This novel surprised me. I didn't expect to be so enthralled. Nor did I expect to whisper time and time again, "Oh, how perfect". Unexpected twists and turns. Brilliant characters and visualizations. Poetic prose without sap (mostly). I thoroughly enjoyed the artful unfolding of the story. Laini Taylor is not only a talented writer, but truly an imaginative one. I've been reading too many violent books lately. Daughter of Smoke and Bone lifted the dankness from all the gore I've been wading in. Feels like a bit of sunshine has been let into the room. Not to say the story lacked action or violence or bloodshed - plenty action and fighting filled the pages, but those scenes unfolded with "Non Nobis Domine" playing in the background. For me, at least. So, this review is short and sweet. I loved the book and think many others will enjoy it as well.