Universal nabs Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Earlier this month we brought you word that Paramount was eyeing Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke and Bone", but today Universal has announced that they've picked it up instead.
The book was only published this September, the first of a planned trilogy, because fantasy novels can't be standalone anymore.
"My goal is always to write stories that readers will want to climb inside of and live in, and which – I hope – will allow them to just lose themselves in the page," said Laini Taylor in a press release. "It is a hugely thrilling prospect to think about Universal and filmmakers translating my world onscreen and giving it a second life in such a grand way. I'm over the moon."
"Daughter of Smoke & Bone" is available in over 25 countries and has amassed a fair amount of critical acclaim, appearing on everything from Amazon's top Ten Books of 2011 list and New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2011.
The second book will hit in September 2012, and you can bet that Universal is hoping it will be just as successful.
The synopsis of the first book-