Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor

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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?

Review by Ashleigh

Angels, monsters, a girl with blue hair and a burned handprint on a door that changes everything.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a whirlwind fantasy that is unlike anything I’ve read before. The story follows Karou, an art student in Prague, being raised by chimera and sent on missions to collect teeth in exchange for wishes. Black handprints start appearing on doorways during her missions and her life is flipped upside down. An otherworldly beautiful angel can’t stay away and Karou can’t place the familiar feeling she gets when she’s near him. Her journey navigates a hidden world ravaged by war for decades, the truth of who she was and the power that hope can have on a broken soul.

Prepare to laugh, cry and rage through the events of this book and the rest of the series. Laini Taylor creates another world unlike and yet so alike to our own that it’s difficult to not be drawn in by her writing. I fell in love with this series because of its characters, the difficulties they face and the sacrifices made to save those we care about. This is one of my top fantasy reads.

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