Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini TaylorMeanwhile, a blue-skinned goddess girl and her supernaturally gifted companions walk the halls of an empty citadel, surviving on plums and rainwater. We talked with Taylor about her process, her reading list, and her fictional obsessions. Add to Bag. A character, an image, a line? That bumped into this other idea, about the unwanted, half-caste children of bad gods, and a story started to take shape. Do you mean actively during writing? My answer to this is boring.
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Thank you! Seventeen-year-old Karou leads a double life: as an art student in Prague with normal boyfriend troubles—and as a runner of bizarre errands for Brimstone, a scarred and saturnine sorcerer with the head of a ram and the lower body of a dragon. With similarly chimerical associates, he has raised her from infancy and dispatches her through magic portals to destinations all over the world. Switching points of view and settings, Taylor then fills in a back story that links Akiva and Karou in an older tragedy, while planting seeds that might lead ultimately to peace. The plot hinges on major contrivances, but along with writing in such heightened language that even casual banter often comes off as wildly funny, the author crafts a fierce heroine with bright-blue hair, tattoos, martial skills, a growing attachment to a preternaturally hunky but not entirely sane warrior and, in episodes to come, an army of killer angels to confront.
This month sees the publication of Strange the Dreamer , first in a duology. Taylor spoke with PW from her home in Portland, Ore. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? When I was a kid, books were always my favorite things. But what I called writing when I was in middle school was two things: crafting complicated worlds and crafting beautiful sentences. I loved language. I was fooling myself for a long time, world-building, noodling with language, but I was missing the crucial storytelling element.
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Additionally, the novella "Night of Cake and Puppets" was published in , focusing on the protagonist's best friend and taking place in the timeline of "Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The trilogy follows Karou, a seventeen-year-old art student living in Prague and concerns an ancient war between Seraphim and Chimaera in a parallel universe., Freaking amazing book.