I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it. A friend recommended it and so I picked it up without reading the synopsis. It was a different experience for me, reading with no idea what this story was about…..and I really enjoyed the surprise!
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone follows the life of Karou, a blue-haired, tattooed, teenager who lives on her own with no adult supervision. Karou is a mystery to the people around her, none of whom are allowed to get very close to her, but more importantly, Karou is a mystery to herself. She doesn’t know where she comes from, who her parents are or how she fits into the human realm she lives in. Karou runs errands for a being of another realm who, for all intents and purposes, has been her “father” as he’s the one who she has known all her life. But even he doesn’t tell her anything of her past or the world he lives in, a world where the beings are part animal and part human. As the story unfolds, Karou meets a stranger that she is inexplicably drawn to and through their relationship she discovers why her identity has been shrouded in mystery.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away as I think the story should be discovered through reading the book. It’s well-written and has an interesting mythology. I was hard pressed to find any inconsistencies in Taylor’s story that crosses realms and time. I am dying for the second book which will be released this summer. The last part of the book was very intense for Karou and the reader and it set up the next book very nicely. I cannot wait to see where her next adventure begins.