“Hope? Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” -Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Daughter of Smoke & Bone is the first book in a trilogy by Laini Taylor. It follows a girl named Karou who lives two different lives. One life consists of Prague, art school, and her best friend Zuzanna. Her other life is a swirl of secret portals, teeth, and magic. This is a book best gone into with a vague idea of what it is about, so I am keeping this review vague.
This is a story of forbidden love and war, but at its core it is about hope. Laini Taylor has crafted a beautiful, unique world with a message of the importance of hope, and love.
If you enjoyed her other series, Strange the Dreamer, I think you will appreciate that this series also follows people who dare to dream of a better world. The characters in this story are interesting, funny, and real. They don’t always live their truth, whether out of duty or pain, and that is what makes them fascinating. Razgut, however, is truly creepy and repulsive.
This was a re-read for me and I do not plan to review the other books in the series except for the novella, but I will say that the whole series is fantastic, and the world gets bigger with each book. Daughter of Smoke & Bone is probably my favorite because I prefer fantasy that is on a smaller scale and contains fewer characters. However, this is the series that really got me into fantasy. Taylor’s books are slower paced and focus more on characters than action. Her worlds are unlike anything I’ve read and her writing is lovely. I can’t recommend this series enough.