Study Guide

Thiago in Daughter of Smoke & Bone

By Laini Taylor


Wolfman the Meanie

If Daughter of Smoke and Bone had a villain, it would have to be Thiago. Let's make a brief checklist of his villainous traits, shall we?

  • Name that sounds like "Iago", that other great villain? Check.
  • Hypocrisy? Thiago only wants "pure" babes even though he himself is not pure: "[Thiago] himself had been through many resurrections, and his hypocrisy was twofold--not only was he not "pure," he had not been born high-human" (50.10). This makes him a little more "frat boy" than "evil," but we're still going to say: check.
  • Borderline sexual assaulter? He rips Madrigal's dress in the name of "flirting." Check.
  • Violent selfishness? He orders Madrigal to be executed—and not resurrected—when he finds out she let Akiva snap her wishbone. So, yeah: check. That seals the deal as far as we're concerned.

We find it difficult to sympathize with Thiago, unlike Kazimir, who's a little pathetic. Sure, Thiago is a studly, furry, wolf beast, but he's no Jacob Black. This guy is egocentric and nasty. He basically represents everything that is wrong with the war between chimaera and seraphim: it's about getting what you want at any cost.

When Madrigal wonders if her people can be made to see the virtues of peace, she ponders, "'Some,' […] thinking of her comrades, friends. The White Wolf. 'Not all'" (56.78). Can Thiago be persuaded to join the side of peace? Or is violence the only answer when dealing with a man like this? We suppose we'll have to wait to find out if this guy's even in the sequel. Harumph.