Every once in a while, I come across a book that completely surpasses my expectations in more ways than I could have imagined. Suffice to say, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books. I absolutely adored this book. The world, the characters, the writing…all of it flowed together so beautifully. I’ve been hearing amazing things about this book for years, and while I trusted the judgment of all those fans, I still wasn’t sure if the story would be for me. Normally, I hate being wrong, but this is one of those rare times when I’m so glad I wasn’t right.
Prague was the perfect setting for this story. The sense of magic and mystic that permeated the city immediately enthralled me. And Karou, the mysterious, blue-haired art student who nobody seemed to know much about (including Karou herself) added an even richer dimension to the book.
Toward the end, when everything started getting revealed, the switch from past to present and different perspectives felt a bit confusing at times. And the beginning started off a little slow for my taste. But the rest of the story more than made up for any minor issues I had.
To sum up my ramblings, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is definitely a book you don’t want to miss out on. I can’t wait to dive into the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on it!