Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Book Review: 4.5 stars
Ok excuse me for a second while I relish in the fact that this book was surprisingly AMAZING!! The whole concept of Daughter of Smoke and Bone was intriguing, the characters are incredibly real and I’ve decided that I want to live in this world. I don’t think anything will change my mind at this point….nope. nothing.
Once you first get over the fact that these characters have weird names, and clearly something strange is going on when Karou likes to hang with some odd hybrids that ask her to collect teeth…you sort of just fall in love with it. There is just so many twists and turns, trying to understand what is going on and everyones connection to everyone…and why Brimstone needs teeth. Its riveting and a joy to read.
Taylor’s characters are so well written that the reader has no trouble imagining them as real people. (Well as real as you could possibly get) In fact her world building was crafted so beautifully with unique prose that I felt like I was there watching a human marionette or a moth shawl being formed. I adored Karou and her humour and although Akiva took a while to get used to, once the flash backs started I was head over hoofs in love. And lets not forget Taylor’s spin on the heaven and hell war (which we all know is my kryptonite). It is to die for. Literally.
I honestly can rave about this book for an eternity, but it is just so hard to talk about without giving away any spoilers. If you enjoy unrelenting love, mystery, angels and demons (with a very distinct twist), fantastical balls, magic, past lives, prague then pick up this book! Do it now! But be warned. As there is a massive cliffhanger, so you might just want to buy Days of Blood and Starlight (book 2) at the same time.