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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I can see the appeal of this novel, its length makes it an unwieldy beast. Needing a jolly good edit – many plot points are repeated, and repeated, and repeated – the bones of this story are excellent.
Karou is a beautiful, artistic orphan. Currently living in Prague, she is 17. Karou attends art school, has an ex-boyfriend and a best friend, and appears to be a pretty normal teenager. But, of course, she’s not.
Seraphim, chimaera, magic, flying, teeth, sword fighting, history, war. This novel has it all. Including a love story, of course. But aspects of the story are blindingly obvious well before the actual ‘reveal’, and some of the characters and plot developments are pure cliche.
And, it is the first in a series, which means the story is not yet finished. I’ll be reading the next one to see whether Taylor can take the story forward any faster.

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