying to find answers you just end up stuck in the middle of a war. How convenient, right? Personal opinion: Pick up the book, don't forget a drink, maybe hot chocolate now that winter is coming and sit down with the book. Take a depth breath and let yourself go with the world that Laini Taylor will create for you to see. This amazing author just took the average -and used- fight between angels and demons into another whole level. Karou is clever, strong, independent, fascinating, brave and loyal. The chimaeras are not creatures in her eyes, they are her family, the only thing she has in this world and nothing is going to stop her from finding them. I can't help but admire her. The adventure begins in Prague but get ready to be taken to a lot of different countries, different environments and situations. Karou's life is full of color: friends, places, art, Prague, adventure... every component is a color. Read the book to understand what I'm saying, is difficult to express. This is a love story that will make you heart melt, make you hyperventilate and cry because some things are just too precious to lose. And the title? I couldn't help but smile when I found out the reason of the title. Really, really good!show more
by Alaiel Kreuz
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