Thursday, 14 June 2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Goodreads Summery : "Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came."

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.”

A spellbinding novel and author Laini Taylor took the angels and demons things to a higher level, something beyond brilliant. Daughter of Smoke and Bone arrived with hype, high expectation and an interesting premise; it set the readers on fire, burning in excitement.
I bet there isn’t many YA novel that is such creative work of literature; complex and classy at same time. The plot is intricate and work of extraordinary imagination. An interesting premise delivers a story so promising that is executed with ingenuity and proper care.

Once upon a time,
A little girl was raised by monsters.
But angels burned the doorways to their world,
And she was all alone.

The novel is focused on Karou, a seventeen years old girl caught up in the middle of an ancient war between Angels and Devils. She was good at balancing her two lives. One as a talented artist in Prague who draws figures of chimeras she actually knows, another as a girl running into streets of Paris to Marrakesh for some teeth collecting errands summoned by Brimstone; a demon who raised her like a father. Karou speaks many languages and many of them aren’t even human’s. She is mysterious and she herself doesn’t even know the truth of her existence. Tattooed and blue hair color of Lapis Lazuli, I immediately liked Karou. She is made of hope and love, sweetness and strength. Karou is base of the story, center of everything. Things are incomplete without her but she isn't whole herself.

“He was the most beautiful thing Karou had ever seen. Her first thought, incongruous but overpowering, was to memorize him so she could draw him later.”

Strange black handprints begin to appear in doorways all over the world and an angel laid his fire colored eyes on Karou. When Karou encountered Akiva in streets of Marrakesh, he is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen, and deadly too. Akiva tried to kill Karou but what made him stop??? An angel of unearthly beauty and haunted past, I felt the story became more compelling with his otherworldly presence. Such raw emotion of a tortured soul, my heart lies bleeding and broken.

Once upon a time,
There were two moons, who were sisters.
Nitid was the goddess of tears and life,
And the sky was hers.
No one worshipped Ellai but secret lovers

Love and hate complements each other and the author has brilliantly drawn the fine line between them. The romance was beautifully woven in the story and the fierce attraction between the main characters complemented it perfectly. The moment Karou and Akiva met, their compulsion was more than just attraction, a thread that binds them from some other life; a violent past they shared. A lifeless heart of an angel and Karou brought it into life. Every page I went through and every word I read, I experienced the love and loss same as the characters.

Once upon a time,
An angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well

Redemption has a price to pay; sometimes it costs love, sometimes even a life. When I was trying solve some mystery and unanswered questions about Karou and Akiva , the story took turn and merged into another story from another time of a girl named Madrigal and it took love to another degree of heart rendering pain. Watching her struggled against all odds for the one she loves, some hunting emotions stayed with me long after I finished reading.

Once Upon a Time
An angel and a Devil held a wish bone between them
And its snap split the world in two

The story progressed slowly and I enjoyed the rhythm, bit by bit. The book did justice to readers’ expectation and I was immersed into this dazzling plot and amazing characters. Daughter of Smoke is sometimes hopeful and at some points absolutely heartbroken. How destiny brought the lovers together and how choices depleted against destiny, things I expected never happened and those happened what I never expected. A wish of true love tore the world apart and sky cried blood. the book ended with huge cliffhanger but as I can assume the Days of Blood and Starlight is going to a journey to discover the difference between truth and lies, love and hate; a journey to elsewhere.

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  1. Great review. I hadn't heard of this book.

  2. I loved this book when I read it :)

    1. I'm glad that you loved it too, the book is worth loving