Daughter of Smoke and Bone By: Liani 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 grown 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 one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored 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?


     Daughter of Smoke and Bone is about Karou, who was raised my monsters called chimeras. Karou has always felt like a little piece of her is missing and has always asked herself, “what” is she. Then she meets a serph, and angel, named Akiva and everything unravels.
     Daughter of Smoke and Bone was great because of the mystery behind every character. Even the main character had a mysterious background untill the end of the book. The main characters in the book were Karou, Akiva and Madrigal. Karou was awesome because she was fearless, she’s a bit of a mystery, and her description was awesome. she had lapis lazuli, gem stone like, blue hair and black eyes. Oh yeah, she can draw and draw beautifully at that! I imagined her drawings quite beautiful but with a deep rendering darkness behind it. Akiva was a cool character because all he wanted was peace but it went awry, sadly twice, once with Madrigal and once with Karou. Madrigal was awesome like Karou (for people who read this: hehehe, did you get the joke) only she fights in wars, which I highly respect and think is awesome, she’s a little assistant to Brimstone, and all she wanted was hope. I like how Madrigal didn’t care about appearances and has compassion.
     I liked the book because of the flashback-inception. three quarters through the book and it was a flask back of her having a flash back. it was pretty freaking awesome on how the author did that without me getting completely confused. Also, I’ve never read a book like that. I like how every few chapters there would be a gap and then it would say, Once upon a time,……. I really liked that because it made me feel like I was reading a faery tale, almost. Oh My Gosh! There was a masquerade! Any book with a masquerade has my vote and heart. I loved when they were at the masquerade and Akiva, he’s an angel so he wasn’t aloud to go, kept changing masks with drunkards! I found that hilarious because no one found out he was there and also, when those drunkards woke up with a hangover they were probably really confused because of the changing of their masks. I really liked the setting because it was unique and I haven’t read a book (City of Lost Souls doesn’t count) with the story taking place in the Czech Republic. I thought it was cool that she knows certain things because of certain wishes and presents, like for example she knows eleven different languages, accents, and has blue hair, because of the outcome of presents/wishes. Also, this book wasn’t predictable and that’s worth an award because sometimes you read a book and you already now everything that happened  I didn’t see the reason for the teeth coming. I thought it was because it converts to magic or wishes or something. But it’s actually for something even more awesome, resurrection  I, also didn’t see the missing piece of Karou coming, I only guessed half of it. The book made me think of how life is about love, hope for a better future, and how little things can change a persons life. Akiva made me think that because of what Madrigal did for him, on the battle field of Bullfinch, and how that effected him for the better good. I know that just went real deep but if there’s anything I learned from this book it’s that.
     Overall, the book was amazing! There was angels, masquerades, flashback-inception, firsts, and deep thoughts that come from the heart. I hope that in the next book we see more flash backs to when Madrigal was around and that Akiva and Karou settle their problems.

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