I love Laini Taylor, and when I finally managed to get my hands on the Strange the Dreamer Duology, I was excited to begin a Laini-Taylor-A-Thon. I love her and wanted to re-read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy anyway, and found the perfect excuse.
Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
I love this book! I feel like the balance between the plot and subplots are balanced well, and Karou is written as a very realistic teenager. I found that all the characters were thoroughly enjoyable and well rounded. They were incredibly complex and worked like real people.
Like mould on books, grow myths on history.
I liked the way that Zuzana trusts Karou even when she doesn’t know too much about here, and gets annoyed at her frequent disappearances. In other books, this would result in Karou being a friendless freak, but Taylor understands the nuances of human relationships in a way that most authors seem reluctant to do.
Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.
The low level fantasy in this book, was done well. It hinted a lot at something bigger waiting, to happen next and explained things in a way that meant the reader felt like these were normal things and not part of some great big exposition.
Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.
On the same note, I felt like the balance between (spoilers) Madrigal’s past and Karou’s present was well managed and done in such a way that it didn’t alienate the reader of distract them from the main plot.
Never repent your own goodness, child. To stay true in the face of evil is a strength.
I adore this book, and will be re-reading it for many years to come.