Around the world, black handprints 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 grown 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?
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About the Author
Khristine Hvam has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie Award for Best Narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.
Feels thrillingly fresh and new...The smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages.-- "Entertainment Weekly"
Breath-catching romantic fantasy about destiny, hope and the search for one's true self.-- "New York Times Book Review"
An adventurous story of self-identity, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is written with high-stakes flair and a touch of humor...Well-told and well-paced, raising intriguing questions about notions of identity, expectation, trust, betrayal, and belonging.-- "Los Angeles Times"
Heart wrenching and beautiful, this novel's story line is addictive and romantic, and the characters, even the secondary ones, are multidimensional and interesting. But what stands out most is Taylor's ability to bring to life a sleepy, snowy Prague, a sun-drenched Marrakesh, and a fantasy world entirely of her own making...The book becomes impossible to put down.-- "RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)"
National Book Award finalist Taylor again weaves a masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"