I stumbled across this novel in a book store while waiting to meet a friend. Normally I’d browse, read the blurb and make a note to get the book when I can afford it but for some reason when I picked up Daughter of Smoke and Bone I decided to find a comfortable spot on one of the couches and begin reading. I got through the first few chapters before I had to leave and decided that I had to buy right them and there, so I did.
I will admit that I did not get back to the book after I bought until months later. Life happened, I had campus and work and band practice but I’d pick it up every once in a while and read chapter.
Eventually when vacation rolled in I found the time to finally sit down and read. I started from the beginning and read right through the night. I just could not put the book down.
For some reason I felt as though I could relate to Karou. Don’t ask me why, I’m most certainly not a bad ass “errand girl” who was raised by the a devilish beast and could survive a gun shot and fight angels.
Perhaps it was because despite being raised by Chimaera and being kept in the dark about this “other world” she knew existed but only saw tiny glimpses of, Karou still tried to find her place and live a normal(ish) life in the world we know and call home.
Laini Taylor writes beautiful prose. At times it reads like poetry.
“She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx.”
Some of my all time favourite book quotes come from this novel. One of which has stuck with me since I first read it:
“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”
Also, Brimstone gives some good, yet hilarious fatherly advice:
“I don’t know many rules to live by,’ he’d said. ‘But here’s one. It’s simple. Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles–drug or tattoo–and…no inessential penises either.’
‘Inessential penises?’ Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. ‘Is there any such thing as an essential one?’
‘When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,’ he’d replied.”
This book gave me so many feels. It made me smile, it made me chuckled, it made me wonder and left me with sleepless night. It made me cry.
I’m not a fan of insta-love but the plot twist was amazing. The love between Karou and Akiva has a long and tragic history that had me in tears.
Karou’s story moved me. It was filled with monster’s and angels, other worldly wars, magic and deep loss. Yet she never stopped loving nor did she ever give up hope.
I highly recommend this series and I will read it over and over again.
Plus it only get better in Days of Blood and Starlight!