Sunday, June 16, 2013
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
The story of Karou, whose name means "hope", is a rather unique and different one. A high school student in a performing arts school in Prague, she is sketches the monsters who are part of her life, while everyone else believes they only come from her imagination. Karou has been raised by four Chimera, though she, herself is human, and she regularly runs errands for Brimstone, purchasing teeth for him from collectors. Her entire life is a mystery and she has lived with an unexplained emptiness and longing, never knowing why or what her Chimera family really does or anything about their existence or hers. Then she meets Akiva, an angel, a seraphim who was bred to be a warrior, whose very presence seems to fill the emptiness within her.
Akiva loves Karou, and he knows who she is. As she learns about her past, the concept of war is explored. In reality, are there good guys and bad guys in a war? Are there winners and losers? Or are the participants in a war merely pawns?
Very good book, and I look forward to reading the next one.