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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144472262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722628
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'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)

Trust us, it's brilliant (Heat)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

'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)

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

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

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

'A masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced.' (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

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

'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)

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)

'This fantastical novel is Twilight with a twist.' (Star)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a magical and engrossing book that is still going through my mind days later. Laini Taylor has created something different and exciting and I predict that it's going to be HUGE. It certainly deserves to be. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is easily the best book I've read all year and I'm sure it will remain a favourite for years to come. (jessheartsbooks.blogspot.com)

'DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a magical and engrossing book that is still going through my mind days later. Laini Taylor has created something different and exciting and I predict that it's going to be HUGE. It certainly deserves to be. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is easily the best book I've read all year and I'm sure it will remain a favourite for years to come.' (jessheartsbooks.blogspot.com)

'The writing in this book is exceptional. The language is evocative and beautifully done. The scenes are gorgeously realised . . . I was swept away by DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. It was compelling, addictive and utterly superb. I expect nothing in your diaries on the 29th September, except to buy a copy of this book.' (vulpeslibris.wordpress.com)

The writing in this book is exceptional. The language is evocative and beautifully done. The scenes are gorgeously realised . . . I was swept away by DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. It was compelling, addictive and utterly superb. I expect nothing in your diaries on the 29th September, except to buy a copy of this book. (vulpeslibris.wordpress.com)

I absolutely adored every second of it! (deadbookdarling.blogspot.com)

'The world created in this book is so uniquely strange and, whilst uncomparable, if I were to compare it I would point at Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials . . . Definitely one of the best books I have read this year . . . keeps you hooked from page one.' (overflowinglibrary.com)

'Easily the best book I have read since I first picked up Harry Potter years ago . . . Laini Taylor's writing is phenomenal and even the most mundane of sentences felt magical.' (yabookreads.com)

The world created in this book is so uniquely strange and, whilst uncomparable, if I were to compare it I would point at Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials . . . Definitely one of the best books I have read this year . . . keeps you hooked from page one. (overflowinglibrary.com)

Easily the best book I have read since I first picked up Harry Potter years ago . . . Laini Taylor's writing is phenomenal and even the most mundane of sentences felt magical. (yabookreads.com)

'I LOVED it so so much . . . it is going to be HUGE.' (thecrookedshelf.blogspot.com)

I LOVED it so so much . . . it is going to be HUGE. (thecrookedshelf.blogspot.com)

'I was smitten from page one. Reading this book is like falling through the rabbit hole alongside Alice into Wonderland. (serendipityreviews.co.uk)

'This was such a treat, I cannot believe the amount of imagination a person must have to write this kind of story. (escapeinabook.blogspot.com)

The fantastic storytelling, amazing world building and original story is bound to captivate readers and have them begging for more, just like it did me. (inkscratchers.blogspot.com)

A masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced. (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

'Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a wonderful read and beautifully written . . . I look forward to more.' (bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com)

'Laini Taylor has created a world of magic and wonder, and I was so absorbed in it I almost felt as if I had fallen through the pages . . . Compelling - I could not put the book down . . . Daughter of Smoke and Bone . . . is a book that everyone needs to read. Pre-order it, borrow it, beg for it, whatever. Just read this book.' (planet-print.blogspot.com)

I was smitten from page one. Reading this book is like falling through the rabbit hole alongside Alice into Wonderland. (serendipityreviews.co.uk)

This was such a treat, I cannot believe the amount of imagination a person must have to write this kind of story. (escapeinabook.blogspot.com)

'Captures the imagination, more so than any supernatural novel I've read in a long time.' (thirstforfiction.com)

'The big question is: does it live up to the hype? I can now tell you with absolute certainty that it does, in fact it may even have exceeded my expectations! I don't even know how I will begin to do this book justice here in my review, but if I could sum this book up in one word it would be: magical. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the book you will feel like you've waited your whole life for, it's the kind of book you want every book to be like, and once you've read it you know that nothing else could possibly compare. It's been a long time since I've loved a book so much that I've savoured every word and read it as slowly as I possibly could, fighting against my need to find out what happens next.' (bookmonkeyscribbles.wordpress.com)

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a wonderful read and beautifully written . . . I look forward to more. (bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com)

Laini Taylor has created a world of magic and wonder, and I was so absorbed in it I almost felt as if I had fallen through the pages . . . Compelling - I could not put the book down . . . DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE . . . is a book that everyone needs to read. Pre-order it, borrow it, beg for it, whatever. Just read this book. (planet-print.blogspot.com)

