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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a book unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where THE PASSAGE meets PHILIP PULLMAN and TWILIGHT meets PAN'S LABYRINTH.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.'Remarkable and beautifully written ...The opening volume of a truly original trilogy.' GUARDIANshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 34mm | 299.37g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • n/a
  • 1444722654
  • 9781444722659
  • 1,527

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

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WOW. I wish I had written this book. Patrick Rothfussshow more

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217,285 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (72,242)
3 17% (36,582)
2 5% (11,680)
1 3% (6,782)

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This review might be closer to a... 3.5? However I don't do half ratings so a four it is. Because I'm nice like that. I've been told to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone a lot since it's been released and I've seen a lot of reviews talking about how it's the best thing ever etc etc, however I didn't go into this book thinking that I would feel the same way and approached it the same way I do with every book - a blank slate. I did love it for the most part, particularly at the beginning. It's so refreshing to read a book that isn't set solely in the USA and I've started looking out for those because surprisingly, the USA isn't the only country in the world. Yes, the beginning was awesome. I loved Karou as soon as she made her exes crack itch in a life drawing class and I knew there would be a lot of anger between the two. I loved the vivid descriptions of the city and I really felt like I was there and I really, really loved Karou's backstory and how she grew up. I would be lying if I said I didn't find any faults, however. Kazimir, the jealous ex boyfriend, was used more as a plot device than an actual character. Karou thinks about him often but he only appears in maybe four scenes and doesn't say very much when he's there. I never got a feel for his character or understood why Karou dated him in the first place. The second one almost made me rate this down to 2 stars because I was so irritated. Insta-love. She fights with Akiva when she first meets him, granted, but she falls in love with the guy who's injured her (mild term) and who is supposed to be her enemy so quickly and so passionately that I threw up in my mouth a little. On top of that we get the bs explanation about why they fell in love so quickly that I really didn't appreciate. And then there's being told about how hot Akiva is on pretty much every page in every scene he's in. In one scene her friend goes on and on and on about how much she wants to f*ck him which set my jaw on edge. However, the romance between Madrigal and Akiva really worked for me, even if the Romeo and Juliet tale was obvious. I understood why they were attracted to each other and I was really invested in their story. I would have happily read a longer section about them and their world but I guess that's for another book. The world building was excellent, the characters varied and memorable and Laini's writing flows beautifully. As long as it isn't too heavy on the romance I am looking forward to reading the sequels very much. There's lots of things that I'm hoping will happen in the next book!show more
by Vickie Ramage
Looking for a wish? Then this book is the exact place to find one. This book was something I has heard a lot of hype about and was itching to get my hands on so it was only natural that I finished it pretty quickly, because once I picked it up I could hardly put it down. Laini Taylor has created a world where mythical beings take a new perspective and keeping your teeth has never been more important. So this book follows the life of Karou who was raised by Brimstone a Chimaera and she collects teeth for him in return for wishes. Things become complicated when the Seraphs learn of Brimstone's existence and before she realises Karou's life is turned upside down and she has to trust the people she is told to run from. But there are other things that Karou doesn't know that change her view of the worlds she lives in forever. I would like to start off my saying that this book was a breath of fresh air because it combined an unusual duo of species that I have never encountered before. Chimaera are beings that have various body parts from several animals. For example, Brimstone has a ram's head and the legs of a lion. On the other hand Seraphim are similar to angels in so far as that they have wings and they are beings of godly creation. The combination of these characters is really unique and because Karou is of a Chimaera perspective it also challenges the views that people have of angels. The protagonist Karou is a well-developed character. She has a love of art and languages and, as well as attending art school, she also happens to be an errand girl. With eccentric blue hair, it is easy to tell from the start that she has a unique personality and I would happily spend some time with her at the Poison Kitchen at 'Pestilence'. She is a dreamer and because of this she is always looking for more from her worlds. She is curious by nature and this leads her into a lot of perilous positions without realising. In contrast we are introduced to Akiva a slightly obsessive, stalker Seraph who becomes infatuated with Karou but doesn't quite know why. The plot thickens significantly when he discovers why she is so important to him and one of my favourite features of the book is the section that introduces us to his past. His character is somewhat dis-likable at the beginning but after this discovery I felt a lot of empathy towards him and genuinely felt sorry for the struggles he faced.show more
by Emma Petfield
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