I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone last week. As I closed the book on the last page all I could say was ‘wow’. A unique and powerful book, Laini Taylor has crafted what is now one of my favourite books.
The story follows Karou, an arts student living in Prague who has an adopted family not of this world. World building is strong and captivating. The subtle nuances that mark the two different worlds Karou lives in are strong. The language used differs enough that were we not taken on the transition between Earth and Elsewhere, we would still recognise where we (and the characters!) are.
Without spoiling the story, Karou becomes cut off from Elsewhere and has to find her way back to her family. Joined by an enigmatic and mysterious companion, Karou journeys to find not only her way home, but where she comes from.
As I mentioned before, the world building was amazing in this story. The images leap from the page and the artistry in the landscape of the story is a perfect mirror to Karou’s art, which plays a large part of her story. This in turn bolsters the character building of the story. Every player in this story is well thought out and vibrant.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantastical and lavish stories. It’s an engaging read with beautiful language and characters.