31 October 2011
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set in Prague (mostly) and follows a human girl who was raised by Demon-like creatures. She gets swept into their war with the angels at the same time as she is falling in love with an angel soldier.
This book was hilarious at times. It would have been enjoyable even if the plot wasn't so fantastic (which it is). All of the characters were unique and easy to love. The search for truth and peace was complicated and never oversimplified as so often happens. The story was heart breaking (oh my god, the end. The end!). There were so many times I should have seen it coming, but just didn't want to.
What fascinates me about this book is the structure. A major reason why I want to reread this book is to examine how the story works on a technical level. Most books like this are heavy set up and backstory and mystery in the beginning with action packed endings. This book was the opposite. The action felt non-stop in the beginning with the end being answers to all the questions. But the end worked. Instead of being boring, it built up a crazy emotional charge. I don't even know how to explain it. I had to go take a shower when I finished the book, just so I could try to piece myself back together.
What I adored about this book is that the book didn't end with a thousand unanswered questions. Instead, almost all of my questions were answered and the story ended with a call to adventure. I wish more trilogies were set up this way. I will definitely be reading Laini Taylor's other books.