Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone : The Sunday Times Bestseller. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 1

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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
  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • n/a
  • 1444722638
  • 9781444722635
  • 137,198

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

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I never intended to read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE in the first place. Now I'm so glad Hodder & Stoughton sent me a copy and made me pick this book up. I read it in only a few days and it totally rocked my holidays. ~ It's Magic ~ "Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic" The story around protagonist Karou is set in many places. The larger part of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE takes place in atmospheric and cultural Prague. But magical portals allow Karou to travel to places all over the world like Paris or Marrakesh. Author Laini Taylor did such a fantastic job describing all the different cities, I could almost feel my feet wandering the Charles bridge in Prague and smell the foreign spices in Marrakesh. It's incredible how many places and worlds we get to discover! ~ Some hot stuff ~ "Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well." Now meet Karou, blue-haired heroine extraordinaire. She's a tough and talented young woman who loves to draw and has still so much to discover about her past. I immediately cared about her. Karou's got a talent to draw so vividly you'd think her motifs of humans with animal limbs and heads were real. For Karou they are. Every time she goes through that special door, she'll get to a place called Elsewhere, where her family made up of otherworldly beings lives. And this magical place is just the entrance to a world larger than any human being could imagine. The moment Karou meets stranger Akiva is intense. They have a special relationship, which can be described by so many various feelings, old and new to both of them, and I loved to see how they became more intimate and sure over the course of the story. Akiva is some hot stuff! There are so many other characters introduced to us and every single one of them felt really authentic and alive to me with their unique personalities and histories. Behind the story lies a war that is as ancient as the two races involved themselves. I'd love to gush about the beings Laini Taylor chose to build the story of DAUGHER OF SMOKE AND BONE around, but I don't want to ruin the fun of discovering their secrets and origins yourselves. I knew so little about this book at first and was surprised of how much it had to offer in the end. I enjoyed the journey pretty much. And you won't be disappointed either! ~ The creation ~ "Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star." Laini Taylor achieved to create a gigantic story background and a wonderful world construct filled with so many colourful characters and places that simply captivate your mind. With each page Laini Taylor reveals a historical background to our character cast that really got to me. It's so beautiful and cruel at the same time. Every single detail fits perfectly and contributes to a wonderful story. Taylor's writing is hyper-engaging. She writes with wit, fun and always seems to find the right amount of words to make a scene lively and relevant. The story is told from a 3rd person narrator and follows Karou and Akiva among others. The headlines are all made up of words or elements that are a significant part of each chapter. Each chapter offers a pleasant page count and you'll definitely have to mark a few of the sixty chapters as your favourites. ~ A much loved fairy tale blockbuster ~ "Oh, Hell. Must. Mate. Immediately." DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE feels like a much loved fairy tale of your childhood and at the same time like this very exclusive and exquisitely hot and action-packed blockbuster. THE VERDICT DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a complexly constructed story, which consists of many layers of history and action. It's so much fun exploring them. Laini Taylor created a world of wishes, mysteries and magic. Find out which role dozens of teeth and smoke play in it! I haven't read a book that captivated me as much as DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE in a long time. You'll love it!show more
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