Universal Nabs Young-Adult Novel ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’

The fantasy centers on a young girl who becomes embroiled in a fight between angels and devils

Last Updated: December 14, 2011 @ 10:50 AM

Universal Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to the young adult-fantasy novel "Daughter of Smoke & Bone," the studio announced Wednesday

The story by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor centers on a 17-year old art student who is raised by inhuman creatures. She eventually finds herself embroiled in a conflict between devils and angels.

The book was published this September by Little, Brown and is the first in a trilogy.  The second entry is set for next September.

In a release touting the acquisition, Universal said the book has been included on a number of "best of" lists, including Amazon's Top 10 Books of 2011, Publishers Weekly Best Books 2011, and a New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2011.

“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," Taylor said in a statement. "I’m over the moon.” 

Taylor is managed by her producing partner, Jane Putch of Eyebait Licensing & Management. Attorney Peter Nelson of Nelson David Wetzstein oversaw the acquisition.