“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.” – Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” Review
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“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” is a beautifully crafted novel centered around a world quite different from our own with seraphim and chimaera locked in a world. This war happens behind magical doors from the human world, and author Laini Taylor integrates this flawlessly.
The main character Karou was raised by chimaera, creatures mingled with multiple animal aspects, and lived with the wishes and magic while doing her best to mingle with her human life. She has inklings of another life, whispers that tell her she’s not only human, that this life was not her only one.
Eventually Karou’s life is flipped when she is attacked by a seraphim, a character that is constantly described as beautiful, even when he almost kills Karou. Foreign memories come to her as the pair make their peace, with Akiva the seraphim understanding what he really is before she does.
The rest of the novel encompasses details of Karou’s former life and the hardships she encountered when Akiva and she had first met. The tale ends with a segway into the second installment of the trilogy. It leaves the reader satisfied with the story of Karou’s past while setting up the stage for the next chapter of her life.
The second half of the novel heavily concentrates on Karou’s and Akiva’s romance, which contributes to their motivation in working toward peace between the seraphim and chimaera. However, I frequently found myself zoning out on the flowery language that described their love. My attention wasn’t as captured in the second half of the novel as it had been in the first because of the heavy focus. Yes, their love is important to the plot, to the core of the story, but it did not keep my attention.
I did greatly enjoy the lore and the world-building of the novel. The myths and the history of the seraphim and chimaera were truly inventive and we learned both sides of the story behind their war throughout the novel. Although I won’t be in a rush to do so, whenever I pick up the sequel, I’m looking forward to submerging back into their world.
“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” gets a 3 out of 5 stars.