Around the world, black handprints 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 grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly 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 one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored 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 had so many expectations for Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I can't tell you how hyped up I was after reading thousands of raving reviews. Sad to say that, it was not my cup of tea. It seemed that I couldn't get hooked on the book anywhere. Karou is a wonderful character and she is....likable, but her voice just couldn't pull me in. The book was not lacking in descriptions, beautiful descriptive passages, but sometimes they seemed overwhelming and too much. I was constantly told how beautiful Akiva was and it was annoying. The story seemed to be all over the place to me and sometimes I found myself flipping pages because I had gotten bored. As a result, I don't think I'll be buying the sequel to this book when it comes out. Try it out, though, you may like it.