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Laini Taylor is an American young adult fantasy author best known for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series.

Born in Chico, California, Laini grew up in Europe and California, being that she was a US military kid, and holds an English degree from UC Berkeley.

She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her illustrator husband, Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter.

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Genres: Fantasy / SF, Young Adult

Born: 1971

United States

Website: http://www.lainitaylor.com/

Non Series
  • The Drowned (2004)
  • Lips Touch: Three Times (2009)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (2011)
  2. Days of Blood & Starlight (2012)
  3. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (2014)
  4. Night of Cake and Puppets: A Daughter of Smoke and Bone Novella (2013)
Faeries of Dreamdark
  1. Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007)
  2. Dreamdark: Silksinger (2009)
Strange the Dreamer
  1. Strange the Dreamer (2017)
  2. Muse of Nightmares (2018)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Drowned

The year is 1800 in Paris.

Theophile swings in and out of madness as he rots in an asylum for five years, unaware of how he got there. He however breaks out one day after being convinced by unseen forces, returning home to the haunted Breton coast.

As he follows the scrappy memory back to the dark events of his childhood, Theophile is chased after by furious crows, drowned witches, a loved one long believed dead, a secret cabal of priests and a damaged orphan—each holding a secret with tales of supernatural vengeance.

This is a graphic novel illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo.

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-1582403793
Publisher: Image Comics
Lips Touch: Three Times

This book contains three tales of supernatural love, each based on a kiss that isn’t just an ordinary kiss, but rather an action with huge consequences for the kissers' souls:

Goblin Fruit: During Victorian times, goblin men used to tempt young girls with sumptuous fruits in exchange of their souls. But what does it take to tempt girls in the contemporary age?

Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell lock horns over the soul of a stunning English girl in India. Matters quickly escalate when the girl falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0545055864
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Karou’s sketchbooks are filled with monsters that may or may not exist. She speaks a number of languages, some of which are not human, and is susceptible to disappearing on mysterious "errands". Bright blue hair also grows out of her head.

Who is she? That is a question that has for the longest time haunted her, one that she is about to find the answer to.

A spark is formed when the gorgeous and haunted Akiva sees her in an alley in Marrakesh.

Will Karou regret discovering the truth about herself?

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0316133999
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Days of Blood & Starlight

“An angel and a devil fell in love once upon a time. They even dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This however is not that world.”

Karou, an art student and monster's apprentice, finally knows who and what she is.

The knowledge was however accompanied with a bitter truth, one that she would give anything to undo. She gave her heart to the enemy and he stabbed her in the back—and a world suffered for it.

As Karou and her allies assemble a huge army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva is on battle for redemption.

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0316133982
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Two worlds are on the verge of a brutal war. Karou now commands control of the chimaera's rebellion, determined to steer its course away from dead-end vengeance.

When the merciless angel emperor however brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are forced to form a temporary alliance to defeat a mutual foe.

Although the union is nowhere near what they dreamed of long ago, they still hope that it will forge a way forward for their people, and hopefully for themselves.

But with immense danger drawing closer, will Karou and Akiva be strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0316134040
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Night of Cake and Puppets: A Daughter of Smoke and Bone Novella

Zuzana may be petite, but she isn’t known for her lack of courage.

Karou, her best friend, calls her "rabid fairy" and her "voodoo eyes" are rumored to freeze blood. Even her older brother fears her wrath.

When it however comes to talking to Mik, or "Violin Boy," Zuzana becomes as timid as can be.

But she has had enough!

Resolved to make the first move, she equips herself with a fistful of magic and a plan. It's an incredible treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague before guiding him to the treasure: herself!

And Violin Boy won’t see it coming.

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0316513975
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Faeries of Dreamdark

Dreamdark: Blackbringer

Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, is unlike other faeries.

Whereas her kind live in the isolation of the deep woods of Dreamdark, Magpie has followed the path of her hero, hunting down and recapturing demons that have escaped from their ancient bottles, just like the legendary Bellatrix did 25,000 years ago.

In the company of her loyal gang of crows, she has devoted her life to fighting where others wouldn’t dare to set foot.

Magpie however has her work cut out after a demon breaks out of a bottle sealed by the ancient Djinn King—the creator of the world.

Can one faerie conquer the incomprehensible darkness of the Blackbringer?

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0142411681
Publisher: Firebird
Dreamdark: Silksinger

“The last surviving faerie of her clan must fight in order to fulfill her sacred destiny.”

Whisper Silksinger is the sole surviving member of the secret guardians of the Azazel, one of the powerful Djinn who dreamed the world into existence.

Continuously hunted by bloodthirsty devils, she runs away to the city of Nazneen to restore the Azazel to his temple.

Meanwhile, Hirik Mothmage is likewise on a secret mission to find the Azazel and restore the ancient honor of his disgraced clan.

Magpie Windwitch, first champion of the new age of faeries, is also on a relentless mission to rescue Whisper and the Azazel before they fall into the wrong hands.

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0399246319
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer

Lazlo Strange, a war orphan and junior librarian, has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep ever since he was just five years old.

When a once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself in the form of the Godslayer and a group of legendary warriors, Lazlo knows he has to grab the chance with both hands lest he lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two centuries ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? Who is the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo's dreams?

It’s the dream that chooses the dreamer, not the other way around…

And for Lazlo, all the answers are in Weep.

Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0316341677
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Muse of Nightmares

Neither Lazlo nor Sarai is the same after disaster strikes. One is a god while the other a ghost.

As they struggle to come to terms with the limit of their new selves, the sinister Minya holds them hostage, determined to inflict vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo has a tough decision to make: rescue the woman he loves or save everyone else?

Sarai has never felt this helpless. But sometimes, it takes such moments for one to discover their true potential.

And for Sarai, the muse of nightmares, she has yet to learn of her true abilities.
Author: Laini Taylor
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0316341691
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers