Here it is, the final UK cover for Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Isn't it gorgeous?! I wasn't expecting a total change, on top of which a false cover had popped up on my google alerts that threw me, and then there was this. Yay! I love that there ended up being this cohesiveness between the US & UK covers: though they're so different, they share the feather motif and color scheme and look related. Cool!
And here is the back of the book, which I lurve, blurb and Prague and all:
Thank you Hodder! I love it!
Now, back to the US. Daughter has gotten its second trade review and it's another star!!! Yippee!! It's from KIRKUS REVIEWS, and it's wonderful, if a tad spoily, so if you don't want to risk spoilers, skip to the bolded line at the end and rejoice with me :-)
A love thought lost proves anything but when another world’s 1,000-year war spills over into this one.
Seventeen-year-old Karou leads a double life: as an art student in Prague with normal boyfriend troubles—and as a runner of bizarre errands for Brimstone, a scarred and saturnine sorcerer with the head of a ram and the lower body of a dragon. With similarly chimerical associates, he has raised her from infancy and dispatches her through magic portals to destinations all over the world. She knows nothing of her past or purpose—until a sudden, fiery closure of all the portals cuts her off from the only family she’s ever known, and an initially violent but ultimately “sweet and beckoning collision” with winged, inhumanly beautiful Akiva leads to revelations of an ancient conflict between Seraphim and the supposedly bestial Chimaera. Switching points of view and settings, Taylor then fills in a back story that links Akiva and Karou in an older tragedy, while planting seeds that might lead ultimately to peace. The plot hinges on major contrivances, but along with writing in such heightened language that even casual banter often comes off as wildly funny, the author crafts a fierce heroine with bright-blue hair, tattoos, martial skills, a growing attachment to a preternaturally hunky but not entirely sane warrior and, in episodes to come, an army of killer angels to confront.
Rarely—perhaps not since the author’s own Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007)—does a series kick off so deliciously. (Fantasy. 13-16)
I have had a place in my heart for Kirkus ever since their review of Blackbringer, so this is especially lovely. Thank you Kirkus!