I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Without giving anything away because the story is designed to go in blind and it's a LOT better that way, but Karou seeks forgivness, has and is Hope, and there is revenge exacted.
Zuzanna and Mick are fantastic characters and are used in the right amount during the story.
I think my favorite parts of this book were how the characters evolved and developed. From Karou and Akiva to the supporting cast, there was a lot of character building and it made everyone feel whole.
She does an outstanding job giving each character a voice and using that voice to convey emotion. She uses her narration skills to bring the listener into the story and it helps us feel more like an observer than someone being read to.
No, there's a few parts that are slower paced and while it's not a struggle to listen to, it does provide good stopping points. I find that to be a good thing, it lets us the listener catch a breath and prepare for what's next.
I'm really waiting to see the conclusion to this story and hope it lives up to some high expectations.
YES!!! I spent every spare minute I had listening to it and I am jonesing to listen to it again to catch details I missed in the first listen. I loved the story and fantasy of the story. It was really one of those books that took me to a different world. I felt like I was right there with Karou through the whole book.
It's hard to choose just one. I think that some of the best were the parallel desires of Karou and Akiva, even though they were rarely together. I don't want to give anything away for people whom haven't got to listen/read yet.
She does a wonderful job with each individual character. She has such a presence through the whole story. Wonderful work!!
Yes I did. I went through many emotions throughout the whole book and I attribute that not only to the great writing of Taylor but also the narration of Hvam. I was able to feel each characters own feelings throughout.
It is a great read/listen and I recommended it to several of my students. They also loved it. It was a great sequel that strays from the typical sequel blues. It was full of surprises, twists and turns. I had to force myself to stop listening when I had things that I had to do but it was turned right back on as soon as I could. Many late nights were spent listening because I could not stop.
Yes. Although it is a complete 180 from the first book in the series, I still feel in love with the story, the prose, and the characters.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because it is its predecessor.
I really can't answer this. There were so many scenes that I loved that were painted beautifully by Laini Taylor
Yes, I did. I could not stop listening to it--I brought my phone with me everywhere until I was finished. I laughed and cried. And, after I finished listening to it, I couldn't stop smiling dumbly at nothing for a few minutes.
Like others, I was worried this would turn into another fantasy love book completely centered and concentrated on Karou and Akiva's relationship. But, I loved the world and Taylor's writing, so I picked this one up to listen. Although I expect there are many who would be disappointed, their relationship isn't the forefront of this book--the war between seraphs and chimaera is. And, I loved that. This book is much darker and has much more violent themes in the book. The first book was whimsical, light, and fun, with a hint of the dark side of things under the surface. In the second book, that dark side comes through at full throttle. We see more character development of our old, loved characters without them losing themselves completely from the first book, and we meet new characters. I loved it, and I would recommend it to anyone. I can't wait for the third!
The second book to the series is NOT a disappointment. The story continues with Karou, and her friends.
Laini Taylor continues with her excellent writing style. She is able to create a story that not only allows us to listen to it's easy flow, but experience the many emotions of Karou's and her friends. The fear, loss, desire, joy, to mention only a few of the emotions.
Again, I recommend this series to all fantasy listener.
I didn't like it quite as much as the first book, but that's only to be expected with the second book in a series. Lots of awful stuff happens. The villains are established as even more evil than before. The lovers are separated by oceans of complications and emotional debris that has to be worked though before they can find common ground where forgiveness might be possible. Through it all, there is hope. I can't wait for the next book. Laini Taylor an incredible writer and this story is compelling!
Yes! I joined Audible so that I would have something to listen to on my commute, but I've been listening to Days of Blood and Starlight every chance I get--not just in the car.
It's so great to be excited by a story again, and this series is pushing all my buttons. I just love it.
First, the narration is amazing. Khristine Hvam breathes life into every sentence. Listening to her is like listening to a great story teller - not like listening to a reader. I bet she's fantastic around a campfire. But even her skill can't make up for the incredibly slow pacing of this sequel - clearly intended to bridge to a trilogy. Every scene is stretched and over described. Every character thought and feeling expanded upon. In the spirit of this, the plot moves "achingly forward" as the write falls in love with the possibility at wringing another hyperbolic emotion from the scene. Every major scene felt like those jokey stage actors who take forever to die because they don't want to give up the limelight. Yes, the descriptions are lovely. But somewhere around Chapter 24 I found myself rolling my eyes at yet another request to sympathize with Charou's pain, horror, sadness, guilt when I knew at the end of it she was just going to do something half-effective. I know, she's supposed to be only 17, but still. The character has so much potential, she's got magic and martial arts skills, can fly and carries memories of a soldier's life. But she never sees even one move ahead of her opponents, never fails to be consumed by feeling when logic should prevail and, honestly, I no longer understand what Akiva sees in her. He remains the better character, more clearly driven by moral choices and thoughtful sacrifice, if no less tragic. Ms. Taylor, as you write the third book in this series, please consider giving Charou more admirable qualities. Aren't there enough beautiful, hapless, ridiculous heroines being saved by men for no other apparent reason than their beauty? If this were a real soap opera some other woman would have slapped some sense into Charou by now. My money says Zuzana would, if you let her. Although I am looking forward to meeting the Queen - will it be Akiva's mother? If you liked the first book you will probably like this one too. Just be prepared for it to take a long long time to not go vary far.
This is a very, very dark sequel to "Daughter of Smoke and Bone." It is also a great second in a trilogy, something which is difficult to do. Taylor's world-building is unique and visionary. The characters are rich and complex. I do not want to go too much into detail, but I highly recommend this entire series.
I love this series so much it's a series that I can reread over million times and still get drawn in by the emotion and action of the story and the narrator does a wonderful job interpretating it all it's a story that will live on for Generations