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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laini Taylor
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Book Description

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 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.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored 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?

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  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com Review

    Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student with a most unusual family. From his desk in a dusty, otherworldly shop, her mysterious, monstrous father sends her on errands across the globe, collecting teeth for a shadowy purpose. On one such errand, Karou encounters an angel, and soon the mysteries of her life and her family are unraveled--with consequences both beautiful and dreadful. National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor has created a lushly imaginative, fully realized world in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor’s writing is as sumptuous as poetry, and the story overflows with dark and delightful magic, star-crossed love, and difficult choices with heartbreaking repercussions. Readers of all ages will be utterly enchanted. --Juliet Disparte

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    'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' Patrick Rothfuss 'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' Patrick Rothfuss DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment. John Connolly Remarkable and beautifully written ... The opening volume of a truly original trilogy. Guardian Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one. Stylist The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again. New York Times You don't want this book to end ... it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night-addictive. Easy Living Laini Taylor's imagination is vivid. Financial Times A pacy and inventive tale of a girl with an unknown past and supernatural friends ... Mesmerising. Marie Claire Big things are expected of this, the first in a new fantasy trilogy, and we can see why ... Imaginative and sexy, we couldn't put this down. Bella Trust us, it's brilliant Heat A beautifully written novel, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman ... It is a wonderfully realised world, with fantastic but completely believable characters ... It is sure to be a huge, and deserved, success. We Love This Book Thrillingly fresh and new. The smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages. (Seriously, cancel all plans once you begin; you won't want to put it down.) Entertainment Weekly For once the frenzy over a teen novel is justified. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor is one of those books that blots out reality, so consumed do you become in its fantasy world of chimeras and angels ... inevitably there is an epic romance but Taylor is a talented writer; this is aeons apart from the usual angels and werewolves dross. Sunday Telegraph A mesmerising novel on an epic scale. Glamour It's the first in a trilogy and I can't wait for the next instalment. Sun You'll be mesmirised by the twists and turns of the first in this new trilogy. More 'Laini Taylor pushes the boundaries of realism as she weaves in an age-old (fairytale?) story of the war between angels and demons with the world of today. Extremely gripping with the right dose of romance thrown in, this one is an out and out page turner.' Sunday Guardian's Essential Reading list, India

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1615 KB
    • Print Length: 420 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FFBRYDA
    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
    • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004QX076Y
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    330 of 359 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Complex world building...unique novel August 28, 2011
    Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    I would like to start off this review by saying that I really didn't want to read this book. The people who decided on the back of the book description did a crappy job explaining this story in an interesting way. Now that I have read it, the back looks good, but from a fresh perspective, it fell flat. If it weren't a Vine book, given to me for free, I would have never picked it out among the thousands of books out there. I am so glad I gave it a try.

    This complex story is about a girl who has no idea of who she really is. Her life has been filled with creatures that would cause terror to most but have been family to her. Karou is a strong, talented seventeen year old who helps her "family" of demon like characters collect teeth. The teeth have a use, but Karou has never found out what exactly. She just goes to designated sights through portal doors to collect the teeth and then goes back to her private art school and her one friend. Her lonely life is interrupted by the sight of an angel who is trying to put a stop to the teeth trade and the creatures who traffic them. Even though he should destroy Karou ,he can not bring himself to kill her due to her similarities to his long lost love. What follows is an intriguing tale of forbidden love in a lush, imaginative world.

    I know, I know, collecting teeth sounds so...weird. I promise that the author pulls this off and then some. I struggled with what to say without giving too much away, but I wanted to tell more than the back cover. Karou is an interesting heroine who is beautiful, exotic, and real all at the same time. The world building is really the star of this novel. Everything is different than anything I have read. Yes, it has angels in it, but the author still makes everything fresh.
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    101 of 113 people found the following review helpful
    By ACP
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    This is a Gothic urban fantasy, dark and stunningly written. Laini Taylor weaves words together beautifully and she crafts narratives so that you are completely pulled into her world, hopelessly captivated. You simply devour her words. She is gifted and has given us ample proof that stories labeled as Young Adult can easily appeal to adults. Due to very mature themes, this story is not for children and I would recommend that only teens 16 and older read it.

