Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Waiting on Wednesday: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Breaking the Spine to highlight the books we just can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week the book that I just can't wait for:
by Laini Taylor
September 27, 2011
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.
I know, I know, this is out in 6 days, but that just means featuring it here is almost like instant gratification! The first 14 chapters were available on NetGalley so I snatched them up and read them the other day.
It’s difficult to talk to character or plot without reading the entire novel, but what I can say is that the setup to the plot - the introduction of Karou and her chimerae foster family - the secretive Brimstone and Issa and the others who buy teeth for wishes - is handled beautifully. There’s not a lot of obvious action until the end of the sample, but the setup is so intriguingly done as it switches between Karou’s life in Prague and the errands she runs for Brimstone’s shadow world that I can’t imagine the slow buildup to be an issue for many readers.
Taylor’s writing is absolutely beautiful. Her description is lush without significantly slowing down the narrative, and the way she puts words together is nothing short of masterful. I love how each word feels like it was placed perfectly to increase the meaning of the sentence.
I’m looking forward to buying a copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone next week and sinking into the rich world of chimerae, serephim, and Karou of the blue hair and petty but hilarious wishes.