Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series Review
Guess who’s back, back again…. because I keep falling off of the blog wagon. Whoops! I am back though and with a book series that I loved so dearly I just want to shout it from the metaphorical roof tops. I would yell from the real ones if I wasn’t afraid of falling. Any way, this book series isn’t exactly new to the world, but it is new to me, and all thanks to my sweet book-lovin’ friend Lindsay who insisted I read it. She was right, OF COURSE.
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor.
oh. my. gosh.
It hooked me from the very beginning with Taylor’s masterful imagination and the dark allure of mystery that surrounds the main character Karou. I know I seem to gush about each book I review, which is because I only share the books I do love. Negativity not welcome here, but this book series really did exceed all of my expectations. In general I tend to be a little wary of YA novels. Partly because I’m not part of that demographic and therefore know those books aren’t written with me as a reader in mind but also because I’ve read YA in the past that didn’t resonate with me even when I was in the demographic.
Back to Taylor’s imagination and allure of mystery though. This is one of those series that truly did surprise me when the truth started spilling out from the background. I didn’t expect Karou’s past to be what it was, I didn’t expect the books to take the turns they did (in fact I found myself physically angry at some of the turns), and the ending was surprising to me in a good way. I just love when that happens. Everything clicked into place and I had that moment of awed realization when I looked back at how everything lined up. Love, love, love when that happens. Taylor’s imagination was even more awe-inspiring to me. I’ve got an entire love affair with imagination and creativity, so when I come across an author who clearly has a vivid and energizing imagination it’s like finding a kindred spirit.
From Taylor’s crystalline descriptions to her vibrant worlds and characters, this book is unlike other’s I’ve read. I can only compare this world to those of Rowling and Schwab and Jemisin and Tolkein and Lewis. The world of Eretz is it’s own world. It is full of unique characteristics and magic all it’s own. It has a rich history full of myths and dangers. And her characters? Nothing impresses me more than characters that are so individual and multi-faceted that they seem real. The characters, even the minor ones, are like that in this series. It surprised and pleased me more than anything else in the course of the three books. When the characters are as fully formed as Karou, Akiva, Zuzana, Mik, Liraz, Hazael and Ziri (and all the others), it’s so easy to become invested in the book and in what happens. If you don’t love the characters of a book, then why are you even reading it? It couldn’t have put these books done if my life depended on it because I needed to know what was happening to them and the worlds they loved.
Imagination. Characterization. Mystery. Adventure. Love. Friendship. War.
There is so much going on in these books. As a writer, the series and Taylor’s work is incredibly inspiring. I hope to one day publish a book with characterization as rich and relatable as Taylor, with worlds and magic as realistic, and with as much emotion from the opening all the way to the end. The most amazing thing to me is that this was her first series. This was the one that put her on the map and my goodness what an opening act. I’ve already ordered her books Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. So keep an eye out for those reviews which will hopefully be coming soon!
Tell me, have you read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series? Did you love it as much as I did? Or is there something I left out of this review that you’d like to talk to me about? Fire away!