Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

8490112Published: September 27th, 2011

by: Little Brown BFYR

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 5 Stars 5stars-600x201 (1)

Around the world, black hand prints 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 otherworldly 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?



I kicked myself for not reading this book sooner. It has sat on my shelf for years, but I never had the urge to read it like I did when I first bought it. Something kept telling me to wait. I’m even more pissed that I didn’t buy the others when they came out, because then I could have binge read the trilogy over a weekend. If you haven’t read these books (or at least this one), I’m here to tell you to hurry and make that happen. I love angels. And while this one has them, it also has chimera, demons, and magic. I never thought I’d fall in love with another angel after Raffe from Penryn & the End of Days. Instead of archangels, we have seraphims here. And my, does Akiva leave an impression. I’m so ready to read the next book.

Reasons Why You Should Dive Into This World….

Karou is an awesome heroine. You know her,but you don’t know her. Make sense? She’s this mysterious blue-haired girl who collects teeth for her monster mentor. She has no clue of her origins, only loving her chimera family members as if they are blood related. They raised and trained her, so she feels the need to keep them close. I love her spunkiness where her “human” life is concerned. While she goes on her errands for Brimstone, she manages to have a social life. She loves art, and even though the subjects of her drawings are fictional to her friend, they are very much real. We are left uncovering everything page by page with Karou, so the mystery is really well spread throughout. 

The world building is not immediately described, but it gets there as the mystery deepens. However, the “human” world is pretty rich in detail, as Karou travels from place to place. The setting of Prague is very Gothic and I found myself picturing it all in perfect detail. The different magic used was interesting, and the characters are all well placed. I love all the plot twists, and I was totally surprised when a certain *ahem* revelation came to light. The writing is as beautiful as the world and characters, so you will definitely feel like you are dreaming.

And lastly, Akiva. To say that I was swooning left and right would be an understatement. It’s not his beautiful angel self that had me swooning, I was caught up in his pain of a love lost. I love the chemistry that he and Karou have, and it was hard to forget his place at times. Karou has gone her whole life not knowing who/what she is, so it was a little frightening. Still, the romance is so beautifully written, that you cannot ignore it. It made this whole story plausible, and I can’t wait to read more.

I highly, without a doubt, recommend this book. I’m not sure what the hell I was waiting on, but I’m glad that I finally read it. Now I just have to get the other two so I can finish. I just hope that the story only gets better from here.


20 thoughts on “Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

  1. Wow this must be good to elicit 5 stars — I haven’t read it yet but sounds like I need to! Great review!!


  2. OOOOH! I just picked this book up a month ago, and I’ve been contmeplating when to actually get to reading it, but your review has made me put it way up my TBR!

    Karou sounds amazing, as does Akiva, and now I can’t wait. I haven’t read a book with angels in it for FOREVER.

    Great review, Lekeisha.


  3. I read this such long time ago but never continued with the series. I really liked the first half of the book but the 2nd somehow didn’t appeal. Nice that you get to read the whole series without waiting. It’s always better that way! Wonderful review, Lekeisha! 🙂


  4. Glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve heard great things about it but haven’t actually read it myself… Maybe one day 🙂


  5. I’m so glad you liked it! It’s on my favorite’s list–though I’ll admit, the first time I read it I had a hard time getting into the Madrigal storyline. Once I figured out the purpose of it, though, I loved it–and I’ve loved it on every reread.

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of the rest of the trilogy!


  6. I loved this one too! I am such a sucker for forbidden romance. Personally I didn’t think either of the two sequels lived up to this first book, but then again DoSaB did set a massively high bar for me. 😀


  7. Everyone really loves this book but is it bad that for some reason I just can’t stand the cover at all? Nonetheless, I trust your opinions greatly so I have decided I am going to add this one to my TBR. It sounds like the mystery in this one comes well together with the characters and the world building and everything including it as well. Glad you loved it!


  8. Fantastic review! I love this series and I’m sure you will love the next two books as well! I love Karou and Akiva. I miss this series already even though I read it not long ago. I kicked myself for not reading it sooner as well!


  9. YES FINALLY!!!! So glad you finally read this amazing book. The other two books in the trilogy are just as amazing (probably why I have 2 hardback copies of the entire trilogy). I got a friend to have one signed and I was totally fan girling when I received the package. Great review!!!!


  10. A friend of mine just read this and felt pretty much the same. So, all I know now is I’m missing out by not having read it yet. I’ll get there and I hope I feel the same. Nice review, btw!


  11. Awesome. Thanks for the review. I have been meaning to buy the whole series FOREVER! I had decided for next month and now I have a dilemma whether to start collecting Lanini Taylor or complete the Fairyland series. Book worm problems!!


  12. I forgot about this one. You have me reinvested in wanting to read it. Thanks!
    Hope you find the next installment soon so you don’t implode. haha!


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