Very interesting and thought provoking story of prejudice, love and war. There's meat presented here for those who wish to ponder the beautiful and ugly in each soul, but it's wrapped into a pleasing package of fluid and unusual prose. The setting is described in lovely and haunting terms. The performance is very *very* good (brava on the male roles!), though I have given it 4 rather than 5 stars because of some jarring mispronunciations.
The second half of the book lags in a series of flashbacks that - in my opinion - might have been more interesting broken up and scattered more. However, I can see the wisdom behind presenting them as they are, as well, so I have not rated the story down.
Based on a simple overall concept, this is a creative and well written story: a very enjoyable bonbon of a book.
I am such a fan of Audible! I love Mysteries, Romance, Paranormal novels of all kinds, spy novels, and self improvement books. I am particular about the quality of story telling by both authors, and narrators so I hope listeners will find some of my reviews helpful. I value the artists who respect the nature of audio book entertainment, and thank each of them for their ability to transport listeners to another level!
Refreshing, totally unbound, well narrated, and just completely worth it! I quickly bought book 2 ( just couldn't wait for more credits to be added, I paid anyway) I am holding my breath for the next addition. I can't wait to see where this author goes with this!
Acupuncture student with a long commute to school who loves quirky horror and sci-fi/fantasy
I loved this audio book! It was engaging and the narrator brought the characters to life
I wish I knew as I loved it
she did a great job separating all of the characters and really making you feel like you knew each of them
yes!! I was obsessed with it, I listen in my car when I commute and I found myself sitting in my driveway when I got home and not wanting to come inside because I was so into it
Whats to tell I am your avarage 30something, with kids, a husband, job and life. Besides that I drive a lot and love to listen to books instead of the radio. I will stay up until 3am in bed listening if the book is worth it, and I have also been known to return a couple of books that I could not get threw the first chapter. I am a bad speller so I apoligize for it now, but will be honest about my reviews.
Love the book and the series keep up the good work. cant wait for the next book. credit well spent
gripping, epic, poetic
character and dialogue
anything with Zuzana
the descriptive writing was phenomenal
I can't wait for #3.
Let me just say this, these are some hardcore angels! Don't read this book expecting halos and harps. These angels come with swords and fire wings and they are beautiful and terrible and let me tell you it WORKS! And then there where the others. The others give new meaning to lions and tigers and bears-oh my! The tangle of beasts in this books are just as engaging and mysterious as they are monterous-in the physical sense that is. And the stories heroine is a blue haired 17yo artist who amazingly enough ties both worlds together without even knowing it. This is a wonderful book. I enjoyed every bit of it and i look forward to reading the entire series once it is available.
The reader does a wonderful job bringing all these bright and curious beings to life. Well done everyone!
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Yes, it's so lovely. Rich pictures are painted, beautiful narration, amazing story, and characters you really care about.
Karou of course! A kickbutt heroine! Very lovable. Flawed, real. I like her.
Wonderful accents, a lovely pitch, good meter. She did great!
"Once upon a time, and angel and a devil fell in love. It did not go well."
Purchased the second book immediately after finishing this one. I couldn't wait to see what happened!
At first, I wasn't sure about Khristine Hvam--Karou sounded a bit too much like Arial from the Little Mermaid--but I was soon impressed by how she slipped in and out of the different character's voices, and she won me over. The story, however, had me at hello. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the best fantasy story I've heard (or read) this year. I'm so excited to hear the rest!
Yes, I've listened to it three times already. Taylor tells an incredible story that listeners will fall in love with. You can't help but listen to hear what happens to the characters. Plus, it's full of twists and turns.
The characters and setting are exceptional.
Sure. She was a great narrator.
An impossible love, made possible by truth.
I can not wait for the 2nd book!!!
This book was an overall win for me. Not only was the story enchanting and engaging, but the narrator was absolutely perfect! It is an urban fantasy, but the setting and the characters are not your usual run of the mill. I also loved that the author made the characters so complex, no one is entirely evil or entirely good. I hated it when I had to stop listening and now I can't wait for the next book to come out! I hope that they keep Ms. Hvam for the series - her narration really added to the experience and I don't think they could have made a better choice!
It really is a young adult urban fantasy but it is so different that I can't really say it compares to the others I have read.
I loved the scene where she sneaks into the Chimera's world and gets caught by Brimstone. It was very emotional.
The author really makes you care about the characters. So there were times when I felt very sad for them and other times when it was comical.