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Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy: Book One [Kindle Edition]

Laini Taylor
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'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' (Patrick Rothfuss)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment. (John Connolly)

Remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy. (Guardian)

Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one. (Stylist)

The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again. (New York Times)

You don't want this book to end . . . it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night addictive. (Easy Living)

Laini Taylor's imagination is vivid. (Financial Times)

A pacy and inventive tale of a girl with an unknown past and supernatural friends . . . Mesmerising. (Marie Claire)

Big things are expected of this, the first in a new fantasy trilogy, and we can see why . . . Imaginative and sexy, we couldn't put this down. (Bella)

Trust us, it's brilliant (Heat)

A beautifully written novel, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman . . . It is a wonderfully realised world, with fantastic but completely believable characters . . . It is sure to be a huge, and deserved, success. (We Love This Book)

Thrillingly fresh and new. The smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages. (Seriously, cancel all plans once you begin; you won't want to put it down.) (Entertainment Weekly)

For once the frenzy over a teen novel is justified. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor is one of those books that blots out reality, so consumed do you become in its fantasy world of chimeras and angels . . . inevitably there is an epic romance but Taylor is a talented writer; this is aeons apart from the usual angels and werewolves dross. (Sunday Telegraph)

A mesmerising novel on an epic scale. (Glamour)

It's the first in a trilogy and I can't wait for the next instalment. (Sun)

You'll be mesmirised by the twists and turns of the first in this new trilogy. (More)

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth.


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Laini Taylor is an award-winning writer. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Romance 27 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book started really well with witty banter between friends and the great premise of a young protaganist who lives a double life; art student in Prague and messenger for a mysterious group of magical creatures hidden behind various doorways across the world.
I loved the writing style and really warmed to the central character but then she starts to fall for a strange angelic guy who is ridiculously good-looking even though her instincts tell her he is an enemy and I couldn't help thinking that a great fantsy premise had strayed into Twilight territory. The pace seemed to sag a lot in the middle of the book but then through section three we learn more about elsewhere and the magical creatures who exists there and the story seemed to come alive again.
I would recommend it to lovers of Fantasy Romance
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A female Philip Pullman? 6 Oct 2011
By C. O'Brien VINE VOICE
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This is an inventively plotted fantasy novel with a difference. Set initially in Prague, it's the story of teenage art student Karou. But the story quickly morphs from college classes and boyfriend troubles into something much stranger. What are the strange "errands" Karou must fulfil? Where does she go when she disappears from the city without warning? How can she speak so many languages? Why does her long, bright blue hair never seem to need dyeing?

We soon understand that this is a girl with a foot in two worlds; the everyday urban one populated by humans, and the place she calls "Elsewhere", where she was raised by chimaera - hybrid creatures much stranger than herself. But her secret world is under threat: deceptively beautiful interlopers are marking it for destruction, along with all it contains. And Karou's peculiar fate is to fall in love with one of them.

The plot shape of the novel has much in common with "Romeo and Juliet", just like the 'Twilight' cycle, but it's much more inventive and colourful than the vampire series. Closer in scope and intention to Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, it introduces a heroine as spirited as Lyra - and with an equally confused heritage to deal with. Karou's loyalties are divided, her path never clear. Should she trust the world that raised her and cared for her, or set herself adrift on a new river of discovery? Which kind of love is best - that of an adoptive father, or that of a murderous soulmate?

Daughter of Smoke And Bone is part supernatural romance, part epic fantasy. It starts small, but its world quickly opens out and reveals imaginative dimensions you simply don't envisage at the start.
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136 of 151 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Like being smacked in the face with the YA genre 3 July 2011
By Edain VINE VOICE
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I'm not saying it's a bad book. It's fun. There is some great dialogue and subtle prose, lovely description and some unique concepts.

But it reads like a sugar rush, like devouring every single Young Adult teenage girl novel since 1990. YA has mostly moved on from the inevitable 'beautiful heroine, so beautiful everyone stares', with her supporting cast of equally beautiful friends and loves. The blue hair, tattoos, the karate, the flying, the magic, the more magic, and then throw in some angels/demons, throw in some war, throw in a masquerade ball, now we have a reincarnation subplot, now have a love story, oh wait - a forbidden love story, of course, and...

And it all just gets too much, like it was a checklist of popular ideas rolled into one. The unique idea of the Wishmonger is lost amongst the rest, which is a shame because I loved the system of scuppies and shings (though Gavriels just made me think of Guy Gavriel Kay). The decision to set it in Prague is completely lost as the dialogue is still extremely American, with American slang, humour and reference (example: Czechs do not take the North American brand known as Tylenol. They take Paralen there.) It is tiring to read of the heroine's unstopping perfection and her ability to wish her appearance, linguistic skill and flying ability takes away any sense of risk from the book.

I'd have probably liked this a lot more when I was 12 or 13, and I admired Dee's martial arts in The Forbidden Game, and Jennifer's subtle beauty, and Audrey's Euro-sophistication - but that was various qualities spread out over a cast, not lumped all over one heroine who, for all her flashy skills, fashion descriptions and beauty, we still don't really know as a person.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the hype 24 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I orered this book having listened to the reviews about it on Radio 2. I was really excited about it as it had a number of rave reviews however, it just didn't live up to expectation.

It is certainly an imaginatively rendered world, with fascinating monster characters and begins well. The lead character is the kind of girl teenage girls want to be: sassy without being obnoxious, strong minded and, of course, gorgeously attractive. At first she does also seem to be well-rounded and believable but, as the love interest begins to dominate the storyline, the characterisation is lost and the flashback of the relationship explores only a series of rather dull cliches seen only too recently in teen fiction and with far greater depth. It lacked any ral engagement with the theme of love and the relationship lacked reality and substance.

I felt let down by a book which started with such great promise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome fantasy
Worth a read can't wait to read the rest of the series. A brilliant fantasy of angels and demons and those in between.
Published 2 days ago by Ms. Eve L. Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars eccellente
Can't stop re- reading this amazing book. And the sequel is even better than this. Well done laini Taylor ! Bravo!
Published 11 days ago by ambra
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars? Psht more like infinite stars!
It’s been a long time since I read this book but a review is better late than never! I'm planning on reading the second book soon so I thought it’d be the perfect time to write... Read more
Published 13 days ago by annoushkadomynique
5.0 out of 5 stars "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor
Well serve up my soul on a platter and call it dinner. How come it took me so long to pick up this book? You know what, I take it back. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I came across this book by chance, and it totally blew me away. I was hooked after the 1st couple pages, and fell in love with the characters. Read more
Published 15 days ago by nich bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I absolutely loved this. It's original in both setting and content, a little bit gruesome, and has two different plots that are actually more tightly wound together than you might... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sparklepony
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection, fantasy and romance
Having read the sample I had to know more and wasn't disappointed. This is a great fantasy romance spanning two world's and three races.
Published 21 days ago by H. Pritchard-smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of Smoke and Bone
A bit disjointed, difficult to follow, thought it would be really good, but got fed up and deleted it after reading the first 2 chapters and having to back track every so often. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Elaine Maccready
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written book
I bought this after reading Twilight and The All Souls Trilogy books. I wanted something similar and this book manages to be of the same type yet intriguingly different. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sarah Sprules
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved this story!
This novel turned out to be a very pleasant surprise indeed! I don't know why I was expecting another Twilightesque story but it turns out nothing is further from the truth. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Susan
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