CBR III Review #149: The Daughters of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
This is another book that suffers from a poor name and description. If Even Steven’s hadn’t recommended it I may never had picked it up. Karou is a young adult that was raised by “monsters” or chimeras. Creatures that are half human half beasts. Karou, however, appears to be mostly human except for tattoos that have always been on her and her blue hair that started to grow that way after she wished it.
Her family wants her to grow up in the human world and Karou only visits her family when they need a task to be done in the human world. These tasks usually involve collecting human teeth for her family to use for their magical purposes. As the story of Karou progresses you learn about the war between the chimeras and winged seraphim. Then one day hand prints show up on the portals that Karou uses to get between her world and her families. What do the hand prints mean and who put them there?
The Daughters of Smoke and Bone is an interesting tale and extremely complex. I had a hard time with the names and locations at times but Lani Taylor is a talented author who created a complex world. I almost switched my honeymoon tickets to Prague after reading her description of it. This is not a book you can sit down and get through quickly but if you can make it through it you will be rewarded. The ending was heartbreaking but entrancing all the same.
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316134023
- ISBN-13: 978-0316134026
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars