My rating: 5 of 5 stars
At first, I was worried that this book might be a 418-pg cliche. The inside jacket and back cover do not do it justice. Daughter of Smoke & Bone surpassed my expectations with endless surprises. There is everything in this book: art, magic, family, love, war, mystery. From cover to cover, it’s a completely fun and thought-provoking adventure. I loved every second of it.
Karou is inspirational, just as an artistic young woman living in Prague. And even if that’s all she was, she’d be a great, dynamic character. But she’s so much more than that. And as she begins to uncover the truth of her past and her identity, readers uncover other truths- not just about her world, but about ours, and about how the black and white preconceptions we’ve always believed in have the preeminent potential to be false; a blurred line of grays and hidden truths that exist in place of the ideology we’ve been taught. And amid all of that, simple concepts prevail, like peace and hope.
Laini Taylor is a master storyteller. Her insights, peppered deftly throughout Daughter of Smoke & Bone, could change more than Karou’s world of fictional seraphim and chimaera, but our own world as well. And like Taylor comments, our world is a “wild and inspiring place,” which is all the more apparent after reading her awe-inspiring tale.