Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Do you have those books that just sit around and never get read? Maybe they’re gathering dust on a shelf or taking up room in a pile on the floor? Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of those books.

Karou is seventeen years old, living in Prague, and fills her sketchbooks with drawings of monsters. Monsters that just happen to be her family. When a heart-stoppingly beautiful stranger shows up, so do black handprints at all the portals Karou would use to visit her monster family. And when those portals are destroyed, Karou is forced to confront the mysterious man. But when she does, a whole other life opens up for her and she must decide what steps to take next to save her family.

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t really expecting much from this book. I’d seen it a few times on TikTok but kind of just ignored it for the most part. It’d been sitting in my floor TBR pile for months and I never had the urge to pick it up. I’m still not sure I’m glad I picked it up. Laini Taylor’s writing is immaculate, filled with beautiful prose and characters I want to spend time with. But the storyline, so far as this one novel, seemed like a slow burn for a good portion of the book. It wasn’t until the last five chapters that things started to really pick up. And of course it ends on a cliffhanger!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone definitely piqued my interest and I’m so curious to see the rest of Karou’s adventure in the next book. I think after using this novel to world and character build, the next one should move a little quicker.