Daughter of Smoke and Bone


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 otherworldly 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?

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I’m not going to lie — I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book when I first picked it up. The cover gave it an aura of cheesy-ness that I wasn’t sure I was ready to endure. But hey, I am the first to admit that you should never judge a book by its cover.

I am so glad that I didn’t! Daughter of Smoke and Bone was terrific. To be honest, it is quite difficult to put into words exactly what made the book so captivating and even more difficult to pinpoint exactly why each character came to life so vividly.  I know that there are people who will disagree – chances are they aren’t into books that center on the otherworldly kind.  But Daughter or Smoke and Bone was more than that.  It was almost as if you couldn’t tell whether you were in a story about war – in a new look at Romeo and Juliet – in a fairy tale – or in all of those combined.  Whichever you chose (at whatever point within the book you chose it), you were right and so captivated that you didn’t even realize when the story changed to be one of the others.

From the beginning, we are following around a young girl named Karou. She is incredibly talented, beautiful and most definitely involved in some really weird stuff. She is that kind of girl that you find yourself drawn to yet, at the same time, you aren’t sure if she might hurt you (for real) in the process.  Her family is strange, but not your normal kind of strange — she has been brought up by chimaera her entire life.  She has always had many questions – questions about her parents, the errands she runs, the door she’s not allowed to open and, most importantly, why has she always felt empty (like something is missing)?

The story really picks up when Akiva is introduced. Not to say that we weren’t already moving at 60 mph, but when Akiva joined we sped up to like 90-100 mph. Akiva brought with him action, suspense, fear and an intimacy that we hadn’t seen yet.  Without giving complete answers, Akiva’s arrival helped push the reader in the right direction when it came to filling in the blanks.  It was amazing how the author was able to lead us without giving the story away all at once.  Even more amazing is the way that Taylor is able to bring the past to the present and explain to us (and to Karou) why she has felt so incomplete for so long.

After all of the ups and downs and excitement, I was worried that Taylor would not be able to provide an ending that was worthy of the story that came before it. She did more than just provide a good ending — she left me at the edge of a cliff trying to decide how long I could wait before throwing myself over into the next book.

As I said earlier, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a great example of how judging a book by its cover would have caused me to pass over a wonderful journey.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes – I was left full of suspense on the last page and must know what happens next.


Genre: Fiction – romance, fantasy
ISBN: 9780316133999
Rating:  good

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