I can't recommend this to a friend.
I enjoy the world that Laini Taylor builds, but the characters who inhabit it are not intelligent enough for me to enjoy. No characters exhibit any type of strategy or forward thinking. There are a lot of whiny monologues from Karou, which I assume is supposed to show some type of strength, but it just comes off as immature. There's no character growth in any of the main leads and I found myself not caring as the story went on. This made it harder to suspend disbelief.
I can see why people like the story-- the premise has nice epic feel to it. But the execution did not live up to its potential
I actually liked this book better than the first book in the series because it dotes less on that sappy love story and more on the world around the characters... But some of the plot devices felt a little cheap.
I enjoy her range of voices. Her "Brimstone" voice is great. But her Karou voice is a little nasally and whiny... Which I guess makes sense, because that's how the character is written.
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Again, there's too much adult content for YA Lit. No, the author doesn't use explicit language, but I don't see how the sex is necessary to the story. It's clear that she's writing for adults under the guise of YA, which, once again, seems cheap. If you want to write a fantasy novel for adults, then write the type of character growth and plot that adults want to read. Don't slap a YA Lit label on it just to be held to a lower standard.
This was a disappointment, considering how much I loved the first book, Daughter Of Smoke and Bone. The plot felt stagnant and there were no big revelations or unique twists that surfaced regularly as in the first. Karou is vulnerable, broken and easily manipulated-quite different from the strong, defiant character she once was. I was unable to finish listening to this book because I became distracted, even bored and it wasn't motivating me whatsoever to work out on the treadmill. I do plan on getting the book from the library so that I can skim the last few chapters. While the story was a big let down, the narrarator -as she was with the first book- was superb.
After reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone and, frankly, LOVING the blend of paranormal, fantasy, thriller, and romance, I was waiting impatiently for the second installment of the story of Karou and Akiva. This story, though, was so dark, so heavy, and frankly, so boring, that it was hard for me to get through. (Spoiler alert!) So many of the characters from the 1st book have been murdered and Karou and Akiva are (truly!) in separate worlds, so it is basically a story of genocide. I felt that Khristine Hvam did a great job narrating, but I had to force myself to get through the book. The final 1/4 of the book picked up a bit and I started to feel like the plot was moving forward and that there might be some kind of hope, some possible reconciliation for some of the characters, but I am not so sure that I will be around for the 3rd book. We'll see.
Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.
I will definitely listen to it again! The story is so compelling, and the writing is gorgeous. Laini Taylor has become one of my favorite authors. This book is a little harder to read because the focus has shifted to the points of view of many characters and in multiple locations, but it's handled really well. I also feel like Laini did a fantastic job of showing just enough brutality to be realistic in a war-torn setting without being gratuitous or over the top. Her world-building is fantastic- I really felt a sense of every location and could close my eyes and picture each scene, especially in the "sandcastle".
It would be a MAJOR spoiler to say, so I'll just say the whole interaction with Karou, Akiva, and Thiago.
I haven't listened to the first book yet (read the hardcover) but for DoBaS I started with the audio and I'm so glad I did. Khristine really brought out the nuances and subtext for me, as well as the humor of Zuzana and Mick.
Again, don't want to spoil, but the scene where Ziri has to make a decision that Karou doesn't want him to make. My heart felt ripped in two at that point.
Read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and you'll fall in love with Akiva and Karou. Read Days of Blood and Starlight, and you'll fall in love with everyone who matters to them.
I didn't think this book could get any better than the first book, I can happily say I was proved wrong. It was amazing!! The characters, their world, the plot line, they all really flesh out in this book. Enjoyable from the first word, until the very last. I can not wait until the third book is released!
Yes, character's voices are close to my imagination
Character Depth, plot
She makes characters seem as if jumping off page.
No, but not even finished with listen. Had to write this. Almost, almost as well narrated as Davina Porter, and Outlander series, which is Gold Standard.
Great Listen; I was kind of leery after buying and returning Kim Harrison, Dead Witch Walking (did not like narration), but pleasantly suprised. And money not lost with Audible's return policy.
After reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I couldn't wait to read Days of Blood and Starlight. Now, I want to go find Laini Taylor and tell her not to do anything else until she finishes the next book! The reader does a great job with the accents.
I have to say this is a very interesting story line. Different then what I thought it would be but Good! The person that read it was very good.. made the story even more interesting and separated the characters well. I would recommend it!
While karou's naïveté gets a little annoying, overall this was another captivating story. I was especially impressed with the story as a second book. Didn't feel like a "middle" and had a well- conceived plot.
This novel was like two books. The first half was a little hard to follow, contained too many characters, very dark, slow and not all that interesting. It seemed like part of a different series. I listened to it on audio book, so I thought maybe that was the reason, but I LOVED the second half. The second half had all the same qualities of the first book - engrossing, fast paced, intriguing, etc. I would have given the book 4 or 5 stars if the entire book read like the second half.