Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: Older Teens
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
I intended to read the rest of the books in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series immediately after finishing the first book.
That didn’t happen.
Mostly, it was because Daughter of Smoke and Bone just didn’t grab me and I had other books that I wanted to read more. The magic was cool and I liked wondering what was going to happen next. But also, it was weird and sometimes hard to understand. I liked it, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the sequels now.