Review – Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone book cover


Daughter of Smoke & Bone


Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1


Laini Taylor




Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?


5stars rating

This was a very imaginative and immersive first instalment, what a start to the series!


Was amazing, we went all over the world with Karou, collecting teeth from pretty shady characters.
All the scenes and environments were detailed and well described. Would love to see some of them in real life!

Character development:

Was excellent! There is a great depth to the characters, I mean, everything is done for a reason. Even if you only get to know that reason much much later.
Karou is a fun, strong young woman. Leading a double life means she has a difficult time engaging and keeping her social life, except for her best friend Zuzana.
Brimstone, Issa and the others at the shop, Akiva, Chiro,… they all felt real, they had real feelings, real pain, real history. Really well written!

Pacing & Flow:

Were good, some parts were a tad slow but didn’t bring the overall mood and feeling of the story down.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and oh man, I did not expect that ending… at all! Everything that had me wondering now all makes sense. But with it, so many emotions… Needless to say, you get emotionally invested, so beware 🙂

Book number two is on my TBR list, and I can tell you, I won’t wait so long to start it either 😀

I would highly recommend this book, it’s fantasy with a tad of romance to it. The romance though really does add to the story and isn’t just some tacky thing either, nope, real, growing feelings. Just remember… emotionally invested 😉