For once the frenzy over a teen novel is justified. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor is one of those books that blots out reality, so consumed do you become in its fantasy world of chimeras and angels . . . inevitably there is an epic romance but Taylor is a talented writer; this is aeons apart from the usual angels and werewolves dross.
A beautifully written novel, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman . . . It is a wonderfully realised world, with fantastic but completely believable characters . . . It is sure to be a huge, and deserved, success.
A mesmerising novel on an epic scale.
Big things are expected of this, the first in a new fantasy trilogy, and we can see why . . . Imaginative and sexy, we couldn't put this down.
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment.
It's the first in a trilogy and I can't wait for the next instalment.
'Laini Taylor pushes the boundaries of realism as she weaves in an age-old (fairytale?) story of the war between angels and demons with the world of today. Extremely gripping with the right dose of romance thrown in, this one is an out and out page turner.'
Laini Taylor's imagination is vivid.
Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one.
Remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy.
The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again.
Thrillingly fresh and new. The smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages. (Seriously, cancel all plans once you begin; you won't want to put it down.)
Trust us, it's brilliant
WOW. I wish I had written this book.
You don't want this book to end . . . it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night-addictive.
You'll be mesmirised by the twists and turns of the first in this new trilogy.