Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (#1 of 3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Original language: English
Karou is a strange girl, with strange abilities. She sketches strange creatures seemingly out of her imagination, her hair naturally grows blue, and she can speak strange languages. Karou works for a devil who can construct ‘chimera’ out of human teeth and animal bones. In the midst of a war against angels trying to invade the human world, Karou meets Akiva, a fiery-eyed gentle soul who somehow is linked to her past, bringing them both deeper into secrets and bloodshed than either one could imagine. Both enemies and lovers at once, Karou and Akiva share a star-crossed love that will be either the making or the fall of their world, and ours.
I love this book. So much. The world that hides behind our own is imaginative and original. Who doesn’t like a good angels vs demons plot? The twist here is that the angels are the evil ones… a concept rarely explored in literature.
Karou is a strong, kick-ass heroine that is so endearing, you can’t help but feel her sorrow and happiness. She lives in Prague with her best friend Zuzana (a spit-fire little thing, full of life and character). While going to school and trying to live a normal life, she gets called back by the Chimera she calls family, to go on crazy missions to collect gruesome items in the human world (such a teeth and bones). In the mirror world of our own, Chimera and Angels wage an incessant war for dominance over the land. Aviva is one of those angels, a heartless warrior, one of the hundreds of bastards born to the seraphim emperor. Sent on a mission to destroy the portals between the human world and his own, Akiva meets Karou in Marrakech per chance. Sparks fly immediately, sending the two into a fantastical Romeo & Juliet -esque adventure.
The characters were well written and grew appropriately through out the book. The construction of the chimera and the angels was also ingenious and interesting to study. Overall, Daughter of Smoke & Bone truly deserves high praise for its originality and stellar execution.