trilogy review | daughter of smoke & bone – laini taylor

Reviewed this trilogy in 2017 when I first read Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I fell in love with Laini Taylor’s writing style after this trilogy which prompted me to pick up Strange the Dreamer by her after that. Despite having this trilogy in my physical shelves, I didn’t read the books because they were each so huge. Too much for me at that point in my life. Now, I’ll gladly reread any day.

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy has always been in my mind. I have fond memories of reading the trilogy and it holds a special place in my heart. I hope you guys will enjoy it if you choose to pick the books up.

Navigate through this post with the titles below:
🦷 Daughter of Smoke & Bone | 🗡 Days of Blood & Starlight | ✨ Dreams of Gods & Monsters


Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Published September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Around the world, black hand prints 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 grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly 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 beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery 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?


I don’t think I’ll ever be disappointed by anything Laini Taylor writes. The Strange the Dreamer duology will always be cherished and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is loved as well. Laini Taylor’s books are the entire package–dynamic plot, well-layered characters, and flawless writing. I went into Daughter of Smoke and Bone without knowing anything about it, didn’t read the synopsis, and didn’t read any reviews. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone sat on my shelves for three years before I picked it up. Couldn’t believe I missed out on a gem for so long. The book was lush with imagination, wonder, and adventure. Laini Taylor’s writing is spellbinding, and I couldn’t get enough of the characters. Set in Prague, Czech Republic, rich in gothic history and architecture, the vibe of the book is already established. 

In the beginning, Karou’s life was relatively mundane. Just a talented artist attending a normal school, except that her ex-boyfriend appeared in her art class to pose as a nude model. When she showed Zuzana her art of Brimstone and Issa, it’s clear that Karou’s life is far from typical.

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

Karou is an artist. The creatures drawn in her sketchbooks are real and alive. She goes on adventures for Brimstone, a not-so-fatherly figure who raised her since Karou was an infant. I enjoyed following her perspective and seeing how talented yet lost and flawed, at the same time. Akiva is the product of war. He was a mysterious and intriguing character. I felt myself wanting to know more about him as the story progressed. 

The romance felt a little like Romeo and Juliette. Starcrossed lovers and forbidden relationships. When the love interests met, they somehow connected to each other instantly. Initially, I thought it would be a cringe insta-love situation, but I was gladly proven wrong.

Overall, Daughter of Smoke and Bone kept me thoroughly entertained. It’s always full of colors, imagination, and creativity. Filled with amazing places, self-discovery, hope, and love. I honestly can’t find anything that I hated about the book.

    brimstone and the rest refused to let karou behind the second door because SHE WAS A MONSTER ONCE!!!! and they didn’t want her to be discovered by the disgusting son of the lord (totally forgot his name lol). though, i wasn’t surprised that chiro was the one who betrayed madrigal since she was emitting jealousy every time.
    brimstone is a fucking RESURRECTOR! that’s why the monster population never dwindled! he brought all of them back!!! at the end akiva said they’re all dead. BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE.🤞🏼
    it was unsurprising that karou/madrigal and akiva had a history together. madrigal’s so different from the other monsters. she actually helped patch akiva back in the warzone. instead of killing him.


The next review will have spoilers from book one! Do not proceed if you haven’t read Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

Navigate through this post with the titles below:
🦷 Daughter of Smoke & Bone | 🗡 Days of Blood & Starlight | ✨ Dreams of Gods & Monsters


Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Published November 6th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?


While it took me more than a month to finish reading this tome of a book, I can safely tell you: I’m in love. Laini Taylor’s writing is as flawless as ever. The way she strung words together made the magical world even more enchanting than it already was. I was fully immersed in the plot and the characters.

Through Akiva and Karou’s perspectives, we entered both the angels’ and chimaera’s worlds respectively. In the book, Karou consistently felt like she’s betraying her kind because of the love she strongly had for Akiva. While she’s trying to do everything she can to show people that she’s wholeheartedly just trying to grow the chimaera army. Akiva, on the other hand, is sick of war and killings. He wants to put an end to everything. He yearns for hope. However, he can’t do that without others treating him as a traitor to the angels. Both Akiva and Karou are balancing on a thin line. Whether they win people over is to be seen.

