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.
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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.
It is a wonderfully gripping and surprisingly moving adventure and romance! I can't wait to listen to the third book.
Love the 1st book, 2nd one was ok, kept it interesting enough to want to see what happens in the next book.
I rated the first book 5 stars all around but I took away one star all around for book 2 for the following reasons:
Book 1 was so intriguing, fascinating, exciting, and mysterious. It made me want to be Karou... what a fascinating and mysterious life she had! But then at the end you find out she's not actually Karou, but Madrigal, and that is when the fun mystery that has been so built up all comes crashing down- never to be picked back up again.
In book 2, I was mourning the loss of the exciting, young life of Karou as the whole tone of the story shifted and became dark, anguished, heavy and dry. The whole feel of book 1 that captivated me was gone and I missed it and it was never coming back. In addition to that, the mysterious characters- such as Brimstone, who I so longed to discover more of- were all dead!
The beautiful imagery that painted book 1 so lovely and made you want to be there was missing from this book. Left mostly to my own imagination, Eretz was vast and empty, without much detail by the way of landscape.
The story was really heavy and angsty, which got on my nerves. In my review of book 1, I had said I was relieved it wasn't full of angst, but book 2 more than made up for that with plenty of angst. However, once I accepted that this was now a new and different story with a totally different feel, I was able to enjoy the book for what it was, especially for the way it ended.
Finally, the reason I removed a star for the narrator is because she read this book in a strangely continuous manner. What I mean by that is the story frequently changes locations or perspectives from Madrigal to Karou to other characters, but the narrator transitions from one scene to another completely seamlessly, without even a pause, so if you aren't paying close attention, you may lose track of where you are.
Like I said, I was still able to enjoy and appreciate this book, but be prepared for a dramatic change to everything you loved about book 1.
This trilogy was my introduction to Audible and my my what a great intro it was!
Zirie was my favorite character amongst many others for his selflessness, bravery and kind, loving heart. But then there's Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Miq, Brimstone, Issa and so many characters that were so beautiful and special in their own way that it is really hard to appreciate just one...
The story was captivating from the beginning, moving seamlessly from one book to the next until the last one. As much as this was a fantasy genre, for a while you forget this is fiction because the writer writes with a fluidity, ease, descriptive depth, mastery and finesse, credibility and authority that captures you and makes you believe in the realness" of her world or should I say worlds. The intrigue was very intriguing, the plot development flawless and the characters believable. You move and are catapulted back to many emotions and feelings from sadness, joy, disbelief, excitement, anger, expectancy, suspense and so many more - all keeping you interested and begging for more. What i especially took from this literary opus was how perception affected one's ability for empathy and love... I won't talk about the story per say because i want the potential reader to discover it on their own without spoiling any moments but believe me you will not be disappointed. In nearing the end of book three i was between reading slower because i didn't want this journey to end but then being eager to finish just to see how the story ended!
I have read all three books and found after reading each one I could not wait for the next. I even feel like there should be a 4th book just to satisfy my addiction to every character in this book.
The narrator met all my expectations and she made each character come alive with their own voices and personality.