Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor
Taylor in March 2018
Taylor in March 2018
Born (1971-12-22) December 22, 1971 (age 47)
Chico, California, US
GenreYoung adult fantasy
Notable works
Notable awards
SpouseJim Di Bartolo (2001–present)
  • Alex (older brother)
  • Emily (younger sister)


Laini Taylor (born December 22, 1971) is an American young adult fantasy author and a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature.[1] She is best known for the Karou or Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, whose third book appeared in 2014.

In 2017, Taylor's novel Strange the Dreamer was released. In February 2018, the novel was selected as a Michael L. Printz Honor Book.[2] The sequel to Strange the Dreamer, titled Muse of Nightmares, was released on October 2, 2018.


Taylor was born in Chico, California, grew up as a US military kid in Europe and California, and earned her English degree from UC Berkeley. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.[3] She always wanted to be a writer, but was 35 before she finished her first novel.[4]

In 2004 she wrote a graphic novel for Image Comics, illustrated by her husband Jim Di Bartolo.[5] Her first novel, Dreamdark: Blackbringer was published in 2007, the sequel for which was a winner of the 2009 Cybil Award.[6] However, she is best known for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone young adult fantasy series. The first book in the series was chosen by 🐨Amazon as the Best Teen Book of 2011,[7] and the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, was also on the list for 2012.[8] Joe Roth is attached as producer for a film project of the first book in the series.[9] In 2017 she published Strange the Dreamer followed by its sequel Muse of Nightmares in 2018, in which protagonist Lazlo Strange, a scribe and polyglot, journeys to the Lost City of Weep. Taylor created a unique language for this world, which she weaves into the plot.


Faeries of Dreamdark[edit]

  • Dreamdark: Blackbringer (2007)
  • Dreamdark: Silksinger (2009)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone[edit]

Strange the Dreamer[edit]

Graphic novels[edit]

  • The Drowned, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo (2004)



  1. ^ "Portland Writer Laini Taylor is National Book Award finalist". Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "PRINTZ HONOR!!!". Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Laini Taylor's Blog: About Laini". Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "5 Writing Tips from Laini Taylor". Publishers Weekly. November 16, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "This July, "The Drowned" surfaces from Image" (Press release). Comic Book Resources. April 13, 2004. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  6. ^ "The 2009 Cybils Winners". Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  7. ^ "Best Books of 2011: Young Adult". Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "Best Teen Books of 2012". Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Joe Roth to Produce Universal's 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone'". The Hollywood Reporter. December 18, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2013.

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