Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor

It's hard to find the words to begin with this book.  So let's go back to the beginning...

When I was younger, I read a lot of fantasy.  Anything with a unicorn or a dragon on the cover was taken home from the library.  Sometimes my favourites were borrowed over and over and over again.  I loved Piers Anthony and I think I read every book he'd ever written.  The Xanth series will always hold a special place in my heart.

But then somewhere along the line, I lost the ability to comprehend fantasy.  The character names were confusing (seriously, you need at least ONE vowel in a name), I got lost in the descriptions of different beasts and far-off places.  I became one of those people who only read contemporary fiction.  Is this just part of growing up?

There's always been a part of me that has yearned for going back to those days of reading about far-off places, dragons, and adventure, but the fantasy genre is a tough one to break back into if you aren't sure where to begin.

Enter Daughter of Smoke & Bone.  I didn't know that this book was fantasy when I picked it up, but about 20 pages in I realized that it definitely wasn't just paranormal -- it was a little more fantastical than that.  Taylor's writing was so beautiful and poetic that the story just swept me along from chapter to chapter, and I found myself struggling to keep my eyes open at midnight, wanting to read just ONE more chapter before I succumbed to sleep.

I don't want to even talk about the plot at all (which is so touching and perfect and mysterious and perfectly paced) because I want each reader to discover it for herself.  I can't wait to see where the story goes in the next installment!


  1. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm glad you liked this one. It was probably my fav book of the year. The characters and the story were so layered. I loved Karou's "family."


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