Daughter Of Smoke and Bone


How did I get it?:
A present from my sister.


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 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?


I have been meaning to read this book for so long. I have seen it on so many Top Ten lists, seen it listed as favourite series by many bloggers and just generally read the hype around it. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. I have the sequel to read this month as well, which I’m looking forward to. My overall opinion of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, is that it’s a good, unique paranormal/fantasy read but it’s not quite a five star read for me, because I felt the pace really slowed down towards the middle of the book.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone centres around Karou. Karou is a fairly normal seventeen year old, living in Prague. Karou studies art. She draws inhuman characters, which her friends want to know about. Karou is living another life. She carries out errands for Brimstone and finds herself surrounded by the characters that she draws. Throughout Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou finds out who she really is. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, because sometimes I think it’s nice to jump into a story without knowing a lot about it.

I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone was particularly gripping at the beginning. This was largely to do with the imaginative world that Laini Taylor has created. It’s intriguing and imaginative. I’m particularly impressed with Laini Taylor’s writing. I think although the story did slow down, the writing was beautiful and easy to read. I’m already looking forward to reading Days Of Blood and Starlight.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Frost Hollow Hall- Emma Carroll

8 thoughts on “Daughter Of Smoke and Bone

  1. Great review! I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while after seeing it literally everywhere, I like that it’s imaginative in terms of the fantasy, It’s always a refreshing break from the majority of fantasy that lacks, well… detailed fantasy! Great post!

  2. I just finished it yesterday and agree that while it’s really imaginative and well written, the pacing was quite slow down towards the middle, which put me off. I preferred reading about Karou and I didn’t find the switch to Akiva’s memories as engaging as Karou’s perspective (even though I knew the memories would be relevant to the story later on). I also think my favourite part was the first 100 pages where we see Karou try & manage her double life and wonder about Brimstone and the teeth. There was a great hook at the start of the novel and I found it hard to put it down at times. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel to this! 🙂

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