YA Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I think it’s alright to judge this book by its cover, because both the cover design and the story are (to borrow a John Greenism) “made of awesome.” I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did because I don’t usually gravitate toward fantasy. While Daughter of Smoke and Bone is definitely a fantasy book (peppered with angels and chimera of all kinds) it goes beyond a simple story featuring supernatural beings.

 Karou lives a double life: in Prague, she lays low as an art student who is mostly socially isolated. She is also always “on call” to run errands for Brimstone, a chimera who lives in another dimension and collects teeth from all over the world. She is restless and always has this sense that she is not doing what she was destined to do with her life.

 Everything changes for Karou when she meets Akiva- a soldier seraph. Through her talks with the angel, Karou learns of age-old war between the seraphs and the chimera. Despite being on opposite teams, the two are strangely drawn to each other. As the story unfolds, Karou learns more about the conflict between the two camps and slowly begins to understand more about her own identity.

 This book brings up questions about personal identity, loyalty, religion, and the after life. For me, what sets this story apart is the exceptional writing. The book is a page turner, but I tended to re-read portions because I liked the word choice or phrasing. The combination of a unique, well-crafted fantasy world, good writing, and a fast paced plot make this book a magical read. I am looking forward to the second book in this series, which is due out later this year.

Recommendation: 5 out of 5 stars


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