The narration and characters are still top notch, but I didn't like the story as much in this sequel. Great imagery, but the action is lacking a bit. It does serve as a nice setup for book 3.
The descriptions of characters and places.
The first book was amazing so i bought the next two with great expectations. I didn't really enjoy like the first 40 chapters, because I found it difficult to remember all the names of everyone from all the realms, it took me a few chapters to really recall everything that had happened in the first book. Maybe I just took too long to ready the second one, but there were too many people to really remember all their roles and importance, especially from beast brain side. Karoo's side was alot easier to follow. The story carried along really well after that though. I found Zuzana's point of view very funny and refreshing. At the end I got the full picture of the love they share and the predicament ahead. Good Story.
Normally, when I get a book that has no text-to-speech and isn't lendable I give it fewer stars in the rating. But since I love this series so much that I would give it more than five stars for each book, you can only go down to the limit of five from above. Dar rationalization. I'm sticking to it! Besides, without the narration of Khristine Hvam, I think, this book would just be average. Who am I kidding? I think it would still be fantastic. Khristine Hvam is just the icing on the cake--but isn't that the best part?
Book two starts off immediately where book one left off. Good think I reread book one to understand that. The adventure continues with all the same players and a few new ones. I love that there are more points of view introduced in this book. Zuzana now has her own part to play as does her boyfriend, Mik. Their thoughts and histories add humor and wonder to a crazy world that Karou and Akiva already knew and showed us in book one. I love Zuzana so much. I love her sense of humor and excitement. I may love her more than the main character, Karou. But Mik is adorable, too. They add a lot to the story.
I want to write more, but book three is calling so loudly that I can't think of anything else to say. Please, give this series a chance, preferably with the narration. I think you may love it as much as I do. Now let me go bury myself in the next book. Bye!
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
There something so addictive about this series that I can't put the book down until I finish it .. this book was an excellent world builder for the coming book .. it was dragging at some of the chapters but overall it was enjoyable .. I hoped for more Akiva and Kaurou scenes but I guess I'll have to wait to see what happens next .. Zuzana I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU please be my friend and Mik .. If I ever meet you in real life I swear I will marry you in that instant, you are one of my favorite heroes <3 <3
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
First of all, may I just say isn’t this the most gorgeous cover art? I’m not certain who created them, but all three covers (four if you include the novella) in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series are simply stunning.
Days of Blood and Starlight is the second in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which is a contemporary fantasy based on the themes of Romeo and Juliet. We have the star-crossed lovers from different and opposing sides, faked death, boyfriend goes off the rails. This second instalment is based on the premise of “what if Juliet woke up from her fake death and found, not that Romeo had taken his own life, but that he’d killed all her family and friends?”
What I liked
The world. The world that Taylor has created is wonderfully rich and detailed. I loved reading about the chimaera and seraphim. We learn more about their world in this book.
The themes. The idea of star-crossed lovers is a timeless one. There is a reason that Romeo and Juliet is a classic, and Taylor has done a great job of interpreting that into modern fantasy. Add into this the theme of war and peace and you have a wonderful framework for a story.
The characters. It is very easy to become invested in Karou and Akiva and root for them. They are likeable, engaging and you feel for their plight. The supporting characters are also great. Zuzana and Mik add some much-needed levity to the story.
The writing style. Taylor’s writing style is poetic and lyrical and is beautiful to read. Go check it out.
The audio narration. Once again, Khristine Hvam did a wonderful job - I particularly enjoyed her interpretation of Zuze and Mik. I really should check out the Zuzana/Mik short story Night of Cake and Puppets also narrated by Hvam.
What I didn’t like
It has to be said, I didn’t enjoy Days of Blood and Starlight as much as Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I found it a little too… depressing. After the events of Daughter of Smoke and Bone neither of our protagonists are in a good place emotionally and when you add to that the escalation of the war between the chimaera and the seraphim it doesn’t make fun reading. Thank goodness for Zuze and Mik!
Because of this, I gave Days of Blood and Starlight three and a half stars out of five.
I have listened to the complete series twice through without a days pause. the language is fantastic, and the narrator is so on point, perfectly emoting at some profoundly emotional content. This is an adventure unlike any I've been on before, and I do very much feel like I was there. DON'T read these books- LISTEN to them.