This book (and the rest of the trilogy) was recommended to me by a well-read friend. At the risk of being overly-gushy, I haven’t enjoyed reading a book this much in a long long time. Every sentence, every paragraph, every scene was so well-written. The main character of this book– Karou– is a highly-skilled visual artist, and if I were to hazzard a guess I’d expect this is a gift shared by the book’s author. Additionally, she has a gift for “painting” with words that I can only aspire to. Story aside, I would have continued reading this book just for the pleasure of the well-written prose. It’s not often that I read a book twice, but I probably would this one.
In addition to artfully-crafted prose, the author also delivers an artfully-crafted story, with vibrant, living characters and settings who sometimes feel like they’re popping out of the page, and other times pulling the reader in to intimately share their experiences.
If you enjoy fantasy, romance, engaging characters, hope mingled with tragedy, intrigue, and above all beautiful writing, you, too, will love Daughter of Smoke and Bone.