Study Guide

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Chapter 21

By Laini Taylor

Chapter 21

Hope Makes Its Own Magic

  • Flashback time. Karou thinks back to when she learned about the power of wishes.
  • Brimstone, even though he makes wishes, is not such a big fan of 'em. "I hope, child, but I don't wish. There's a difference" (21.21).
  • What is that difference, do you think?
  • Karou doesn't understand it. Even now, she doesn't understand the difference, as she kicks down the door to an isolated cabin in Idaho.
  • She's not after potatoes; she's after Bain.
  • "Abominably, he was shirtless, showing an abundance of loose white gut" (21.28).
  • How dare he be shirtless? There is no room for a shirtless non-gorgeous man in this book. He must die.
  • Karou doesn't kill him with body snarking, however; she presses a gun into his eyeball.
  • At such close range, she realizes that he's intertwined all his wish coins into his beard. She cuts them free, and pockets them.
  • He threatens her, "You piss off a hunter, you're gonna live like prey" (21.62).
  • Not quite, "You mess with the bull, you get the horns," but it'll do.
  • Karou leaves and finds that her cab is gone. Good thing she's got a gavriel, which can grant practically any wish...