• Night of Cake and Puppets

  • A Daughter of Smoke and Bone Novella
  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Emma Hook, Sam Alexander
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Night of Cake and Puppets

By: Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Emma Hook,Sam Alexander
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Publisher's Summary

In this new stand alone novella from New York Times best-selling author Laini Taylor comes the story of a funny and fantastical first date. In Night of Cake & Puppets, Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy – the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Told in alternating perspectives, it's the perfect love story for fans of the series and new readers alike.

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her 'rabid fairy', her 'voodoo eyes' are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or 'Violin Boy', her courage deserts her.

Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to meet him, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter's night before finally leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy’s not going to know what hit him.

©2013 Laini Taylor (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series:

"Romeo and Juliet on a sprawling fantasy stage" ( Guardian)
"Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one" ( Stylist)
"Epic, yet intimate, sweepingly romantic and begging to be made into a film" ( Star)

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Beautiful but I missed Khristine Hvam

What made the experience of listening to Night of Cake and Puppets the most enjoyable?

The world created by Laini Taylor and who doesn't love Zuzu!

What other book might you compare Night of Cake and Puppets to and why?

There isn't anything like it but the mood is much like a Sarah Allen Addison novel

Have you listened to any of Emma Hook and Sam Alexander ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't and unfortunately, having listened to three books of Khristine Hvam's magical representation of Zuzu, it was hard to adjust to a reading with a British accent and nothing like the others

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  • BellyCath
  • 09-01-20

All the joy

Loved this sweet, wish enhanced story - nice to have it shared with us in such a joyful way. And we get a little bit of blue haired Karou too.

Favourite line goes to Violin Boy (when imagining kissing the Rabid Fairy): 'I want to steam her up like a bathroom mirror and write my name on her' - or something like that!

All the light and none of the darkness. Beautiful.

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  • Mr. A. D. Dutfield
  • 11-30-22

loved it

everyone needs a little fairytale romance in their lives from time to time. lovely tale

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  • Ruehara
  • 02-18-22

VA doesn't suit

Laini's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is my favourite by far and listening to this after them is jarring, the voice actor for Zuz is English in this one, while Zuz is from Prague... doesn't suit and couldn't feel dragged into the story at all

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  • Michelle Campbell
  • 01-31-22

Fabulous performances of a magical book

What a treat to have such a great reading of a delicious sidestep story. I always enjoyed Zuzanna and Mik in the Smoke & Bone books, so am delighted to have the one night glimpse of their start.

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  • Deleata
  • 08-03-20

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Amazing storytelling. Took a while to get used to the voices as they are different to the ones in the main story but the narrator's are great once you get used it.

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  • Kristy
  • 02-01-19

hard for me to stay concentrated

It's a bit frustrating because why is it read in an English accent? none of the other books are which doesn't make you feel like you're in the same story. Susanna is from prague and all the other books have had the correct accent.