I haven’t posted an article in a while, but here is a review of this fantastic book I finished at the beginning of the month!
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Author: Laini Taylor
My rating: ★★★★☆
Karou has been raised by a mysterious group of chimaera until she was old enough to live on her own and is now studying art in Prague, running mysterious errands for her strange family, and trying to get away from her ex boyfriend.
But soon, the traces of burnt black hands appear on the doorways that lead her to her beloved chimaera, and people claim to have witnessed angels – but beware, angels are not as nice as we thought.
Karou travels from Paris to Marrakesh and all around the world, but when she meets Akiva, her life is about to be transformed and soon she realises that her past hides much more than she could ever imagine.
I read this book as part of a readalong on Books Amino, and I’m so glad it was the pick of the month because otherwise I would probably never have read it, but oh boy, it was amazing. To be honest, I had heard a lot about this book, but I had no idea what it was about, and for some reason, I was sure that it was overrated. But my conclusion is that in facts, it is worth all the praise. I jumped in not really knowing what to expect, and in the end, it was an amazing journey.
What struck me the most is the fantastic world building. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an incredible fantasy, which seems to be a mix of both urban and high fantasy. And it’s a really perfect blend. It just works, in the most amazing way. I never knew I wanted to read about chimaera and angels that badly, but apparently, I really did.
I loved the world that Laini Taylor built here, and I absolutely loved all the characters. I really appreciated the fact that Karou had a best friend who had nothing to do with this crazy amazing world, but who still got included in the story, and that’s what I live for. I always feel like it when perfectly “normal” human beings get mixed up in this kind of story, so this was a nice surprise.
It took some time to get to it, but I absolutely loved the back story of Akiva and Madrigal. I loved learning more about the chimaera and this fascinating world. And hopefully, this hunger will be even more satisfied in the next books.
My only regret is that the romance was really rushed in my opinion, and even though we get some explanations later on, it still bothered me from at least 50% of the book. They did seem to be wonderful together though, it’s just that I felt like some building up was lacking. I still enjoyed this book nevertheless, and I am left with so many questions that I HAVE TO pick up the sequel.
One more thing I wanted to add before concluding this article is the fact that the setting was really wonderful, both when it came to the fantasy and the earthly world. I have personally been to Paris, Prague and Marrakech but these are not setting often found in YA books and I have to say it made me really happy. I think Prague was an amazing choice of setting, and it’s also really refreshing to see something a little bit different!
Let me know your thoughts if you have read this book, and if you haven’t, then I definitely recommend it!