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Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) [Paperback]

Laini Taylor
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5 July 2012 Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

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.

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

'Remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy.' GUARDIAN

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 9781444722659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722659
  • ASIN: 1444722654
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (375 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,670 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)

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)

'Laini Taylor pushes the boundaries of realism as she weaves in an age-old (fairytale?) story of the war between angels and demons with the world of today. Extremely gripping with the right dose of romance thrown in, this one is an out and out page turner.' (Sunday Guardian's Essential Reading list, India)

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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Romance 27 April 2012
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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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A female Philip Pullman? 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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139 of 156 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
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for adults 4 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
More akin to the Twilight series than His Dark Materials it became obvious very early in the story that this book is a magical teen female read. Unfortunately that wasn't apparent when I bought it. Not badly written but the plot isn't strong enough to appeal to all reader groups. The use of magic to fill plot holes is liberally applied. Not for me this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mills and Boon with monsters 25 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a disappointing book. Though it got off to a good start and kept me engaged til about three-quarters of the way through, in the end I just got sick of the endless wittering on about whether she was going to snog him or not. Life's too short for that kind of silly nonsense. More plot, less snogging, say I.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 29 Sep 2011
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor has received a great deal of pre-publication buzz - trailers, limited proofs and plenty of information. This often makes me a little concerned about whether the book can possibly live up to all my expectations. With the case of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I am pleased to say my expectations were absolutely surpassed - this is an exceptionally special book.

It tells the story of Karou, blue-haired artist living in Prague - ward of Brimstone, a chimaera who creates wishes in the world of Elsewhere. Karou has always felt as though she doesn't belong entirely in either world, and only comes to find out why when she meets akiva, one of the seraphim - and her mortal enemy.

From the very first page Taylor opens up a world of folklore and fairytale. The winter location of Prague feels 18th Century and very mystical - a perfect setting for the otherworldly Karou. She - with her tattoos and blue hair and artistic ability - is one of the strongest female protagonists I've seen in a YA novel for a while. She is strong yet vulnerable, talented, sardonic and brave.

Taylor's prose is exquisite. It is whimsical and delightful, playful and wistful by turn and kept me enthralled from first page to last. I just can't emphasise enough how beautiful it made this book to read.

The story feels a little like the weaving of a tapestry - thread after thread pulling together to create a glorious whole. I really enjoyed the unveiling of some of the mysteries - and I'm glad that some of them have been left to discover in the further two novels of the trilogy.
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This book was great, couldn't put it down, life went on hold until I read it all ! Laini Taylor has a way to end a chapter with intrigue, just like Raymond Feist, making you want... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful and enticing YA novel that I've ever read.
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I was looking the reviews of this book - I first read it about a year ago - and the reviews struck me as very... unfair. Read more
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The vampire thing seems almost endless but this is a very, very well considered and written take on that all-too-common theme. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars So much potential
*SPOILERS...maybe? Sorta?*

Daughter of Smoke and Bone had so, so much potential. The first third of the book was gripping. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emily Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!
What a fantastic book! Laini's imagination is a wonder to behold. Well written, full of beauty and poetry, a world to loose oneself in and dream. Can't wait for the next one...
Published 1 month ago by Tereza Amaral-Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars It started off great but then...
At the start of the book I was enthralled by the story line and the characters. It starts off with Karou, an art student with a second life that delves into the magic and... Read more
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Amazing book, haven't had such a good read for ages! The characters are very well developed and the language is beautiful.
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