Welcome to my first ever Fiction Friday. Every Friday I’ll be reviewing a fiction book or highlighting an upcoming book. And I’m starting off with a biggy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
It is one of those books where 5 out of 5 just doesn’t feel like a high enough rating. It is unlike any other YA book I’ve read before; it had an originality about it that’s hard to find these days. It was beyond amazing. Brilliant comes to mind.
When I say it is a MUST READ I am not using the words lightly.
The quote on the back from Patrick Rothfuss reads, ‘Wow. I wish I had written this book.’ And he is not alone. I am seething with jealousy wishing I had written it too.
You know when you discover a book and you just know that you’ll love it? Well, after I read the following, I just knew I was going to love it.
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.
This is an urban fantasy, with the fantasy side fantasy.
Karou is a blue haired girl whose sketch book is full of monsters that no body knows are actually real. Mysterious handprints start showing up all over the world on the doors to ‘Elsewhere’, and then they are burnt down. Karou’s life is suddenly turned upside down. And then she meets an angel, Akiva. He is not our idea of an angel, but an angel from another world, and he has an amazing, unbelievable tale he shares with Karou.
This is a story within a story and it has you on the edge of your seat the whole time it is unravelling. It is achingly romantic and mysterious and imaginative. Laini’s prose painted such a vivid, beautiful picture in my mind.
Just look at this example:
‘Everything was between them, everything he’d felt suffuse the air while they faced each other over the rooftops. Being near her was like balancing on a tipping world, trying to keep your footing as the ground wanted to roll you forward, hurl you into a spiral from which there was no recovery, only impact, and it was a longed-for impact, a sweet and beckoning collision.’
You will devour this book quickly as you will be unable to put it down. For every lover of fantasy and romance this is THE book to read.