Last week, I listed Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the third book of Laini Taylor's acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone as my pick for Waiting on Wednesday. Today on her blog, Laini dropped the bomb that this past spring, she took a short break from Dreams and wrote a DoS&B novella entitled "Night of Cake and Puppets," which tells the complete tale of Zuze & Mik's meeting. *drops jaw* Why have there not been more of these novellas from this series? There are SO MANY potential short stories from this world. I have to say, I'm really glad, though, that it's about Mik & Zuze because the angels and the chimera have a lot of stories already. Let's hear it for the humans! Here's the cover:
"Night of Cake and Puppets"
a Daughter of Smoke & Bone novella
by Laini Taylor
November 26, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
In Night of Cake & Puppets, Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy—the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Told in alternating perspectives, it’s the perfect love story for fans of the series and new readers alike. Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her “rabid fairy,” her “voodoo eyes” are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or “Violin Boy,” her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to meet him, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before finally leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy’s not going to know what hit him.
What do you think? Will you be picking up this sure-to-be-delightful novella? I know I will! My thoughts: