Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I have wanted to read this for a very long time and I’ve finally squeezed it in as this weekend’s commute book! It was a little different to what I expected and I have mixed feelings on it, but here’s what I thought.

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Pages: 418

Published: 5th July 2012

⭐️ 3 / 5

This one’s been on my TBR for longer than I care to admit. It’s been sat on my bedside table for the better part of eighteen months, even moving from the bedside table at ‘home home’ to uni halls and now to my flat…it’s always been next on my list but somehow another book has jumped in front and I don’t quite know how I let it happen.

Not long into starting Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I realised it’s not quite what I signed up for. I tend to steer clear of high fantasy but this certainly dips in and out of it which is not exactly what I expected. Obviously it’s clear from the blurb that there’s an element of fantasy but at some points we go completely off-kilter and it took me a while to work out what was going on. I found it hard to get through the large chunks that I would class as high fantasy but once it started to make a bit more sense, it was much easier to handle and tolerate. If you’re like me and not really a fan of this genre then I suggest giving this a try because by the end of the book I’ve found myself somewhat converted – or at least on my way there.

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