    This is a story about a girl named Karou living two vastly different lives in two vastly different worlds. The joy of this story is discovering Karou and her role in the other-world known simply as "Elsewhere." I was mesmerized by Elsewhere and the fascinating descriptions of its inhabitants and I was completely smitten with the black market concept of trading teeth in exchange for wishes of varying degrees of potency. The teeth are a source of great intrigue and the author does not disappoint when their purpose is revealed. That's where the real story begins. Overall, I was satisfied with her characterizations, though I think the male protagonist, Akiva, needs further development. Since the author utilized a dual perspective, she could have easily developed Akiva more fully. But she didn't and I'm really not sure why. That is the power of that perspective. However, she does a fantastic job bringing secondary characters to life. I was also very pleased with the complexity of motivations. The opposing forces are not solely good or evil, but a fine shade of gray, multifaceted. The premise is imaginative and the possibilities are endless.

    But then a superficial romance is thrown into the mix, confusing my impression of this seemingly carefully crafted tale.
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    78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic August 25, 2011
    Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Karou is a 17-year old art student. She lives in Prague, paints and goes to school. She is trying to get over her good-for-nothing ex-boyfriend. But there is an air of mystery about Karou. She knows magic. She has a secret life. Karou is an orphan who was raised lovingly by a foursome of demonic creatures. She occasionally runs strange errands for them; and on one of the trips she is confronted by an angelic-looking Akiva who attempts to kill her.

    What happens next is best described by the book's own first lines:

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

    It did not end well.

    There is nothing cliche about this story, trust me. Laini Taylor is a writer with talent and extraordinary imagination. What I loved the most about "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" was the world behind it. We all have read our measure of angel books and you will probably agree with me that the portrayal of angels in them rarely goes beyond wings, sexiness and some dark secret behind the "fall." But what if angels and demons are not what is traditionally/biblically accepted? What if you could get into the midst of their world, learn about their cultures, gain knowledge about their centuries-long war? What if the love between an angel and demon is forbidden and a taboo (maybe even by human standards)? Would you like to read about that? I bet you would.

    "Lips Touch: Three Times" is one of my most favorite books ever. If you liked those stories, I doubt "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" will disappoint you. This novel is equally dark, sensual, unsettling and a little twisted. The imagery is stunning. The language is beautiful, every word matters (there were a couple of slips into overwritten, I must say, but only a couple). And the love... well, it pushes boundaries, it transcends time and space.

    Too bad the cover doesn't do this fantastic book justice...
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative prose, creative world building, female friendships - this...
    Guys. Guys. GUYS. THIS BOOK!!!

    I mean, I know I'd heard great things about it. But...WOW. Read more
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    Published 1 day ago by Katelin Tressler
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... book i have read from this auther what a great story just started...
    First book i have read from this auther what a great story just started second book cant wait to see what happens
    Published 2 days ago by michele
    5.0 out of 5 stars Chimaera and Seraph, Demons and Angels
    This was a book I had kept hearing about, and pretty much everyone said it was amazing. That made me nervous, because the last book series people kept telling me was... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Aine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Amazing book. Intense, poetic, passionate. I loved every second of it.
    Published 5 days ago by AmyLouLa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I liked the book the author is very good at world building.
    Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in a really long time.
    Best book ever! Great characters. Glad it's a trilogy. I want to read more. No doubt about my 5 star rating.
    Published 7 days ago by Cheryl Santos
    4.0 out of 5 stars angels and forbidden love, etc
    This was one of the quickest and most attention-grabbing reads for me in some time. The concept is unique for all its familiarity, angels and forbidden love, etc. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Stephen Klopfenstein
    4.0 out of 5 stars easy read. Really enjoyed it
    A magical, captivating, easy read. Really enjoyed it.
    Published 10 days ago by Alexis
    2.0 out of 5 stars Long
    It was a hard book to get into. Then I got into it and the story switched directions and it was hard to finish. Read more
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    More About the Author

    Laini Taylor is the author of the National Book Award Finalist Lips Touch: Three Times, as well as the novels Blackbringer and Silksinger. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter.

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