Reading Daughter of Smoke and Bones, the first installment in a new trilogy by Laini Taylor, is worth the frustration of the agonizing wait for the next two installments. The book, a spectacularly written YA paranormal, seamlessly integrates science fiction and reality and offers a heroine who is neither a wallflower nor defined by her sassy quips, which is often what passes for “character” in some of these hastily marketed books. In Karou, the heroine, Taylor has created a unique and captivating individual, one to whom the reader can connect and whose story we are eager to follow.
Karou, however, is only one of the many reasons why Daughter of Smoke and Bones is a must read for fans of the paranormal/scifi genre. Taylor has created a richly layered world that both complements and stands in opposition to our own, and the characters she chooses to inhabit this world are as memorable as their environs.
The difficulty in reviewing this book is not to give too much away. Karou, an art student in Prague with naturally growing blue hair, runs mysterious errands for her adopted family of otherworldly black market dealers who specialize in wishes and trade in teeth. Karou’s identity is the biggest reveal of the book, as is the truth about the black hands that have been appearing burned on doors all over the world. While some of the plot devices are not unique, Taylor has breathed new life into them, rendering them, if not original, unforgettable.
Why you might love this book: Creative and memorable in character and plot, this book is a great read.
Why you might not love this book: If you hate waiting for the next installment, you may want to hold off until Taylor complete the trilogy.
Rating: 5 out of 5 black cats.
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers