Study Guide

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Chapter 56

By Laini Taylor

Chapter 56

The Invention of Living

  • When Madrigal takes off Akiva's mask, he looks just like Ricky Gervais.
  • Oh, wait, no, that's The Invention of Lying, not "the invention of living." Honest mistake.
  • Now it's Akiva's turn to tell Madrigal his people's origin story: the seraphim came from light and the chimaera came from "a hideous shadow" (56.8).
  • Funny how each story makes the race who tells it out to be the superior one, huh?
  • Together, Akiva and Madrigal decide to make a new, happier myth.
  • They think of a planet that "had never known war. […] It had earth and water, air and fire, all four elements, but it was missing the last element. Love" (56.19).
  • Basically, they stole the plot of the Captain Planet cartoon.
  • Real original, guys.
  • Madrigal then shares the lore of the wishbone, which she wears around her neck, with Akiva.
  • They make a wish, and break it.
  • It breaks exactly in half.
  • "Maybe it means we wished for the same thing" (56.52), one of them says.
  • Madrigal's wish was to see Akiva again. But we don't get to hear what his wish is.
  • Madrigal gets her wish; she does see him again, and they carry on a secret affair.
  • Each time they get together, they break a wishbone.
  • But their wishes start to change. Now they wish for a way to change the world into one where they can peacefully co-exist.
  • Is it too much to ask to be able to be with your lover without being executed?