Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Title:  Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author:  Laini Taylor

Publisher:  Little Brown and Co.

Rating:  3/5

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 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? 

The first half of the book was really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it but after the middle, it started to lose my interest.  I liked Karou and especially liked the setting, Prague.  I loved the visuals Karou provided.  However, I didn’t like Akiva and the whole war between the Chimaera and angels. This part confused me.  Like what exactly are the Chimaera?  I know what they are in the literal sense, half animal-half human but is that just there name as a whole group?  Because they said there are multiple species of Chimaera, right?  We know even less about the angels, except that they are bred to be warriors.  I understand it’s a series and you can’t explain it all right away but I would have liked a bit more information.


Like I said, I loved the first half of Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I started to get bored and annoyed around the time Akiva showed up.  At first, he seemed interesting and I knew he was somehow related to Karou in one way or another but then his stoic-ness just annoyed me.

Now I have to admit, I wasn’t happy with Karou turning out to be Madrigal.  I kind of saw it coming but I hoped it wouldn’t actually happen.  Though it did explain the connection between Akiva and Karou.  I was really worried this would be another insta-love but thankfully it wasn’t.

The whole deal with Brimstone and the teeth.  When I found out they were used to resurrect Chimaera I was really surprised.  I didn’t see that one coming.  I thought they were what he used for the wishes or something.

My main problem was the trouble I had getting into the world.  By the end of the book, I still wasn’t fully in it and that cost me.

So, will I read the rest of the series? Maybe.  Only because I have some questions that I think the other books might answer.

If you’re the kind of person who likes high fantasy and doesn’t have any problem getting inton other worlds, then I’d totally recommend.  Otherwise, not really.

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