Monday, November 19, 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor
It was a little weird, too, I'll say that for it. It's a fantasy, after all. And I think that's maybe why I shied away a bit. I'm not a big fantasy fan, as you know, so some of the language and the strange names were hard for me to adjust to. Honestly, for the first few chapters I as feeling a little lost and I didn't love it. I liked it, but I wasn't 100% in. But once I got used to the language, I really, really liked it. 110% in by the end!
I love the way Laini Taylor wove and layered so many levels of the plot together. It was fascinating to try and figure out how A was related to B was related to C and so on. And it was VERY complicated. I'm amazed someone could sit down and come up with all this. I have no idea how she did it. I love how the title fits with the story. I love her word choice. I love her strong female protagonist. I love her descriptions. Did she get to go to Morocco to research this? I wanna know.
So lucky for me that the next book in the series is out now. It's called Days of Blood and Starlight, and I am so looking forward to it, although I am worried about Karou and what she'll find! Here's the cover - just as gorgeous as the first one was. It was #4 on the New York Times bestseller list last week. Hurrah for Oregon authors!