There are some books that complement a language so well they set a bar high above anything you have ever read before.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books. Or three, depending on how you look at it.
Laini Taylor uses words like paint on a canvas. It busts with colors, feelings, and beauty. Her writing is exceptional. It is graceful and elegant, but full of such raw emotions it’s almost mesmerizing.
As far as content goes, I would give it a solid 4 stars. I’m not a huge fan of “love conquers all” story-lines, but it was well done. The world building, the characters, the angels and “demons” aka chimera – very interesting.
I enjoyed reading the trilogy and I have very little qualms. In a place where resurrection is its main problem solver, the constant introduction of Deus ex machina is a little overkill. The Cataclysm felt out of place, but maybe it was a residual feeling from recently finishing the last book in the Eli Monpress series that had a very similar plot. I actually had to look up and compare the publish dates because of just how similar, but they came out within a year of each other so I know there was no way of one inspiring the other.
Overall, I would recommend this series to anyone who wants a solid well written forbidden romance dark fairy tale type story. I’m glad I stumbled upon it, and you won’t regret picking it up either.