'I have fallen in love - with a book! With this book specifically. I have had a look at some of the notes I had written while I was reading. They are: Elegant. Beautifully written. I love this book! After that there were no more notes because this book demands your full attention... The story is such that I want to experience it again with no foreknowledge, to have that sense of wonder and delight as my eyes devour each page . . . Once you have picked up a copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone you will find it very hard to put down but remember to hurry because the doors to elsewhere are closing!' (teenlibrarian.co.uk)

'Daughter of Smoke and Bone will be on my list of top 12 books for 2011. It is beautiful, unusual, charming and has such a strong voice, I still think about it months after reading it for the first time. It's a keeper and a re-reader.' (myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com)

Captures the imagination, more so than any supernatural novel I've read in a long time. (thirstforfiction.com)

'Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a wonderful combination of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, with an amazing heroine and unique secondary characters. A new and refreshingly original world - a fantastic beginning to a new trilogy. I will definitely be continuing this series and wait with bated breath for the next instalment... A uniquely drawn novel, rich and creative.' (www.bookchickcity.com)

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

A beautifully written, compellingly powerful novel, one which draws you from page to page, chapter to chapter, with action and mystery and magic. Highly recommended. (ASIF)

'One word for you: Wow! Seriously. I thought this book sounded good when I read the blurb, but I never expected to find what I did within it's pages. And all I can say is wow!... It is epic. It's so much more than I imagined it could be. I am simply amazed at the imagination of Laini Taylor to come up with such a full and awe-inspiring world (worlds?) and story! It's just fantastic... I absolutely cannot recommend this book enough. I can't even fathom why anyone wouldn't like it. It's perfect. Bring on book two!' (onceuponabookcase.blogspot.com)

'This is a beautifully written book and I cannot recommend it highly enough.' (daisychainbookreviews.blogspot.com)

A mesmerising novel on an epic scale. (Glamour)

'Utterly fantastic!' (www.wordsandpieces.co.uk)

'So imaginative and original... fantastically spooky and dark.'

'Constantly confounds your expectations.'

'Fantastical, creepy, inventive.'

'Reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth.'

'I'm keenly awaiting the next installment.'

(Simon Mayo's Radio 2 Book Club)

'Sat up half the night reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Hooked. ' (Sam Baker, editor of Red magazine)

'A fantasy novel in which blue-haired artist Karou lives in Prague . . . but between two worlds.' (The Sun)

'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.' (Seven, Sunday Telegraph Books for Christmas)

'This story has everything: hideous, benevolent creatures, beautiful demons, self-righteous angels and complex loyalties. There's passion, danger, friendship and anguish... Karou's self-doubt and yearnings have universal appeal and the wild rumpus of her journey is among the best of this year's fantasy crop' (Herald Sun)

'Daughter of Smoke and Bones will leave you absolutely floored' (She Known as Jess blog)

'Daughter of Smoke and Bone hooked me right from the start and I was soon invested in Karou's life. She's a brilliant, layered character with a lot to say, and I loved her... [Laini Taylor's] lovely, descriptive writing makes this book stand out in a crowded market and her characterisation is pretty much faultless . . . I absolutely loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone... I can't wait for the sequel in 2012 . . . It's got a permanent place on my shelf and I hope it will have one on yours!' (Wondrous Reads)

'Brillant. Read it if you enjoy superlative prose, complex characters, surprising plots and fantasy that raises the bar.' (Dark Matter)

'Everything you've heard about Daughter of Smoke and Bone - it's all true. It's one of the best novels I've read this year . . . So what makes this story so magical? Well first of all, there's the writing - lyrical, yet hugely readable. And then there are the characters - creatures with animal aspects, angels with broken hearts, puppeteers - so vivid that you almost expect them to walk into the room. But most of all, there's Laini Taylor's imagination. She's taken old ingredients, swirled them together and created a novel that will linger in your mind days after you've finished the book. Sometimes I groan when authors spin out trilogies, but on this occasion I was ecstatic to find out there'll be sequels because it means Karou's worlds will continue to exist. All I can suggest is - read this book!' (keris.typepad.com)

'Is it worth all the praise? I should say so! . . . Wonderfully rich and vibrant, and was a joy to step into each time I picked the book up to read a bit more... It was also packed full of wonderful characters, even the secondary and minor characters were a joy to meet and learn a little about . . . I'll be picking up the sequel just as soon as I can!' (www.bartsbookshelf.co.uk)

'What's not to love about a blue haired teen, who was raised by mysterious creatures, goes to art school in Prague, has a fitting sense of revenge and longs to fly?Poetic and enthralling - I resented having to go out mid-story.' (Hit the Road Jacq blog)

'Taylor has created an inventive and highly imaginative new addition to the crowded but popular market of young adult paranormal fiction.' (The Courier Mail)

'An epic romantic fantasy about destiny, hope and the search for one's true self. Taylor's greatest strength lies in her ability to seize the often ordinary nature of human experience.' (Weekend West)

'This enchanting story just captivated me and dragged me in - I believed every single vivid detail of the world it created, the writing unfolds the story at a steady pace which never once felt too slow or too fast, and an event in the middle shines the whole story in a very new light.

