Daughter of Smoke and Bone | Laini Taylor | Review

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.”





Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.


Before, I start this review, I would like to say I think I am the only person in the world to say this about this book. But for me it was only okay and if I am completely honest I am not 100% sure about why that is.

I feel like there is a complex book which is an exciting enjoyable read, or there is a complex book that just feels complex for the sake of being complex which leaves the reader confused. A bit like my previous sentence? There was a lot going on in this book, plot wise, character wise etc. But nothing really captured my attention. I spent so much time working out who was who and where in the world characters were that I didn’t get chance to adapt to what was going on.

Also, I think Laini Taylors writing style just doesn’t work for me. This makes me sad, but this is the second series that I have tried and I just cannot get on with it. It doesn’t really engage me or captivate my attention for a long period of time. I feel like whilst I read the book I am enjoying it but once I put it down, nothing draws me to pick it back up which makes me sad.

For me, I think the romance overtook the plot etc and it just wasn’t my thing. By no stretch of the imagination is this a bad book. Definitely not. However it isn’t my sort of thing and has led me to not want to carry on with the series despite owning the next one. I dont feel like I am invested enough to continue and give the next book the time that it deserves.

Just remember, this isn’t a bad book at all, however it wasn’t for me. If you like Laini Taylor’s other books you will most probably enjoy this one. Give it a go and see what you think!

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