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.
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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.
I love to read but mainly have time to listen.
It is a fun fantasy series with a strong woman as the lead in the story. The love story and friendships developed thru the series are wonderful and several characters just make me laugh. I' ready for the next book.
City of Bones
Not at first. It started slow but once in to it, yes.
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I'm really enjoying this series. This book was much darker, less about the romance between Karou and Akiva and more about the the battle between their people. Karou's friends Zuzana and Mik adds some lightness to the story, but overall this is a pretty apocalyptic read. The added complexity made it a little harder to follow in audio form (although the narration is great), but I really liked the depth of the story and am interested to see how everything will be resolved in Dreams of Gods & Monsters.
Surprisingly enough, yes. I listened to the first book and fell in love with the narrator (especially as the voice of Zuzanna) and tried to read a signed hardback I got... I still 'heard' the narrator's voice in my head and just couldn't continue with just reading it in black and white. Although, the one down side... I still have next to no idea how to spell some of these funky names!
I like all the voices the narrator does- it really makes it easy to know who is speaking and following along with the story. The accents are lovely, and just the writing is so vivid with imagery. It's beautiful but almost frightening.
The near 'bladder tea' incident. Seems odd just saying that, but when you get there, you'll know. It was funny as all get-out. And there was another moment... all I can say is I was chanting "Die! Die!" and I am NOT generally a violent person. I was like a demented cheerleader.
It's DARK, it's emotional, it's sad, it's frustrating at times... it made me laugh, it made it tear up, it made me scream in frustration, and cheer on a murder. It's like a manic roller coaster ride, and I loved it.
My one issue... I was sick of the angels. Weird, right? But I was... all that background, I was getting bored a time or two.
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.
I wasn't sure if it was possible, but damn, this book was just as good or BETTER than the first book, Daughter of Smoke & Bone. The saga continues between the fight of Angels and Demons. Both sides are fighting really dirty, as a war of over 1000 years would be. At the end of the first book I was left completely broken hearted and didn't know where Laini Taylor would take this story. Oh a story she did indeed.
I must say again, the narrator is phenomenal. She had different unique voice for every character which made it much easier to listen to the story. It made the story more interesting, if possible.
I have to say, which I didn't before, I'm super impressed by the author, Laini Taylor. In her method of writing, she again is able to change points of view between characters, change tenses and it just FLOWS. She makes it seem so easy, but I know a lot of other authors would have had me totally confused. Like Quentin Tarantino directing Pulp Fiction, she writes a scene and the reader isn't sure what happened to have gotten there. Then she slowly fills in the blanks and never without twists, turns and surprises.
I'll try and stop my ranting now! Zuzana, Karou's best friend is still in this one. She plays a larger role in this one and we are able to hear her POV more often. She is still funny and witty as ever. I totally love her!
Karou has been through a lot. She's still processing everything that happened in book 1. And just like the first book, there is SO much that happens in this book. I believe it was longer than the first which is saying something, since I thought that one was long. It feels like an epic fantasy novel, so indepth, so many different things happening at once. I LOVED IT!!
Surprises, betrayal, heart break, are some of the feelings I went through in this book. Along with feelings of hurt, disgust, love and amazement. I was definitely talking out loud in certain scenes of this book, since it was the audiobook it was a lot of 'HELL YEAH' and 'That's RIGHT'.
The end of this book is still left open for the next book, but it gives me more HOPE then the ending of the last. Karou and Akiva are in a slight better position and I hope they continue to work on their relationship and continue fighting to end the war.
Days of Blood & Starlight is a magical book. Yes, it is a book that includes a magical world but it is more than that. Laini Taylor's writing surpasses that of most YA authors I've read and she has created a new world that is vividly alive. Combine that with memorable characters and for me, who has spent the past year powering through YA lit, it is one of the few books that really stands out from the rest. I love this book and enjoyed it more than the first one, if only because it didn't delve into all of the history and background that the first one did.This one had a strong plot that moved the characters I've come to care about along.
The writing is a little heavy-handed at times but with the amazing narration by Khristine Hvam, it flows by effortlessly, wrapping the listener into the different worlds. My favorite moments still are the ones between Karou and Zusana, and even Zusana and Mik. Who am I kidding, I want Zusana to be my best friend and be witty with a fun accent all the time. The levity that she brings to the story helps ground it at times as Zusana does for Karou.
This review is vague to avoid any spoilers. All I can say is that Akiva and Karou spend most of the book separated but it gives the reader more time to further appreciate what they're each going through. And all of that history in the last third of Daughter of Smoke of Bone that frustrated me turns out to be 100% essential and by tacking it on in the first book, it gives Days of Blood & Starlight the freedom to keep a good pace for the readers.
I enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone quite a bit, but I absolutely loved Days of Blood and Starlight. Can't wait for the third book to find out what happens next!
First, let me say Khristine Hvam does another amazing job reading this book. Second, this book was a bit of a let down after the tour de force of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I found Karou's weakness through much of this story infuriating to the point that I almost stopped listening. Zuzana's charming presence helped me stick with it to the end, though. Speaking of the end, the epilogue felt like a shortcut through what should have been an interesting chapter or two in itself. Lastly, I feel like I gotta warn you this story ends with the words "to be continued".