Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Review

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Norwegian title: Mørk Engel)
Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Hodder
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 432
Originally published: 2011

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
The dice landed on: 5
Did I finish?: Yes.
Do I like the cover?: Yes, very much.

Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student with a most unusual family. From his desk in a dusty, otherworldly shop, her mysterious, monstrous father sends her on errands across the globe, collecting teeth for a shadowy purpose. On one such errand, Karou encounters an angel, and soon the mysteries of her life and her family are unraveled–with consequences both beautiful and dreadful.

I finished this book on the bus to work this morning, and the first thing I did after turning my computer on at work was to go online to check when the next book about Karou will turn up. Amazon says Days of Blood and Starlight will be released on September 18th. September seems very far away right now. In the end there’s supposed to be three books in this series.

As you might have guessed from the previous paragraph, I really liked this book. I think the author has created a really interesting fantasy world, unlike any I’ve ever encountered before. Karou is an engaging leading lady with a lot of depth and the same can be said for the angel. He doesn’t seem very likeable at first, but first impressions can be very misleading. I like being surprised, and this book managed to keep me surprised a lot. Always a good sign.

The only reason I’m not giving the book full marks is that some of the romance bits annoy me. I’m not a great lover of romance novels in general, so I’m easily annoyed by buckling knees and fluttering butterflies. Still, most of the romance in this book was just fine, this is a minor complaint.

The book ends with a cliffhanger…. Aaaargh!!!
I want to know what happens next!



Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Review — 1 Comment

  1. Great review, Eva. I’m so happy you enjoyed this book 🙂 I agree September seems so far away, but that is alright I guess. I have a bunch of other books to read while waiting for the sequel.