This all creates a beautifully written story full of twists - it would be impossible to not fall under its spell and I for one can't wait for book 2!'

(books4teens.co.uk)

'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)

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

'This story has everything - there's passion, danger, friendship and anguish.' (Herald Sun)

'Laini Taylor has created an incredibly rich and satisfying world, and woven within it a compelling tale.' (The South Coast Register)

'This fabulous fantasy tale is dressed up in several layers; at first you think its one type of story, then as you peel off another layer something totally different and even more amazing is revealed. Taylor has created a highly engaging twist on the eternal war between good and evil while leading you to question your perception of what is good or evil.' (Good Reading)

'Everything you've heard about

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE - it's all true. It's one of the best novels I've read this year... So what makes this story so magical? Well first of all, there's the writing - lyrical, yet hugely readable. And then there are the characters - creatures with animal aspects, angels with broken hearts, puppeteers - so vivid that you almost expect them to walk into the room. But most of all, there's Laini Taylor's imagination. She's taken old ingredients, swirled them together and created a novel that will linger in your mind days after you've finished the book. Sometimes I groan when authors spin out trilogies, but on this occasion I was ecstatic to find out there'll be sequels because it means Karou's worlds will continue to exist. All I can suggest is - read this book!'

(keris.typepad.com)

'If you're a loyal Twilight fan, this review comes with a warning - you might not like what I'm about to say. Don't get me wrong, Twilight is my guilty pleasure but - and this is where Team Jacob and Team Edward might both get a bit prickly - I've just found something better.... There are a number of reasons why this novel is so devourable. For starters, it's original... The novel is also beautifully written.... Finally, this book is a bit more grown up than Twilight. There's no will-they-or-won't-they storyline. The love in this book isn't fairytale, it's rough around the edges and it cuts.' (blog.firstchoice.co.uk)

'Is it worth all the praise? I should say so! ... Wonderfully rich and vibrant, and was a joy to step into each time I picked the book up to read a bit more... It was also packed full of wonderful characters, even the secondary and minor characters were a joy to meet and learn a little about.... I'll be picking up the sequel just as soon as I can!' (bartsbookshelf.co.uk)

'This is fantasy of with a beautiful weirdness quite acceptable in two worlds elsewhere from the world of humans. A beautifully written book.' (Cairns Sun)

'If you have always loved Narnia or The Golden Compass, this magical novel is for you.' (Bellarine Times, Surf Coast Times)

'This mystical story of a girl travelling the world to carry out errands is now being made into a major film.' (Heat, 4 stars)

'A mesmerising novel on an epic scale.' (Glamour)

'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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Redmond on 27 April 2012
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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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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Brien VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2011
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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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141 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Edain VINE VOICE on 3 July 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2014
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The third book in this trilogy recently came out and it seemed like every day someone was telling me off because I hadnt started yet. You will LOVE it I was told. So when I found myself with a spare bit of book budget, I thought, heck why not? And “Someone” was right because I DID love it. There is an awful lot to love.

I’m a huge fan of YA trilogies when they are done well – and of all the many I’ve read this is perhaps the Book One that has captured my imagination the most. An utterly magical and brilliantly written piece of world building, haunting and evocative prose with some of the best characters you are likely to meet in a fantasy book and an absolutely addictive and compelling story at the heart of it, makes this one of the reads of the year so far for me.

For me in novels of this nature, where the world within is not our own, its often the characters that are key to capturing my heart. Its all very well writing a magnificent fantasy world (which Laini Taylor has done here) but if you put people in it that are flat as a pancake it doesnt really matter how intriguing the world they inhabit is. Anyone who has read my “Book of the Year” from last year, Red Rising, will understand that, Darrow being an amazingly easy character to love. Katniss IS The Hunger Games. Without Mark Watney “The Martian” would have been as boring as can be. And here we have Karou. She pretty much sparkles with life and immediately and easily draws you into her world. She’s not the only one though – Brimstone is enigmatic and enthralling, Karou’s human friends and acquaintances are all either marvellously funny and loyal or beautifully annoying and as we get further in there is only more to come.

The mythology is fabulous. Absolutely endearing, the whole thing.
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