Published: September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre & Keywords: Fantasy
Other Books From Author: Days of Blood and Starlight (BOOK 2), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (BOOK 3), Dreamdark series, Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses
Blue-haired orphan, Karou, doesn’t know where she comes from. On the one hand, she’s a 17 year old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature in ‘Elsewhere’, Brimstone, the closest thing she has to family. She has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. 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.
Reading a fantasy novel is unlike reading a contemporary. You can’t simply exclaim, “YAY let me pick up this book and read for 10 minutes!!” It takes a truckload of patience to understand a world different from where we are now but you HAVE TO GIVE IT A CHANCE. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a fantastic story once you get used to it. Laini Taylor went to great depths in crafting and weaving the ancients lore into the story so by the time everything clicked in the story, I was utterly blown away. Laini’s lush prose is hauntingly beautiful and perfect in enveloping this tragic love story. I’m a sucker for gorgeous prose.
To be fair, many things about this book is pretty weird, especially Karou’s family of chimaera, yet these half-creatures felt more human to me. Beneath their grotesque appearance is a family I wish I could have known better. Same can be said about Akiva & Karou’s relationship. Yes, it’s considered insta-love. Yes, it’s not-quite-right. The thing is: here is a love story bigger than 2 people. They are the figurehead of an unending war with no choice of their own. Even if the romance may not have been the greatest, I totally bought the tragedy.
Karou is a confident young lady who draws the most imaginative and otherworldly things, but she doesn’t have a core purpose in this story. I closed one eye this time in favour of the extra time spent developing the nuances of this world, which I enjoyed far more than I had expected to!
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