I know, I know – it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything. Unfortunately, the only exciting things happening in my life right now are days at the office and a back injury. I’ll tell you what – you don’t really realize how much you use your back until you can’t use it at all. Nonetheless, I feel like I need to pour more love into my blog space and the best way to get back on my feet (figuratively) is by sharing a great book I just finished.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor, is an exciting, mystical, and just downright fantastic first instalment to a trilogy that is sure to be a best-seller. After my foray into the world of non-fiction, I took a break to drift back to my favorite genre, fantasy, and boy did this novel do the trick. It was filled with suspense and mystery, something I think fantasy authors struggle to maintain as the genre becomes more and more popular. Though I love fantasy, I find that novels in this genre tend to be predictable and lack a bit of suspense. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a fresh reprieve from this with a strong female main character that puts the Bellas, and even Katnisses, of the popular novels to shame.
From the official website:
AROUND THE WORLD, black handprints 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 has grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly 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.
All I can say is that Taylor embeds an exciting tale with such beautiful imagination and imagery that does not muddle the action, but instead enhances the experience; the otherworldly settings of both Prague and the exotic destinations to which the characters travel are painted so vividly. With each page the mystery grows, and even as Taylor unravels the truth about Karou, you are left guessing until the very last second. I started reading this novel with the expectation that it would be just another love story where the heroine relies heavily on her male counterpart, but no; Karou stands on her own as an independent and strong protagonist.
With just a couple of weeks until the sequel comes out, I picked a great time to start this trilogy. I cannot wait for the next instalment in this splendidly crafted tale of adventure. In the meantime, the sequel to The Passage is on pre-order and will be on my doorstep next week. You remember The Passage – my very first book review on this blog? If you do, you can probably guess just how excited I am for this highly anticipated sequel. If you don’t, you should read my review, then immediately pick up the book, because it still stands as one of the best books I’ve ever read…yes, it’s that good.