Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books
Death souls dream only off death. [...] Small dreams for small men; it is life that expands to fill worlds, life is your master or death is
Why I read this book?
This is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a book I really enjoyed last year. Thanks to a gift from Audible I was able to get this one right before finishing the first and continue the story of Karou and Akiva
What's the book about?
The book takes place mostly in Eretz, the world of the Chimaera and the Seraphim. After Karou has learnt that her family is dead she goes back here to find and join the rebel army and helps them in the only way she knows: taking Brimstone's place. On the other side of the story we have Akiva, trying to deal with guilt and emptiness while trying to explain his new point of view to his brother and sister.
The first thing I have to say is Oh boy do I like Khristine Hvam as a narrator!.I have no problem whatsoever following the story and her different characters voices are spot on.
Now, as for the story, I liked the jump between characters so we could see the story from several POV; the story starts on a grim tone, which is just normal considering how the last book ended. The descriptions of new chimaera were exiting and the images of Eretz in my head were very nicely painted.
I'm wondering if the third book is going to talk about more about the Far Isles and the Stelians. Since the world building was so interesting in this installment I can only imagine how this part of Eretz will be like.
I have to say I quite enjoyed this book. It was not love story oriented, we do not get to see a lot of interaction between the main characters at the beginning and this was a good thing, exploring cruder sides of both main characters and the interactions with their respective sides. You could feel the pain, both physical (sometimes a bit too much) and psychological that Karou feels while getting into her new life and you can start to understand both Hazael and Liraz.
Zuzana and Mik are my favorite couple in a long time. Not only because of her, being funny and witty, but their relationship is sweet and feels...real of some sorts, like how I remember my teenage relationships (minus the traveling without apparently any money problems, but ignore that) all adoring and all over each other. And they have sex! Most of the YA books I've read have people kissing and that's pretty much it. Is not like this is a romance YA novel, that is not the focus of the story obviously, but it is nice to see a YA couple enjoying their sexuality.
I have nothing but disgust for the characters of Joram and Jael, but I will not elaborate much on this point not to give away spoilers.
I think the fact that I like the most about this book and the series in particular is that although it has 2 main characters the story is not necessarily weaved solely around them. Showing side characters caught in the war gives a different perspective and it evolves into a book that touches war, politics slavery and racism in a heartfelt way. It is not a love story, albeit there is love between couples, friends, communities, but the story of two groups forced to remain at war by leaders that know nothing but war.
I am looking forward the third book and I will read the novella since, as I stated before, I am a Zuzana fan.
There is intimacy in pain. Anyone who has confronted it or suffered it knows how it
How much the world has changed and all the twists and turns weaved into the story.
Mick and Zuz lol, they are my favorite, But honestly the whole story was epic.
It definitely brought on emotions, and that was because of both the smooth telling by narrator and poetic writing by the author.
READ THIS SERIES!
The title says it all. I adored the first book in this series. The 2nd book started out depressing and it ended depressing. I had to force myself to finish listening, I kept thinking, finally, now something good will happen, but nope, one miserable disappointing plot development after another. If you like tragedies, this one is for you.
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.
Prefers the ocean to deserts, prefers laughter to tears, and will take a good story any day. Discovering a great story? Even better.
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".
Yes - if they have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this was a wonderful second installment of the series (trilogy?). I love the story and the twists.