Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is as beautiful and enchanting as its cover. And that is saying something:
This book swept me away into not one but many worlds, each full of magic and wonder: Prague in winter, a workshop filled with Chimaeras sorting teeth, a market at Marrakesh, a kingdom where angels war with beasts under the watch of two moons.
This book kept me questioning, and those questions kept the pages turning and turning: Who is this blue-haired art student named Karou? Where did she come from? What is on the other side of the Chimaeras’ workshop door? Why does Brimstone collect teeth? Why is Akiva so sure that his love will not forgive him for what he did? What did he do?
This book contains bead-sized wishes, holes in the sky, secret doorways marked by burned handprints, and a gigantic marionette controlled by a human girl dressed as a puppet ballerina.
This book is a moonswept fantasy, lyrically written, full of surprise…I feel as if I just went on a voyage, and as the last three words of the novel are to be continued, I suspect the voyage has many more adventures ahead.
(And yes, I love the cover so much that I took it outside to photograph it against the backdrop of snow.)