Daughter of Smoke & Bone [Audiobook Review]

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Audio: 12.5 hours
Year: 2011
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Source: Person Collection
Book Rating: 4.5/5
Audio Rating: 5/5


Karou (that is not how I pictured the spelling) is an art student in Prague . But she has another life: errand girl to the chimera wishmonger Brimstone. She never knows when or where she might be sent or just what the teeth she collects are used for. Until Karou encounters an angel on one of her errands and her whole world changes.

My Thoughts:

Um, guys? Why didn’t you make me read this sooner? Oh, you tried? That’s right.

Well, I should have listened. There was very little about this I didn’t love. It was interesting – it’s full of seraphim and chimera and wishes and Prague and giant marionettes and magic portals and forbidden love so how could it NOT be interesting, right? And I just loved Karou.

And oh my goodness. That ending. So good. Almost Buffy Season 2 finale good (is anything that good?).

My only fault – just so this review doesn’t get too gushy – is that the story isn’t exactly linear but it isn’t really nonlinear either. It just jumps ahead once in awhile and then has to fill in those and it didn’t quite work for me. But perhaps that is the fault of my decision to listen to it rather than read the print.

Audiobook Thoughts:

This is my first time listening to Hvam (can you believe that?) and she was FABULOUS. Off to download book 2…

4 thoughts on “Daughter of Smoke & Bone [Audiobook Review]

  1. Laurie C June 28, 2013 / 9:25 pm

    I loved this audiobook right up until the last quarter or fifth of it! I still want to listen to the next book, but haven’t written my review of this one yet!


  2. Bob July 1, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    I actually liked Book 2 so much more. Hvam is utterly brilliant in these novels.


  3. Jennifer July 4, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    I’ve seen this book around a couple times but never really sat down to figure out what it was about. It sounds interesting. When I’m looking for some interesting paranormal adventures, I’ll keep this one in mind!


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