The Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Ok, so yesterday’s post was kinda mean. Well, not mean, but it wasn’t really a review as much as it was a demanding rant.
Sorry about that.
But The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Holy crap it’s good. It’s so good that when it ended, I didn’t pick up another book for three days because I couldn’t imagine reading anything else. And in my world, not picking up a book for three days is a big deal. HUGE. My guy was a little worried when I was reading magazines and…gasp…talking to him instead of ignoring him (in my defense, he likes to read as well and is rarely offended when I ignore him).
Every time I give the premise of Daughter, people look at me like I’m nuts. It’s so involved and so intricate it can be a little confusing. So stick with me for a minute mmkay?
17 year old Karou lives a double life in Prague. On the one hand she’s an extremely talented art student who doesn’t have a family and is a little mysterious. On the other hand she’s an errand girl for the chimaera (mythical beings made up of different animals and human parts) who raised her. However, because they are part animal, part human, the chimaera do not venture out into the human world. Karou must access them through a one-way portal: she knocks on a door and it is opened to her. If she tries to open the door from the outside, she cannot enter. Brimstone, the head chimaera, is a Wishmonger – if you bring him things he wants, he pays in wishes. And usually what he wants are teeth. Karou is usually sent out to collect teeth from all kinds of people, both normal and…well…unsavory. Upon returning from an errand, Karou notices a handprint has been seared into the door of the portal. About a week later, she is attacked by a seraph – a super hot angel dude. Shortly thereafter, all the portals burn down and Karou is left alone in the human world. As she tries desperately to find a way back to the only family she’s ever known, the seraph – Akiva – reappears in her life, and Karou is drawn to him for completely inexplicable reasons.
And that? Is only about a third of the actual plot. The plot is amazing – twists and turns and creativity I never would have imagined. The world Taylor creates is mystical and fantastic and so completely believable you will get lost in it. And not lost as in “ohmygoodness where am I”, lost as in “I have animals to feed and a job to do? Pah. I shall read and nothing else”.
And on the last page, you will simultaneously want to hug and curse Taylor. Hug her because she has created this amazing work of fiction that is romance, action, fantasy wrapped together with a little comedy, and curse her because the sequel Days of Blood and Starlight (the title was just announced Friday on Taylor’s blog) isn’t due out until this fall. Oh, the horror. I seriously don’t know if I can wait that long. I’ve already contacted Taylor and begged for an advanced copy.
And yes, I will be sending her a link to this review in the hopes that she finds me witty and charming and sends me an advanced copy.
If not, you can bet your knickers I WILL NOT work immediately following the release of Days of Blood and Starlight. I will be reading and neglecting the rest of my life for at least 24 hours.
I also just noticed on her blog that Universal already owns the film rights. There are only 52 days left until Hunger Games the movie is released. And you all know how excited I am about that right? NO LIE: I’d trade Hunger for Daughter. THAT’S HOW AWESOME IT IS.
So go read it. Now.