Monday, 25 June 2018

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | Series Review

Books: The Daughter of Smoke a Bone Series
(Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted to me!

Links to Purchase:  Amazon CABook Depository, Chapters Indigo

From master storyteller and National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor comes a sweeping and gorgeously written modern fantasy series about a forbidden love, an ancient and epic battle, and hope for a world remade.

It has taken me a long time to finish this series. I read books one and two for the first time in 2015, and then never made it into the final book. Why, I don't know, because I loved the first two. There was something about the magic, and the fantastical element, but also Prague, that I loved. Combine that with super beautiful and lush prose? I don't know why I didn't finish this earlier. (I actually do know. School. Because school sucks the fun out of everything). I picked this series back up in summer of 2017, when I knew that I would be in Prague for a few days over my birthday in August. And while I didn't finish it, or even make a dent, I picked it up again over Christmas break, and finally went on to finish the series this year!

A few things to get out of the way: If you're debating reading this series, just do it. It's a time investment, yes, but it's worth it. My favourite was Daughter of Smoke and Bone, followed very closely by Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I still loved Days of Blood and Starlight, but it was my least favourite of the series. What can I say, the romance in books one and three push them over the top.

First let me say something about the pacing of this series. It's super fast paced, things move very quickly, but you're never rushed. And while things move quickly, don't for one second think that Laini Taylor isn't playing the long game. Every moment is perfectly timed out, and while there were moments where I didn't totally get the point of them in the moment, everything comes around and makes sense. Everything comes to fruition and when you look back, those moments are some of the best.

Can I also mention how much I love Karou? Her character was the life blood of this world, and all the shit that she has to deal with in this series made me just be her best friend and take care of her. Not that I would, because I would hate to step on Zuzana's toes. The friendship between Zuze and Karou is now my favourite female friendship in all of YA. They're best friends, who support each other no matter what, and whose friendship is never questioned. There are so many stories where girls are supposedly best friends, but their stories are about fighting, but none of that nonsense can be found here. Karou needed her friend, and Zuze needed to make sure Karou was safe. I love them so dearly.

And Akiva and his siblings! While I kind of loved Akiva from the moment we met him (do you blame me??), his family dynamic is what really strikes me. We get to met Hazael and Liraz in book one, but we learn more about them and get to know them more in the following books. They were the dark horse surprise for me. I didn't think that I would like them, or enjoy reading about them, as much as I did.

Moving on from the characters, I want to talk plot and writing style. Mainly, how I don't think you could have one without the other. The plot revolved around Seraph and Chimera, or angels and demons in more basic terms. But it also deals with souls, reincarnation, resurrection. All of this stuff is pretty out there, and not often seen in a lot of YA. There are  themes and plot points and elements to this series that I've never seen elsewhere. But these come together to not just make a cohesive story, but a beautiful one. And I chalk that up to Laini Taylor's stunning prose. It's very lush writing, but when I was reading her descriptions of certain things everything made perfect sense. In fact, the atmosphere and emotion was amplified by the prose, just enough to seem magical and fantastical, yet still be grounded in reality.

But my favourite part of this series? It's fun. Even though it deals with heavier topics, it's so much fun to read about Karou and Akiva, and Mik and Zuzana, and all the other characters. They all have such an incredible light behind them that reading this absolute monster of a series is an joy. I never found myself bored, and I was immediately swept up in this fantastical world. 

It's hard to write a series review without spoilers, but if you take one thing away from this review, let it be this: This is a fun series, that will have you laughing, gasping, and crying in every chapter. The writing, the world, and the characters are so unique, and are so special. I'm so glad that I read this series, and I cannot wait to talk to more people about it.

Each book gets 5/5 stars, and this series is elevated to one of my favourites now. Thanks for reading!

Cheers my dears!

1 comment :

  1. I am so glad you liked this series! I have been meaning to check this one out, but I forgot about how much people loved it. It kind of went to the backburner for me because of all the new books that kept coming out. Thanks for sharing!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian