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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Before living on her own as an art student in modern day Prague,seventeen year old Karou has only known a life beyond the portal in Brimstone's shop with half serpent Issa, Yasri the cook,Twiga with his giraffe-neck and of course, massive, muscular Brimstone himself with his crocodilian eyes. Brimstone sends Karou out into the world to collect teeth from animals and humans alike. He then spends his days with Twiga, threading the teeth into necklaces. He pays Karou with scuppies, small beads that she can use to make wishes. Karou would love to be paid with gavriels but Brimstone accuses her of making poor wish choices, hence scuppies. After all, she did wish her hair to be blue, which it is, and give her ex-boyfriend a good case of the itchies. As Karou goes about her days with her friend from art school, Zuzanna, she sense that she is being watched, followed. And she is, by the totally handsome angel Akiva. Letting Akiva into her life, first by fighting him, Karou finds that the chimera like Brimstone and seraphim like Akiva have been at war for centuries. For a chimera to love a seraphim is punishable by death, but the chimera have ways of saving and reincarnating their dead. Karou suddenly understands her past but can she forgive Akiva for what he has done?
"Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is a brilliantly written fantasy with a heartbreaking love story included. The plot follows twist and turns to the end which promises a sequel.In fact, "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" has many subthemes that make it the phenomenal read that it is. The author has chaptured the beauty of ancient Prague and made it her own.What she writes, the reader will believe for her characters are authentic. When Karou and Zuzanna eat goulash at their favorite place, The Poison Kitchen, they take the reader with them.When Karou brings back from Paris a famous antique tuto for Zuzanna,the reader will follow along eagerly. When Karou falls in love with Akiva, the reader will follow eagerly and sigh, knowing their love won't be easy. "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" is a fantasy novel that readers will remember for a very long time.