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 grown 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?
At first, I nearly passed on reading this book. Luckily I didn’t. “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” was a book I had a hard time putting down. The writing flowed well, and it was easy to get caught up in what Taylor created with her words. The characters were well-developed, and I loved how she played with the idea of angels, chimaera, and created this other world.
The mystery of what we didn’t know about Karou was frustratingly wonderful. Taylor only ever gave us enough to satisfy us for the moment, but never fully reveals anything until she was ready for us to know. If written poorly, that sort of mystery can feel forced and contrived, but with “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” it was anything but.
The romance was inexplicable at first. But it was the same for the characters too. They’re supposed to be enemies yet they can’t seem to stop themselves from falling in love. That sort of attraction and romance was lovely to read, but did not overpower the story line.
Then we get to the ending, which just worked wonderfully to bring the readers more reason to want to read the next book. A good start, it’ll be interesting to see where Taylor takes the series. This is a recommended read for those interested in YA paranormal romance where there’s a bit more adventure and mystery than there is romance.
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