Daughter Of Smoke & Bone | Laini Taylor

“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?” 


  • Book: Daughter Of Smoke & Bone
  • Series: Daughter Of Smoke & Bone #1
  • Author: 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?


Let me be honest.

I actually read this book years ago. And the only reason why I’m writing a review now is because of my OCD. Let me explain. The sequel to this, Days Of Blood & Starlight, is one of the books in my TBR List. Therefore, I can’t possibly post a review of the second book without having the review of the first book, now can I? It’s basic book blog etiquette [OCD] people.


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

“It did not end well.”

Now, from what I remember, I reaally LOVED this book. I remember countless nights where I lay sleepless thinking about Karou and Akiva. Trying to imagine how Karou’s sketches of those weird creatures look like. Falling in love with Prague’s architecture and air of design. Growing exceedingly attached to Brimstone, and then trying to draw Brimstone to only fail spectacularly.

Daughter Of Smoke & Bone is an extremely unique and well written master piece. The writing is exceedingly witty and humorous. The book is just filled with wonderful quips and lines delivered effortlessly. The world Laini created is like nothing I’ve read before. I usually enjoy genres of Angels and Demons. However, most of them tend to deviate towards religious themes thus losing me. DOSAB contradicts that. Even though we are dealing with odd creatures, fallen angels and devils. This story is nothing like that. The plot is so deep and intertwined, you completely forget about that. You end up seeing them as just two people, fighting their own battles.

                           “Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist.                                                                        And a devil knelt over him and smiled.”

I recommend this book to anyone who has an open mind. This world is extremely odd and wonderful at the same time. I mean you have oddly shaped chimera’s, blue haired girls, perverted angels and so much more stuff that I won’t ruin for you. The story telling is worth it. I’m one of those people who would’ve never picked it up if ‘weird’ was how it was described to me, but trust me, it’s at the same time, not.

It’s just perfect.

Final Rating:


“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.” 


What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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