REVIEW: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


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 actuallygrows 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?


This could very well be a new favourite series of mine. Laini Taylor’s writing is beautiful, and not overly simplistic like most YA authors tend to be. Her beautiful writing style allowed her to create a captivating story that begins by taking place in the gorgeous city of Prague – an amazing change from YA authors who stay in America.

At first I wasn’t too interested in the story or the main character, as Karou seemed like a fairly uninteresting blue haired art student. But the story picked up about half way through the book when Karou’s way of living was explained, and again when her real past was revealed. Soon everything Karou did captivated me – especially when she meets Akiva. The story of romance even captivated me as it “began” with Akiva trying to kill Karou. But truth after truth was revealed until I was completely shocked.

I have no idea how Laini Taylor came up with such an interesting story or how she came up with the idea for the vast host of different characters. Some of the characters were hard to imagine, but they were all described perfectly, and the world was created flawlessly too. 

The combination of the interesting names (Karou, Brimstone, Zuzanna, Akiva, Chiro…), intriguing settings (Prague, Morocco, Paris…), and the completely new storyline made this book something I couldn’t put down. I stayed up until 5am to finish this because it was THAT good.

A fantasy world merged with the real world to create an unforgettable story of war, family, mystery, magic, and love.

If you enjoyed the Internal Devices series, I would highly recommend this. In both, I’ve experienced a really strong connection to the characters and became really invested in their lives and their story.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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