Monday, 17 February 2014
Daughter of Smoke and Bone byLaini Taylor
The story starts with Karou, a seventeen year old girl who is attending art school in Prague who has a compelling encounter with a beautiful man on the street. Soon we meet her unique 'family', involving seemingly whimsical characters or Chimera we are told later. Then there is her father figure Brimstone, who is best described as a demon. Finally, there is Akiva, a too beautiful man, who casts aside reason and his most important task once he sets his eyes upon Karou.
With this intriguing assortment of characters, I had no idea of where this story might travel, and travel it did. Karou could move around the world through a series of magical doorways that all started at Brimstone's shop but opened around the world. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Marrakesh, which evoked for me the feelings of the markets there.
I listened to the audio book which was read by Khristine Hvam, for which she won and Audie Award. She has read for over 100 audio books. The voices that she made for these varied characters really did bring them to life for me. This unabridged edition is 12 hours 33 minutes.
The end of this book does answer some nagging questions about Karou and her history, but it leaves many more open. The story continues in Days of Blood & Starlight and then in Dreams of Gods & Monsters which is due for release April 8, 2014.
thanks to Hachette Book Group for use of the cover image.