A Daughter of Smoke & Bone
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts and started the apocalypse."
A Dream-Like Series
Karou lives in Prague, whiling away the time by filling in sketchbooks with monsters. Seemingly a quirky art student, she also spends time on errands, picking up mysterious packages with suspicious traders. When black hand prints begin to appear on doorways and Karou meets an angel with flame-colored eyes, her already rather odd life begins to change.
Don't be put off by the rather tome-like size of this series. It's amazing! From the very start of A Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I was hooked. Karou is a tough protagonist who cares for her friends and her goals. The supporting cast is well fleshed-out, as well as rather entertaining. The writing style was great, and I love the spooky, haunted, urban fantasy setting in Prague. It had that same sense of otherworldliness that I love about Neil Gaiman's works (especially Neverwhere)! Along with the writing style, the plot had me guessing at every turn, and almost every twist was a surprise. I especially enjoyed Brimstone and his shop.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters
While the second book was a little slow for me despite the dramatic nature of the plot, Dreams of Gods & Monsters surged back to greatness, meeting the bar set by A Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The plot twist at the end of book two had left me wondering what was going to happen, so then finally getting the last of the trilogy probably added to that feeling of tense finality. But as a whole series, it was engrossing and I loved the heroes and despised the antagonists. There's love that strives to exist in a world of darkness and characters that have their own agendas who won't throw all their allegiances aside for the romance. Which I appreciated.
Here are all the links. Most likely by the time you zip through the first two, you'll be able to get the third as well!
Jenna V. enjoys dark fantasy stories, especially the rather spooky ones.