It’s the first Monday of the month and we’re back with Author Addiction! This is a monthly feature here on Of Dragons and Hearts and on A Fool’s Ingenuity, Becky’s wonderful blog. You can also check out my previous editions with Victoria (V. E.) Schwab, Sarah J. Maas, and Jennifer L. Armentrout.
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I first heard of Laini Taylor when her book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, was offered to me for translation. I work as a freelance translator and this was my first “high-profile” book – I read it and fell in love. I was so glad I got to work on a book so magical, you have no idea what a difference loving a book makes (imagine re-reading a book you don’t particularly like at least five times…).
Daughter of Smoke and Bone made an impression on me because of the wonderful writing and very, very loveable characters. I hurt and marveled right along with Karou and I could feel the world Laini Taylor built. Her prose is so rich and beautiful!
I continued to work on the series – the first series I translated in its entirety! – and I enjoyed it immensely. Laini was even nice enough to answer my question when I hit a translation problem (something to do with the genders of Thiago’s lieutenants, if I remember correctly). Days of Blood and Starlight picked up the story of book one with more depth and darkness and Dreams of Gods and Monsters was an epic – if somewhat too-colourful – conclusion (you can see my review here).
If you’re new to Laini’s work, this series is where I’d start. It’s a gorgeous YA fantasy and you’ll love it.
But! I also read her collection of three tales, Lips Touch: Three Times, and I liked it very much. I don’t read short stories or novellas very often because I like longer reads (I adore series), and these three stories left me wanting more – I wanted to follow the characters and see what happened to them. Oh, well. (I have the other edition of this book but this new cover is so pretty!)
She also has a middle-grade series (or is it just two parts?) called Dreamdark, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Someday, I hope!
Laini’s been hinting at a new project for several months now and I can’t wait for it to be revealed! I think it’s some sort of historical – and probably fantasy – novel but we’ll see! :)
Have you read any of her novels? What did you think?
Which author would you recommend to someone who loved her stories?
I’d love to hear from you! :)
Join us next month as we fangirl – or fanboy – over Sarah MacLean, one of my favourite romance writers! And don’t forget to check out Becky‘s post!