Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor pdf is the first book in the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Laini Taylor. It was published in September 2011 by Hachette Book Group, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company. The story follows Karou, a seventeen-year-old Prague art student.
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Karou, a 17-year-old art student living in Prague, goes about her daily life attending classes and hanging out with her best friend Zuzana, while simultaneously trying to evade her ex-boyfriend Kazimir. It is soon revealed, however, that Karou was raised by four chimaera living in a workshop on a trans-dimensional plane between the human world and Eretz, from where the chimaera originate. The workshop is owned by Brimstone, who is her father figure.
While with Zuzana, Karou is summoned by Brimstone to do a job, which requires her to collect teeth – both of human and animal origin – from her world and bring them to him. He uses the teeth for unspecified purposes and pays Karou in physical trinkets which she uses to perform wishes. Karou, having grown weary of her job, which usually includes dealings with illegal dealers and graverobbers, reluctantly departs. When she returns to the workshop via portal doors that connects to all parts of the world, she finds the door scorched with a black handmark.
Across the world, more of Brimstone’s doors are marked with the black handmark. The perpetrators turn out to be an angel named Akiva and his, essentially brother and sister, Liraz and Hazael, who belong to a race of seraphim at war with the chimaera in their local Eretz. When Karou returns to the workshop for another mission, the chimaera tell her of their fears of her “taking her freedom” and abandoning them. Feeling uncomfortable with the thought of leaving her family, Karou ventures into Morocco to purchase human teeth from an old graverobber, Izil, who is burdened with a cursed angel, Razgut, on his shoulder. In her meeting with this man, the graverobber tells her Brimstone once asked to purchase baby teeth.
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 of the Book Daughter of smoke and bone – Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor born in Chico, California, grew up as a US military kid in Europe and California and earned her English degree from UC Berkeley. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Printz Honor Book Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares. Taylor is also the author of the global sensation the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy and the companion novella Night of Cake & Puppets. Taylor’s other works include the Dreamdark books: Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is lainitaylor.com.
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- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031613399X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316133999
- Reading age : 15 years and up
- Lexile measure : 850
- Grade level : 10 and up
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 1.45 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #695,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #390 in Teen & Young Adult Monster Fiction
- #1,808 in Teen & Young Adult Epic Fantasy
- #1,976 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction on Girls’ & Women’s Issues
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,833 ratings
Major Characters in Daughter of Smoke and Bone pdf
Karou: Karou is a seventeen-year-old Prague art student who speaks a variety of languages, has three bullet wounds on her stomach, and has blue hair that grows from her head. In Daughter of Smoke and Bone, she runs tasks for her foster father Brimstone by gathering the teeth of various creatures, including humans, and draws pictures of her chimaera guardians in her sketchbook. When she is in Marrakesh on a task, Akiva, a seraph, is about to kill her when he recognizes that she is truly Madrigal reborn. When Madrigal was killed, Brimstone gleaned her soul and made a new body out of a string of human baby teeth, creating the body of a human infant that he then raised as Karou. In the chimaera language, the word “karou” means “hope”. In Days of Blood and Starlight, with Brimstone dead, Karou works for Thiago as the resurrectionist, as she is the only one left who truly knew the task.
Zuzana: Zuzana is described by Karou as being like a rabid, tiny fairy in appearance. She is Karou’s best friend in Karou’s human form and Mik’s girlfriend. She and Mik have a puppet act, but it is failing now as Zuzana lacks the patience to keep it up much longer. Karou often kept her secret errands from Zuzana, but after witnessing the death of Kishmish, Zuzana learned everything. In Days of Blood and Starlight, Karou sends Zuzana an e-mail that the latter takes to mean as a code for rescuing, but it is only when she gets to the chimaera hideout that she learns Karou never wanted to be rescued. First appears in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Brimstone: Brimstone is a chimaera with a ram’s head, lion haunches, raptor feet, and reptilian eyes, with the rest being like a man’s. He runs an otherworldly shop in which hunters and graverobbers give him teeth for wishes, although there are certain requirements for the teeth so that they can be used to create a proper body for resurrection. Having raised her from infancy, Brimstone is the closest thing to a father figure that Karou knows. When Madrigal was executed by Thiago, Brimstone gleaned her soul and fashioned her a new body of a human infant so that he could raise her. Joram personally kills Brimstone and so Karou has to take over the resurrection trade. First appears in Daughter of Smoke and Bone and appears in flashbacks in Days of Blood and Starlight.
Akiva: Akiva is a seraph and member of the Misbegotten, or the illegitimate sons and daughters of Emperor Joram. He is known among his people as “Beast’s Bane” because of the amount of chimaera that he has killed. Madrigal helped him so that he did not die from an injury after a battle, and he came to love her. The two met in the temple of Ellai every night until Thiago found out and had Madrigal executed. When he spies Karou in Marrakesh, Akiva is about to kill her when she turns around and he sees in her eyes that she is truly Madrigal. In Days of Blood and Starlight, he kills his father Joram to help achieve the goal that he and Madrigal strove for. Due to his mother’s Stelian ancestry, he has an unusually large amount of magic for a seraph. To stop Jael’s army from hatching their evil plot, he plans to burn all portals from Eretz to the human world, but is too late. First appears in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Thiago: Thiago is a chimaera with wolf haunches and clawed fingernails, although he was originally stag-headed like his father. The son of the Warlord, he took over the chimaera cause when his father was killed. His gonfalon was a wolf’s head with the words “Victory and vengeance” underneath. Thiago has just received from Brimstone when Karou first stumbles across the space underneath Brimstone’s shop, and Karou accidentally disturbs him. He goes to attack her, but Brimstone saves Karou. Madrigal was originally his suitor, and when he found her with Akiva in the temple of Ellai, he had her executed. In Days of Blood and Starlight, Thiago has appointed Karou as the new resurrectionist and the two act as the Warlord and Brimstone. Thiago makes several advances on her, but she rejects them. He tries to rape her in the pit after killing Amzallag, Tangris, and Bashees, but Karou kills him and moves Ziri’s soul to his body to make it look as if nothing had happened.
Ten: Ten is a wolf-type chimaera that works personally for Thiago. In Days of Blood and Starlight, Ten is in charge with looking after Karou to make sure that she doesn’t escape. Ten shows enthusiasm in this and wishes to begin resurrection work herself, although Karou denies her this right. When Bast says that Amzallag and the Shadows That Live were killed by Thiago, Karou runs into Ten on the way to the pit and gets attacked. However, Issa manages to overcome Ten and transfers her body to Haxaya’s soul so that the fox-type chimaera can keep up a disguise so as not to arouse suspicion.
Ziri: Ziri is described as being Madrigal’s “little Kirin shadow”, and was madly in love with her. Like Madrigal, he was Kirin (see Madrigal, below) and ended up being the last of his species to occupy his natural flesh. When Madrigal was beheaded, he is said to be the only chimaera who never cheered. After Karou came back and her true identity was discovered, he was forbidden from contact with her. However, when his party (led by Balieros) disobeyed orders and went to the Hintermost to save their people, he was the only survivor and managed to glean the souls of the others. The angels attacked him and he was badly hurt, so Karou healed him so that he could remain pure. After the death of Thiago, Ziri occupied the body of Thiago as Haxaya occupied the body of Ten to carry on the charade. First appears in Days of Blood and Starlight.