Book Review | Daughter Of Smoke And Bone
Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Tayor
Scorched black handprints are appearing on doorways around the world, put there by winged strangers. A devils supply of human teeth have grown dangerously low and Karou a young art student in Prague is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Karou speaks many languages (not all of them human), she disappears on mysterious errands and her blue hair actually grows out of her head that colour. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her and she is about to find out. She meets a beautiful stranger in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. Will she regret learning the truth?
My favourite character is Zuzana, she is energetic, funny and has a fabulous attitude, a hilarious come back, weird remark or dark idea for punishment can be expected from her. I really relate to her sense of humour and her position of best friend to Karou is clear and well deserved. Although Karou is the main character in the book I found her a bit dry at times and did not love her as much as Zuzanna who we only get to see sporadically through the book. Akiva the beautiful stranger she meets in Marrakesh is a well written complex character which had me torn over what I felt about him sometimes and then. Others he is very likeable.
Laini Taylor writes beautifully and there is something almost lyrical to her work. She was able to conjure vivid images and a whole new world in my mind. However this book lost it for me in the story. The concept was great but I felt the story was lacking, it seemed like more of a love story that incorporated fantasy rather than an actioned filled fantasy novel which rightly or wrongly I was expecting.
The story unfolds quite slowly but I was interested to learn more about the characters, this other world, the magic and what the teeth were used for. The lyrical writing and small pieces of information that are drip fed to the reader is what pulled me through this book. The ending did leave me a little curious as to what would happen next however I’m a little disappointed because I had heard great things about this book and it didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m giving this book 3 stars and I hope that the rest of the series gets better.