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Series Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor (Spoiler Free!)


“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

Synopsis of the first book:
“Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

Let me just start off by saying; Laini Taylor’s writing is just beautiful. I love her writing so much, I cannot wait to read more from her.

The first book follows Karou, she runs errands for her chimaera family, she collects teeth for them, she knows nothing about who she is or where she came from. Her life turns upside down when the portals she uses to get to her chimaera family are destroyed, she has no way of accessing her family who raised her.
I really like the story of the ‘devils’ (chimaera) not really being the bad ones, it’s a really unique twist on the typical angels and devils stories.

The first book is basically Karou finding out more about herself and the family who raised her. The second book continues the journey of Karou embracing her heritage and her people and the war between the chimaera and angels is blossoming. (You get to see more or Eretz, the chimaera/angel world in this book, whereas the first is set in our world)
The third book is the conclusion, summing up everything, it’s hard to explain the third book without spoilers! However, the third book introduces a new character and I wasn’t overly keen at first, but it was wrapped up fairly well. Though I have to say the third book was my least favourite.

–  She’s super cool art student with blue hair and tattoos raised by chimaeras. I love Karou, I really enjoyed her character and her chimaera ‘family’.
Akiva –  He’s an angel, his people are at war with the chimaeras. He is Karou’s forbidden love interest. I ship these two so bad, they’re so cute.
Zuzana – She is a tiny badass and Karou’s best friend. I love Zuzana and Karou’s friendship and Zuzana and Mik’s relationship, they’re too cute!
Ziri – A chimaera, one of my favourites. He is seriously such a cinnamon roll.

Overall: I freaking love these books, they have definitely become an all-time favourite. I look forward to rereading them in the future. I also cannot wait to read more by Laini Taylor, I will be picking up the novella for this series; Night of Cake and Puppets and Strange the Dreamer for sure!
I highly recommend these books to anyone wanting an Urban Fantasy with a bit of romance.

Book Ratings:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone: 4.5/5 Stars
Days of Blood and Starlight: 5/5 Stars
Dreams of Gods and Monsters: 4/5 Stars

Overall Series Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars

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