New York Times writer, Chelsey Philpot, recently reviewed a new fantasy series opener by YA author, Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (which hit stores at the end of September). Like many young adult books today, Daughter of Smoke and Bone contains mystic creatures like chimera (demons) and seraph (angels), which live and fight within the confines of a faraway made-up land. Unlike many of today's novels, however, the main character, seventeen-year-old Karou, lives among these creatures and calls them family.
Philpot writes that the novel covers an interesting variety of categories; "Taylor has taken elements of mythology, religion, and her own imagination and pasted them into a believably fantastical collage." Throughout the book, Karou must decide who is on her side in this ongoing war, and what she's fighting for in the first place. Love and family mesh and then butt heads, leaving questions, decisions, and hard feelings along Karou's path.
With plenty of loose ends on the last page, Taylor leaves room for many books to come in the series. Read the full book review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone on the NY Times website.