January 21, 2013
Book Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Year Published: 2011
My rating: An undeniable 5/5 stars!
Sometimes, you forget what a good book can do to you. Pounding heart, wide eyes, shortened breath. Daughter of Smoke and Bone revived that feeling in me.
From the turn of the first page, I was sucked into a mysterious world, boldly crafted by Laini Taylor. This is the kind of book in which you have no idea what to expect. The synopsis gave away nothing, which was perfect, because you actually had the freedom to roam around in your own thoughts, your own imagination, and think about all the different possibilities this story could take in. And the writing. Rich, velvety, deep. Yet not overly excessive. Taylor is an amazing storyteller that isn't afraid to show originality.
She was eager, piping. "I could help."
Wistful, entranced. "I could learn."
Determinedly, incorrigible "I could learn"
Reading that passage just solidified my love for this book. Maybe it wasn't Taylor's best passage, but there is something so soothing, so magical about it that made me copy it down immediately.
And the characters. Oh the characters... They weren't all deserving of compassion, but they were so majestically created, so alert and alive, that I couldn't just help but admire them. Karou was fiery, audacious, and clever. (Highlight for spoiler) In one sense, I kind of wished she had her own identity, but her tie to Madrigal did bring a whole new dimension, and profound depth to this story She was a wonderful protagonist who brought a knowing sense of power and vulnerability to the book.
Endeavoring, edgy, and nothing short of brilliant. Daughter of Smoke and Bone will transport you into a daring world where anything, and everything, seems possible.