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
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.
Excellent book, can't wait to listen to the sequel!!!
Laini Taylor weaves a beautiful tale until she gets sidetracked and fails to recover the threads of the story before ending the book too abruptly.
Using simple words, beautiful writing and rich metaphors, Laini Taylor lays down the foundation for an amazing adventure. The witty, quick banter between Karou and her best friend, Zuzana, is light and refreshing. In contrast, Karou's pursuit of teeth on behalf of her "family" of monsters, her questions concerning who she is and how she came to live with them and the fantastic magical doors to different places in the world, is thrilling and exciting. The arrival of Akiva and the marking of the magical doors add to the intensity and complexity of the story.
Once the stage is set, however, the overall flow falls apart. The introduction of the world where Akiva and the “monsters” come from feels rushed. The Karou/Akiva romance feels false and forced. Things get worse when too much time is spent in the "flashback" Akiva/Madrigal story at the cost of further development of the Akiva/Karou story, and then, the book just ends.
Despite the abrupt ending and disappointing overall development, I enjoyed the writing, quotes and metaphors so much, that I plan to give "Days of Blood and Starlight" a try. I hope that Ms. Taylor can salvage a very promising story.
Are angels the good guys & devils bad? How does one end a war that has gone on for generations? The story has a one-true-love aspect to it in a somewhat Romeo & Juliet twisted way. I did keep wondering where it was going to go next, but sometimes found the pacing a bit drawn out & dawdling like a romance novel. The author had a lovely voice, but she sometimes pronounced classical literature words in a way that was new to me. Overall I give it a three out of 5 stars, like but not love.
This story just sucked me in. The twists and turns were perfect. I was both frustrated and relieved that it was to be continued: Frustrated because I have to wait for the rest and relieved that it wasn't over.
The publishers summary doesn't do the book any justice. I'm very excited about this book because it is the first book I've read in a while with a very unique plot. The book is a combination of fantasy, romance and mystery (the mystery is very slight, tho).
I can't wait for the next book. This author is going on my watch list, so I can grab up any book she writes in future.
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
I really liked this one, it drew me in with the different world and vibrant characters! there isn't alot of fast paced action but the story moved quickly for me. i felt it was unique, and Laini Taylor is a great story teller. the narration was very good for me, i liked her differnet accents, they were distinct between characters, i thought she did a good job. Yes the romance was definately of the romeo juliet kind, both from different "familes" but unique that it wasn't boring. the end left you wanting more, cant wait to find out what happens next.
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