I had ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ sitting on my shelf for a while and I’m not sure what drove me to buy it. However, I did and Im so glad for several reasons that we will now discuss.
“Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.”
‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ by Laini Taylor is a young adult novel primarily focusing on the rivalry and war between two races; the Chimera and the Angels. When we first meet Karou, a blue haired seventeen year old student living in Prague, she is a mystery. Shes part of two vastly different worlds, the mundane world like ours and the Elsewhere – the Chimera world. Karou plays a errand girl to a strange creature (Brimstone), one you would imagine lurked in nightmares but he is the closest thing she has to a family. Karou has many mysteries surrounding her; why did an angel try to kill her, why does Brimstone collect teeth, and the biggest mystery of all, is herself.The book follows Karous as she puts together pieces about her life and the world she belongs in, and her pursuit of desperately wanting to discover, who she really is and what is the purpose of her errands.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well.”
I scoffed this book down like I had been starved. It is a brilliant story about love, angels, hope, the past and the present. Laini also throws in a little travel and adventure, so its the recipe for the perfect easy to read, imaginative story.
So let me tell you a thing or two that I loved about his book:
- The brooding, steaming hot Angel – Akiva.
- Right from the very first chapter, you are hooked. From the very beginning the book is captivating and promises a fascinating and enchanting story.
- The vivid description of the many settings is mesmerising. It places the reader right in middle of the scene as if you were actually experiencing the sights and the smells.
- The execution of incredible ideas is just epic. The way Laini reveals parts of the character is just simply brilliant. For example Karou is an artist, and she always carries a sketchbook. In her book she has drawings of the Elsewhere characters that her human friend are familiar with, but just as figments of Karous imagination, and just that.
- I find Karou so relatable, just some of her traits make her an appealing character as you can almost walk in her shoes, see the world from her eyes.
- The reader is given hints and small pieces of the puzzle throughout the book, until you gather the pieces to reveal the masterpiece that Laini has created.
- This idea of collection little pieces is reflected in Karous character as she feel empty, like a half. The more she learns about herself the more sense of ‘whole’ she feels.
- The plot is interesting, enticing and unpredictable.
“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”
There are also two main things that I didn’t find so appealing about the book.
- Firstly, the blurb is absolutely trash. It does not do the book justice at all. I nearly didnt pick the book up, simply because the blurb didn’t entice me into reading it at all.
- The ending? I know its a series and there are other books that follow on from the story, but the ending wasn’t fantastic as I had expected. It was so abrupt, I expected at least a chapter or so. The end was not satisfying at all, however I am just about to order the next two books in the series.
“She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”
That is it for today. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read many more books by the brilliant story -teller that is Laini Taylor. Let me know if you have read any of her books. See you soon.