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I LOVED this book. I don’t even know where to start, I loved everything so much. Perhaps what I liked best was the way the story unfolded. The reader knows what Karou, the heroine, knows. Gradually pieces are dropped into the reader’s knowledge until the mystery of who Karou is, and what role she plays in the war between seraphim and chimera, is revealed. The world of chimera, and all of their complexities, is amazing. These creatures would be considered monsters by humans, and are considered such by the seraphim, but Karou sees her family of chimera only with love.
The one part of the story I really didn’t like was the romance between Karou and Akiva. I hate that instant-soul-mates, can’t-be-parted type of relationship. Every time Karou or Akiva described how they felt, it was described as this inexplicable pull that they can’t fight. That being said, I did appreciate how the romance wasn’t really the main point of the story. It actually more serves as the catalyst to everything else that happens in the world of angels and devils. There’s so much more to this story than the relationship between two people.
I was so impressed with the world and characters of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Blah romance aside, I can’t wait to find out what happens next.