Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou is a seemingly ordinary seventeen-year-old girl who attends art school and rents a small apartment in the heart of Prague. No one will believe what she does after school, though. 

For instance, she has this magical bead necklace that she can touch and have a small wish granted. She has the mysterious hamsa on her hands she has no idea how she got. Also, she runs very important errands for the Wishmonger, also known as Brimstone, half beast and half man, the only family Karou has ever known who raised her and put her to school. 

A war has been raging for over a thousand years between the Seraphim and the Chimaera, angels and beasts who kill and fight for dominance, and Karou is right smack in the middle of it, she just does not know it yet.

Karou’s existence offers more questions than answers. When she meets the seraphim called Akiva, it is sooner rather than later that the truth of her life story is finally revealed.

First off, I’m not big on fantasy novels, so I’m not sure whether I liked this book or not. The grand scope of its plot and its richly formed characters are very, very impressive. Everything is perfectly woven, and reading about this world feels seamless and fluid. It is not lacking in romance, adventure and magic, but it is also very dramatic, and big, and dreary, and not always in a very good and enjoyable way.

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