Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers - beautiful, haunted Akiva - fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
©2011 Laini Taylor (P)2011 Hachette Audio
EVERYTHING! The depth and breadth of the world Laini Taylor created had me awestruck from start to finish.
Every single character was rich and colorful. The story and characters melded together and formed a rich tapestry.
Never, but she is WAY up there on my list of favorite narrators.
YES! I could not wait to go back to this world.
This book may be labeled as YA, but believe me, it is not just for Young Adults. This book is a novel that happens to have a teenage main character. If you like colorful, exciting, magical and compelling narratives then read this. Loved it loved it loved it!
I am an educator who reads and/or listens to lots of YA literature. Laini Taylor's writing is beautiful, and while I often find good writing in teen contemporary literature, it is a rare occasion when I find such strong writing in "popular" romantic fantasy, dystopian, etc. fiction. Because of that, I rank this book high on my list of YA literature.
Taylor's work ranks much higher than the Twilight series, and I prefer her novels to the Hunger Games trilogy because her beautiful writing and memorable characters sweep readers off to Prague and the lands of angels and demons. I also love Taylor's humor. In spite of tragic events, there is a layer of humor that endears those characters to readers. Love Zuzanna especially!
Difficult to decide, and so I'll move on to the next question.
I laugh out loud almost every time Zuzanna enters a scene. Love that little "assassin"!
Kristine Hvam is my new favorite narrator. From Brimstone to Mik and Zuzanna, she captures every characters' personalities perfectly! Love her accents - spot on!
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
The performance for the most part was excellent and the story was pretty good with a few flaws here and there. However I'd have to say I'd rank it somewhere near the middle. It wasnt the best I've ever listened to, but I still enjoyed it.
Maybe. There were some parts of this series that were reeeaaaallly drawn out. I kept channeling Monty Python's "Get on with it!" at some points. That being said, she did have some amazing imagery which I loved. The scenes were so quirky and unique. I liked it a lot other than those drawn out parts.
No but she did a great job! The only voice I didn't like was brimstone's. Other than that she was excellent.
The serpentine. And the secret meeting place. My god, that was beautiful.
This book is in my top 5. I didn't even realize how much I truly enjoyed it until the second book came out and I was positively giddy placing it in my Shopping Cart. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the perfect beginning to this trilogy. It creates a foundation while opening the possibilities for the storyline.
Hvam does an excellent job of capturing emotions with her shifts in tone. She is a talented reader and I look forward to listening to her again.
Heck yea! If I could have, I would have.
This series is not for the faint of heart especially once you get to the second installment. I would not recommend this book to someone who has an issue with violence. However, if you do not mind a little blood, this book is worthy of exploration.
In the end all of the questions came together. That was great to have all of the answers. It was well thought out.
She did excellent on so many characters. Brimstone was perfect, Zuzana was perfect, Razgut was perfect, Issa was perfect..... She did an excellent job on all of the characters.
The first book of a new series. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a fun Story of a girl/woman that is caught between love and cultures. Laini Taylor created a new world, but combined our world into a mix that works. Although this book and series could be considered a YA series. Older adults can enjoy the listen as well.
Yes I would recommend this series to others. I feel comparisons of other series to this would be "The House of Night" series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, or "Vampire Earth" by E.E. Knight. they are all easy listen, with some humor.
Only complaint is the series is slow coming, one has to wait for the next installment. :)
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
I was looking for a new series to catch my attention and this one did. The book is well written, the story is calculated and the reader's voice is perfect.
Do not think this is your normal satanic devil vs. angel story. It's more along the lines of Greek Myth and Folk Tale. I love stories with surprises and this book is full of them.
I am excited to start book two.
I am addicted to listening! I have great memories of my dad reading wonderful books to us as we grew up. So, if I'm driving, I'm listening!
It was like a fun, quick read.
Very similar to Maximum Ride
Looking forward to more in the series!
Wow. This is one of the most interesting, unique books I've read in a long time! The characters are amazing, even the secondary characters are memorable and unforgettable. The world that the author built was so vivid I had wished a couple times that there had been pictures. Should I be embarrassed to admit that?
Unfortunately, I do have a small criticism. There was way too much angst and self reflection going on. Several times during the book I just wanted them to get on with it already! I don't think it was the writing style because I didn't have any issues with the rest of the book, but I think (for me) it was just the way the author decided to write those sections of the story. I found them a little boring and long winded.
Overall, the book was excellent and the narrator was excellent!
I'd take out the excessive attention paid to the physical appearance of the characters; also I'd reduce the time and pages spent describing each character's minutest feelings. This is actually two books. One about an epic clash of two warring groups. She excels at building and describing this world. The other is a typical teen love story in which every character of any depth is "so beautiful and perfect." She spends way too much time on that part of the story and also reinforces the notion that virtue is beauty and vice versa. That part of the book reads like a teenage girl's fantasy in which people fall in love almost instantly.
Sure. Hopefully she'll aim it at an older audience.
Her voice was very well suited to the text. She did an outstanding job.
Laini Taylor imagines worlds with angels, demons, half-human monsters of every variety. Yet when it comes to the humans in her stories, they're all, exclusively white, as is the skin of all the half-humans. I think she should try to expand her ability to imagine beauty not having exclusively white skin. Seems like the idea is foreign to her.
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