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Believer: My Favorite Book 2012

Submitted by Doll Believer on December 24, 2012 – 10:31 am2 Comments


2012 Has been a busy year. I’ve been fortunate to read many books this year but one in particular stood out.  Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone is gorgeous.

Taylor brings a singularly unique interpretation of the oldest subject in man’s repertoire, the battle of good versus evil. The book is written in two parts each part’s voice and style markedly different from the other. Part One is solid Urban Fantasy/New Adult told with the blase affectations of Karou, a teenager straddling the lines between a fantastical otherworld she can’t explain and the mundane predictability of the human world.  I almost stopped reading at the end of the first part because while interesting the story lacked real passion or truth.

The second part transports the reader to another time and place told from the perspective of a different Karou. Highly Gothic and filled with bizarre creatures and rich imagery, the second part is draped in passion and love. Laini’s narrative is thoughtfully constructed each word carefully chosen  for full impact. Unlike the restrained passion and cerebral images of , which was released roughly around the same time, Taylor’s work is unabashedly emotional and straight forward. Borrowing heavily from Dante’s Inferno including the chimera as keepers of hell and true love as the one means of salvation, Taylor has created a romantic ode to the Divine Comedy in her trilogy.

I read the second part of the book with growing despair; I did not want this book to end.  When I did finish, I was left completely depressed and unable to pick up another book for weeks.  I would rather wallow in my funk than ruin the connection I had felt with this book. It’s been months since I finished this book; other novels have been read; but, I still feel the pull of this story almost on a daily basis. I have not re-read the book because I want to leave my experience intact in its original state. I haven’t read the sequel for much the same reason, fearing the unknown developments that might ruin my blissful feeling of perfection. Eventually, my infatuation will lessen and I will read Book Two, Days of Blood and Starlight.  Till then I am resigned to hold on to this feeling as long as I can.


Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read story books. She devoured them because they were full of magical possibilities with every turn of the page. Then the little girl grew up and school work occupied more and more of her time. Eventually the little girl graduated from school, trading in poets & prose for business management & autobiographies. Magic was left behind in her quest for the top and the world became a place filled with “paradigm shifts”, ROI & financial reports. Before she knew it, the girl was a woman who felt out of touch with the world’s magic until she met Birth and her sister Death. While Birth filled her with wonder & happiness; Death filled her with sadness & loss. And so one day she set aside the management books and instead picked up a paperback story filled with vampires, shifters & telepaths. Lo and behold, her passion for these stories blossomed and the woman became a believer in the magic of reading, again. My name is Believer9200 and I believe in the magic of stories because they give me hope.
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  • Mona Leigh says:

    I’m reading book 2 now, but it’s so intense, I’m having to read it in small chunks. You’re right about the imagery and the fantastic creatures.

    Go ahead and read the second book. You won’t be disappointed! :)

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