Brimstone’s advice to Karou

I’m re-reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight, a great fantasy series by Laini Taylor in anticipation of the third book, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, coming out in a few weeks. I remembered in the first book there being a delightful passage about penises. Hehe, penises. I found it this morning while listening to the audiobook.

Brimstone, a sort of father figure to the blue-haired main character Karou is giving her advice about boys. Here it is in all it’s hilarity and, yes, sincerity:

“I don’t know many rules to live by,’ he’d said. ‘But here’s one. It’s simple. Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles–drug or tattoo–and…no inessential penises either.’

‘Inessential penises?’ Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. ‘Is there any such thing as an essential one?’

‘When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,’ he’d replied.”

Rules to live by, folks.

Seriously, this is a great serious: atmospheric, dreamy, scary, sad, magical, angels, devils, puppets, sassy best friends, Prague. All the things you want in a good fantasy series.

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