5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1

author: Laini Taylor

pages [hardcover]: 417

memorable quote:
“It’s not like there’s a law against flying.”
“Yes there is.  The law of gravity.”  

favorite characters: zuzzana & akiva


Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book that I’ve been itching to get my hands on for ages. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, saw it at the library, and knew that I needed to check it out. With over 400 pages it was a slightly daunting read, but I got through it in a few days! That’s how addicting Taylor’s writing style is. I loved the beautiful extended metaphors, scattered throughout the book and relating in the most beautiful ways. The characters were divine (even when they were demonic) and the plot was so gripping!

I liked the build-up of everything. Karou has no idea who she is and thus neither do we. We’re left to discover her together through the wonderful landscape of Prague. There are so many gorgeous settings described in this book! I liked how we could read about her normal life steadily going downhill so it wasn’t simply action for the sake of action. And she herself was well-defined before any love interest came along.

The world building was amazing and the concept of the creatures, their true purpose, and everything that was happening was magnificent. There were characters I loved to hate and ones I just plain loved. Humans included. Zuzzana was particularly awesome.

I really recommend this book. To everyone! The writing is just brilliant and poignant and sings to my soul. Different writing styles appeal to different people and this, exactly this, appeals to me. I love it! And I hope you’ll love it, too.

BEAUTIFUL. 5/5 stars


8 thoughts on “Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

  1. Reblogged this on Caught Between the Pages and commented:

    I just reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone because soon (too soon, but also not soon enough?) I’m finally putting my foot down and finishing this trilogy. It’s bittersweet because these are my favorite books. Ever.


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