Friday, September 2, 2011
Laini Taylor has once again proved herself to be a truly magnificent writer. Her prose reads like poetry in this enticing and odd book. Karou is a splendid character: a bit peculiar, witty, and curious. She is a very capable person, but her curiosity and drive to learn where she came from do get her in trouble at times. She's a plucky and resourceful heroine, and someone readers will easily be able to look up to.
The imagery in this novel is exceptional; readers will happily lose themselves in the winding streets and curious nooks and crannies of Prague, the dark mysteries of Brimstone's shop, and the strange wonders of the chimaera world. The mystery of Karou's origin is most compelling, especially as each section of the novel is prefaced with little lead-ins such as, "Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well." Theories about the truth will abound, but Taylor keeps surprising readers until the very end, as she shifts between Karou's perspective in the modern world to the worlds of angels and demons, where battle is constantly being waged. The imagination in this book is impressive and stunning. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is breathtaking, romantic, heartbreaking, and mysterious--there simply aren't enough words to describe it. All anyone needs to know is that this atmospheric and richly layered book certainly lives up to the hype.
Cover Comments: I love the font of the title and the bright blue of the mask. It's a neat perspective--I love how it appears to be too big and bold for the cover to fully capture. The shadows, the positioning of it all, the one eye visible--it's so precise and affecting. I love this cover.
ARC picked up at BEA.
This book will be available on September 27th, 2011, and it is also this month's pick for the Monthly Commenter Contest!