Publisher: Little Brown
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bones #1
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 grows 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 hairactually 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?
Karou is named for "hope" in the 'devil's' tongue otherwise known as the chimera. She lives in the human world primarily but was raised by kindly chimera. They're a neat race that might be something similar to Egyptian gods with animal heads and humanoid bodies or human faces and animal bodies. The varieties are endless.
When Karou meets the angel, Akiva and is almost killed, this is where the story really starts to take off. I was quite obsessed with this storyline, not only for the action, but the mystery and then the romance blossomed in the background.
The world building was done very well. It wasn't confusing and it pulled the reader into a secret world much the same way J.K. Rowling did for her Harry Potter series. By the end it's like you've been apart of something unique but not entirely disconnected from our own reality.
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