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Daughter of Smoke & Bone

by Laini Taylor

Published by Little, Brown, 2011
418 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠥16-134026

Age 13 and older

Independent, artistic Karou lives in Prague, trying to pass for a typical teen. No one knows her indigo hair comes from a wish not a bottle, or that the impossible creatures she draws are real. Karou was nurtured from infancy in the workshop of Brimstone梡art human, part lion, part ram. He and his chimaera companions love Karou but give her no answers to questions about her origins. Then a seraph梐n angel梩ries to stop Karou from returning to Brimstone抯 workshop through one of the magic portals that connect it to our world. She抯 saved by her hamsas梩he eye tattoos on her palms梬hich wield a power she knew nothing about. In search of answers, she enters a passage Brimstone has always forbidden and discovers another world before Brimstone catches her and casts her out. Not long after, the portals to his workshop are destroyed by the seraph. Determined to find a way back to those she loves and the world she discovered, Karou puts a plan in motion. But the seraph桝kiva梙as come to Prague to find her. He is haunted by Karou梑y whom she reminds him of. Tethered in our world but influenced by events in another, Laini Taylor抯 richly imagined fantasy features a steely, smart protagonist, an anguished angel, and conflict on an epic scale as Karou and Akiva梒himaera and seraph梡rove to be a star-crossed duo daring to imagine an end to a centuries old war between their kinds. Taylor抯 vivid storytelling trades swift pacing for lush details of setting, character, and feeling in a story to be continued.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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