Daughter of Smoke and Bone
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars
Karou seems to be a regular art. Student. Blue-haired and a bit eccentric. She blends into the student life of Prague. But Karou has her secrets. She often disappears on mysterious errands, she draws wonderful and monstrous creatures in her sketchbook and claims that her hair is naturally blue. Haunted by questions about her past and identity, she leads a double life. Suddenly, her second life becomes even more cryptic. Brimstone, a monstrous creature who raised her up, sends her on a last desperate mission, while black scorched marks start to appear on the doors leading to his workshop.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first part of quite an original series. The world created by Laini Taylor is fascinating and unique. It is elaborate and complete with geography, history, legends and two sides fighting the never-ending war. It is inhabited by vivid characters, who rarely are what they seem to be at the first glance. The book also contains the undying theme of star-crossed lovers — stuck on the different sides of the war. The novel has many thrilling, unexpected plot twists that made me excited for the second part.
In general, I enjoyed this book and the next part of the series is already on my bookshelf. It is an original take on fantasy that I would recommend to everyone.