Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a richly detailed, beautifully told novel that you just want to pour over and you really don’t want the story to ever end. I was sucked into the world of Karou. Her life in Prague as an art student and errand girl for Brimstone, the Chimera who deals in teeth and wishes, was fascinating and intriguing and really made me want to travel to Prague. The descriptions of Prague were so real that I could imagine walking the streets of Josefov and eating goulash in Poison. And Karou was just a wonderful character. She was spunky and intelligent and heroic and sarcastic and she has blue hair that she wished for! I loved her! I loved the cast of characters around her as well. I was fascinated by the chimeras: Brimstone, Issa, Twiga, Yasri and Kishmish. I wanted to know more about them; where they came from; who they were; what they did with the teeth? Then we have Akiva, the seraphim out to kill the chimera. Sure he is a bit of your typically angsty, paranormal romancy guy, but he isn’t completely gone to the dark side. I liked the relationship and the mystery between Karou and Akiva.
And there is plenty of mystery in this book that is slowly revealed to the reader and to Karou. I like that Taylor reveals the mystery to both her character and the reader at the same time. I thought that was a nice was to write the book. There is the mystery of the chimera/serphamim war, the mystery of Akiva, the mystery of who or what Karou is, and the mystery of what happened when all the portals burned. They are all answered by the end of the book and the answers just leave you wanting more! I really can’t wait for the next book in this series.