“Daughter of my heart,” was the message Brimstone had sent just for Karou. She wanted to cry again right here in the court, thinking of it. “Twice-daughter, my joy. Your dream is my dream, and your dream is true. You are all of our hope.”

The romance took the backseat with Karou and Akiva apart from each other for the entirety of Days of Blood & Starlight. In Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the both of them had an attraction almost instantly because Karou was Madrigal in her other life while Akiva was still himself. 

Not only were Akiva and Karou amazing, the side characters are great too! Expectedly, I liked Ziri. He was described as the Kirin shadow that always followed Madrigal. Ziri’s character took a major role this time. You will read about his bravery, selflessness, and thoughtfulness. Other than Ziri, Zuzana and Mik became my favorite side characters almost immediately. They brought light and happiness to Karou’s life while she was struggling with guilt and internal conflict.

ughhhhhhh i hate this person!!!!!
    ever since the reintroduction of thiago was made in the book, the wolf made my blood boil. he’s definitely plotting something behind karou’s back. after all the things that he has done, there’s no way he would’ve turned a new leaf that quickly. NO WAY. so i wasn’t surprised when he tried to gain empathy or a little bit redemption in karou’s eyes but was reminding everyone else about her traitorous love affair with akiva YEARS AGO.
    she’s freaking resurrecting you guys and giving you FREAKING WINGS SO THAT THERE’S AN EVEN PLAYING FIELD BETWEEN YOU AND THE ANGELS YET YOU GUYS ARE A BUNCH OF UNGRATEFUL BITCHES WHO HAS NO MINDSET (other than the few who actually went to support karou during her speech but sadly died). i was looking forward to see what the shadows could do but…
    karou killed thiago after he tried to rape her. thankfully she had her dagger and managed to stab him. i was so afraid that someone was going to come into the scene and store thiago’s soul in a thurible while karou escapes. we were then told that karou heard wings, and she was afraid that it was one of thiago’s men, and i was afraid for her. but, THE SCENE GOT CUT OFF. only a few pages later, we found out that thiago is actually alive. I WAS LIVID!!!!! 😡🤬


The next review will have spoilers from book two! Do not proceed if you haven’t read Days of Blood & Starlight.

Navigate through this post with the titles below:
🦷 Daughter of Smoke & Bone | 🗡 Days of Blood & Starlight | ✨ Dreams of Gods & Monsters


Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3
Published April 8th 2014 by Little, Brown & Company
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal


Rating: 5 out of 5.


What power can bruise the sky?

Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.

When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited—not in love, but in a tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.

But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?


Dreams of Gods and Monsters is one chunk of a book. It took me an entire month to go through the 613 pages. I absolutely loved it with all my heart. What a fantastic finale book to a magical trilogy. Amongst the chaos, I was constantly waiting for romantic developments between the couples. In Dreams of Gods & Monsters, a new couple was born that I had been cheering on ever since it was hinted.

Akiva and Karou, though have each other in mind, have to put their personal issues aside. A war is brewing and there’s a common enemy. However, this alliance between chimaera and angels is flimsy and vulnerable. Anything could tip the scale and these two, along with their friends, are to ensure that there’s no infighting before they faced their true enemy.

“If we’re going by the myths, then I would a thing of blood.”
“And of light,” she added, her voice so soft.

Scene stealers: Mik, Zuzana, Ziri

Mik and Zuzana were lovable. They’re loyal and fiercely protective of Karou. As a couple, they are the cutest. Their human presence in the midst of the chimaeras and angels was nice and gives this fantasy book a little normalcy. They literally threw everything behind them and ventured into this unknown world with Karou because they love and trust her.

As for Ziri. He’s precious. Never have I thought that this Kirin who has been silently chasing after Karou for ages could fill me with hope and happiness like this. His presence certainly influenced the course of the book.

“Your soul knew,” said Issa. “Even if your mind didn’t.”

After writing up this review, I realized I didn’t have any more notes. Dreams of Gods and Monsters was too captivating. I think everything just flew past me while I finished up this book and I didn’t want to stop and pen down my thoughts. You just need to know that this trilogy is great. It became one of my favorite series, and I’m due for a reread soon.


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