“Well darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable / and lightness has a call that’s hard to hear”

Reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone and loving it so much I both want to read faster and am afraid of reading too fast. I have a suspicion this is going to go up there with Sarah Zettel’s Dust Girl as one of my favorites of the year.

Except Dust Girl isn’t due out until next year. Have I talked about Dust Girl yet? Maybe it’s too early to, but … I think I will sometime soon anyway. (Fairies. Dustbowl era. It totally works.)

But Daughter of Smoke and Bone is out right now, and if you love a good contemporary mythic story, you should stop reading this post right now and start reading that book instead. (Monsters who might or might not be demons. Seraphim who might or might not be angels. A girl raised by the former whose nature is unknown … and none of this does justice to the Story So Far at all.)


Inching into the final third of the current draft, with the vague sense that there are many Significant Story Elements yet to be uncovered. Sometimes I really do think I’m a tactile writer, working by feel in the dark, even though with stories very little can be touched in a literal way.


53350 / 50000 words. 107% done!

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