Laini Taylor’s engrossing novel, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, recipient of countless rave reviews from readers at Goodreads, recently featured on Entertainment Weekly‘s “Must List”, and hailed as a “next Harry Potter” by The Wall Street Journal, is sure to captivate readers of all ages. It’s the tale of a demon’s forbidden romance with a mysterious girl at the heart of an ancient war, appropriately set in an enthralling magical world. The artist Karou is possessed of a silent movie queen’s expressive eyes, natural blue hair growth, and a seemingly endless font of inspiration. Despite that her sketchbooks have developed a cult following at school, there are many things about herself Karou doesn’t understand. She’s fluent in several languages, even some non-Human ones, and besides her enviable creative talents, Karou is errand girl to a chimeric trader of human teeth for magic beads named Brimstone, who has raised her from birth. As in the case of many characters from ancient mythology, Bimstone’s physique is assembled from multiple species: his arms and massive torso are human, he has the talons of a Raptor and a Ram’s head with spiral horns on either side. Karou travels from Brimstone’s shop via portals to any town he names, from North African desert encampments to Paris, France, meanwhile hounded by the drive to understand her incredible piece of happenstance. Who were the Chimaera, and where had they came from? Where there more of them? What’s in Brimstone’s backyard? And why are black handprints appearing on his portals? And what are all those teeth for, anyway? And how had she fallen into Brimstone’s care in the first place? One afternoon, Karou encounters a winged man who brings everything she’s known to a stark conclusion while simultaneously giving rise to the blooming fibers of a brand new feeling, making her someone with a future and past even more unclear than before, giving rise to a new set of questions. Karou feels haunted by fleeting half-memories of an elusive “phantom life” that somehow seems more fitting, but is it real? Was she meant for something else, or was this tangled tale of stateless everywheres and timeless forevers her own? Who were her true parents, then? Rights for Daughter of Smoke and Bone have already been sold in 20 countries, and the book has received three starred reviews. From the author: “Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called ‘Laini’s Ladies.'” Ms.Taylor will embark on a 9-city tour this fall, including stops at the Boulder Book Store and the Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover in the first half of this month.
Monday, October 10th @6:30 PM
BOULDER BOOK STORE
1107 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Tuesday, October 11th @ 7:00 PM
9315 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129