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If you are looking for ethereal worlds, fabulism and a touch of romance, I recommend some books by Laini Taylor for your collection.
Her young adult series Daughter of Smoke & Bone is now celebrating its tenth anniversary. What could be better than getting to know Laini’s stories?
When asked how she feels about the novels celebrating an anniversary, Laini Taylor said, “The publishing journey with this trilogy… has been extraordinary, and has fulfilled all of my wildest writing dreams with the many wonderful forms readers are engaging with and exceeded took the opportunity to travel and meet fans across the country and around the world. “
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Here is your chance to travel to some beautiful worlds with characters you will love when you follow this suggested reading path to Laini’s books.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
In this tale of magic and intrigue, black handprints appear on doors all over the world, made by winged strangers who have sneaked through a slit in the sky. In a dark shop, the supply of a devil’s human teeth has run out. And in Prague a young art student is on the brink of a brutal otherworldly war.
Karou fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; It tends to disappear on mysterious “errands”. She speaks many languages and not all people. and her light blue hair actually grows out of her head in that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she is about to find out. But is she ready to find out the truth about herself?
This book, along with the sequels Dreams of Gods & Monsters and Days of Blood & Starlight, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with beautiful new covers by Berlin-based artist Jelena Kevic Djurdjevicand and a box set. You will definitely be tempted to read the rest of the way after exploring the quirky world in this first novel in the series.
Night of Cakes & Dolls by Laini Taylor
Based on characters only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone novels, here we meet Zuzana, not known for her shyness. Her best friend Karou calls her the “rabid fairy,” and even her older brother fears her anger.
However, when it comes to just talking to Mik or “Violin Boy” your courage fades. Now, Zuzana is determined to take the first step, and she has a handful of magic and a plan. It is a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt according to a plan that takes Mik across Prague on a cold winter night before he leads to the treasure that is herself. How will it end? You have to read to find out, and it is a completely entertaining book.
This romantic tale will make you pass out and even giggle at times, and the magic is on point, perfect for fans of stories as unique as they are touching.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
In a world where the dream chooses the dreamer and not the other way around, Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream was badly chosen. He had been obsessed with the mythical lost city of Weep since he was only five years old, but it would take someone braver than him to cross half the world.
He has a breathtaking opportunity in the form of a hero named Godslayer and a gang of legendary warriors. But to make the visit and the opportunity possible, he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
Yet there are many secrets about what happened in Weep 200 years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world, and who is the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams? Lazlo is about to dive into a world he could never have imagined.
This novel will excite you to include the second in the duology, Muse of Nightmares, for a sequel to that universe.
While these books will get you very excited entering Laini’s worlds, I also recommend Blackbringer, Book 1 of The Dreamdark World, and Lips Touch: Three Times.
Have you read these tips or are you planning to buy them soon? What is your favorite Laini Taylor story after reading her novels? Let us know on Twitter at @BookRiot and let me know at @AuroraMiami too.