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True Story: Daughter of Smoke & Bone is here, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m going to set an astonishingly high bar here while simultaneously making a very bold claim: the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy ruined me for all other young adult fantasy. It is my favourite series in this genre and for this age group, and nothing has yet come close to the experience of getting goosebumps the first time I read the very first page, and Laini Taylor’s description of contemporary Prague.

*shivers*

And then there was the rest of it.

Brimstone, the Resurrectionist and Wishmonger, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

I’ve been skirting around drawing any monster-type things until now, and admittedly, while Brimstone is the first in the lineup, he was the last on my desk. Super intimidating to tackle the Chimaera, but honestly I think he’s my favourite character and the reason I was so nervous about him was that I desperately wanted to do the Wishmonger justice.

Brimstone, also known as The Resurrectionist, is holding a little jar of teeth.

Zuzana, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of Zuzana. Despite the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy being ten years old, I’ve never read Night of Cake and Puppets which features Zuzana and Mik. I’ve picked up my copy to read, but I’d kinda like to have bookmarks to accompany the title, so we’ll probably see Zuzana as a ballerina puppet sooner rather than later.

Akiva, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

I seem to produce quite a few characters with wings. Akiva is the third in the shop with angel wings. Others include Winged Crowley & Aziraphale (the “Ineffable Husbands” of Good Omens), and of course, Azriel, Cassian, and Rhysand from A Court of Thorn and Roses have bat wings.

Karou, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

I was thinking ahead when I chose to draw Karou with her hair up, her bun fixed in place with a set of pencils, and spattered in paint. (She’s an art student.) I know there’s going to be at least one other character with blue hair joining the collection at some point in the future, and I wanted Karou to be distinctive:

She’s tattooed, bearing her hamsas on either hand, and wearing a wishbone necklace (the same you see on Brimstone.) She also has two very tiny tattoos on either wrist that together read, “True Story.”

Karou & Akiva, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

I’m offering one magnetic bookmark set in this series, featuring Karou and Akiva. It’s not the last of this series, however, because this release also marks the first time we have an Epic Collection available that includes all four characters: Brimstone, Zuzana, Karou, and Akiva.

All four characters.

FOUR.

Yeah, that’s big.

All you need to do is choose whether you want them mini, or mega. 😉

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