REVIEW: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Mesmerising, simply mesmerising. Taylor's narrative is a haunting whisper, the words sewn together in a lace of light and darkness. Daughter of Smoke and Bone will leave an indelible mark upon its readers, but that mark won't be gentle; that mark will be resonant of a thousand scorching hands, burning their imprint.

Author: Laini Taylor | Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton | Pages: 420 | Source: Bought |

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 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?

MY THOUGHTS: Once upon a time, a girl read a book that was indescribable. She tried to find the words, but despite her constant attempts, they wouldn't come. There were no words left.

And, I have to say, it's not often I can say "this book left me speechless" with complete sincerity. Yet, that said, it's not very often I read a book like Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor is a wordsmith, in the sense that the placement of every word is perfection. It's as if each combination of specific words results in a different type of beauty, with Laini Taylor knowing each combination.

As for the characters, they were so fleshed out and raw and perfect. Each character, from the blue-haired Karou to the sidesplittingly hilarious Zuzanna to the wishmonger Brimstone was riddled with complexity and thought. Yet, the best part of the characters is that there's so much Laini Taylor can do with them in the next two books: each one of them is a work-in-progress and we will witness each of them flourish into something incredible.

Upon initially discovering this book I was worried it wouldn't live up to the enchantment the blurb hinted at. But, thankfully, I needn't have worried. Daughter of Smoke of Bone was everything I could have wished for.


  1. I have been obsessing over this book all year, and as the wait for the sequel slowly draws to a close, I am in fangirl hyperdrive. I'm even considering getting a DOSAB-themed tattoo in the near future.

    Great review. I can't wait to read what you have to say of Days Of Blood And Starlight, which I plan on having in my hands as early as possible Tuesday morning.

    I know this is a shameless plug, but I recently reviewed this book on my blog PaperFantasies, so feel free to check it out. :) Just click on my name for the link.

    1. Thanks for leaving such a detailed and long comment -- I'll definitely be checking out your blog :)


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