The daughter of smoke and bone, Karou, lives in a world hidden within our own. While her world is full of magic, wishes, angels, demons and war, it’s plain secrecy and cautiousness that keeps her world a secret from us. Karou was raised as a human by Brimstone, a feared wishmonger, in his magic shop. The wishmonger’s shop is accessible from our world through a series of doors scattered throughout the world. When one of us opens the door, it may lead to an abandoned basement in Prague, an apartment in Paris, or a shop in Marrakesh. But when the door is opened from the inside, it leads straight to Brimstone in his magic shop.
Karou, whose hair grows out of her head blue, by the way, is an art student in Prague. Her job, if you can call it that, is collecting teeth for Brimstone. While Brimstone has never told Karou what he does with the teeth, he pays her in wishes – small wishes, and a lot of them. When Karou is travelling between cities and Brimstone’s shop collecting and delivering teeth she notices that some of the doors to the shop are being marked with a black handprint seared into the doors. This mark is the warning of the angels that the ongoing war is coming to Brimstone and the demon world. Karou is ready to protect her family when a complication arises – she falls in love with an angel.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a rich and lyrically written book that confuses what is “good” and “evil,” taking and remolding the best of Romeo and Juliet, fantasy, and beautiful prose. This book blew me away and I can’t wait to read the sequel!
Review by Annica, CLP-West End