Daughter of Smoke & Bone is in many ways beautifully written. We are given wit, love-linked souls, a world of monsters at war, and a unique system of magic. Taylor evokes gorgeous and imaginative imagery, but seemingly does so at expense to the characters. Everyone in this book, main characters included, seem like brightly decorated two dimensional renderings or incomplete sketches. Karou has blue hair and makes art, Akiva is an angel with some resentment issues, their associates are placeholders of people to give them interaction, and in the end they are all just animated parts of the scenery. An ultimately enjoyable quick surface read, but left me wanting more depth.