It began with the breathtaking Daughter of Smoke and bone... This November, the story continues in the astounding sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living - one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers' arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon's secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel - a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
©2012 Laini Taylor (P)2012 Hachette Audio
“Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world in this grim sequel to her masterful Daughter of Smoke and Bone . . . Taylor's dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction” (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
“For once the frenzy over a teen novel is justified. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is one of those books that blots out reality, so consumed do you become in its fantasy world of chimeras and angels . . . inevitably there is an epic romance but Taylor is a talented writer; this is aeons apart from the usual angels and werewolves dross.” (Sunday Telegraph)
“'Daugther of Smoke and Bone is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment.”
"WOW. I wish I had written this book." (Patrick Rothfuss)
"'You don't want this book to end . . . it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night-addictive." (Easy Living)
"Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one." (Stylist)
"A pacy and inventive tale of a girl with an unknown past and supernatural friends . . . Mesmerising." (Marie Claire)
Difficult question! This book is harsh, brutal and heartbreaking. Very little distracts from the emotional (awful) journeys each character goes through but WOW is it beautifully written, I was enraptured, caught up, taken with and subsequently smashed along with each person. I loved it but it was draining!
Take care, and make sure you are up for some of the tough topics of reincarnation, rape, torture, slaughter, hangings and many many more emotionally brutal relationship orientated interactions. It is a sharper version of the first book, I will definitely be reading the third and revisiting this one, it is a mindset shifter.
Days of Blood and Starlight is the second book in a trilogy and follows the events of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
After Karou has found out about her past life and that Akiva is responsible for the demise of her own race, the chimaera, Karou decided to leave Akiva. Now she is allied with the chimaera rebells and helps them by resurrecting their fallen. Meanwhile Akiva thinks that Karou is dead and plans his own rebellion against his father. In Prague, Zuzana is worried about her friend and tries to decipher an email sent by Karou that might help her find her friend.
I had some more troubles getting into this volume than I had with the first book. The book only grapped me once I had listened to about a third of it; but then it enfolded its whole charme and proved to be just as good as the first volume.
It is more than just a fantasy book or a romance novel. It is an intricately woven story of two worlds, two leaders bent on war and cruelty and a few people trying to bring peace to their world. It is a story about hate and politics, but it is also a story about friendship.
The unabridged audiobook is narrated again by Khristine Hvam, who already narrated the first book. I fell in love with her way of narrating in the first book and enoyed her interpretation of this second book just as much. She has a wonderful voice and I particularly liked how she gave life to Karou's friend Zuzana (whom I find a great character).
"Absolutely can't get enough of these books."
I love everything about these books. The first one was like pulling a Christmas cracker expecting a rubbishy keyring inside and getting a Tiffany's diamond, and whats better is that this one is on the same par. The characterization is interesting, and not whitewashed. This is a book for the young people of today. There is sexuality, without the need for the parading of sex on every page. There is emotional turmoil yet there is a light side, the relationship between Karou and Suz is very well written, and it brings relief to the potential for darkness in this book. I also find the very basic idea of the Angels and Demons tale fascinating.
Its aiming for the same market as Twilight, but it is load, a thousand times better.
I like Issa. She is a serpent goddess with a hissing voice. Khristine Hvam has become one of my favourite female narrators, she is particularly skillful at giving each voice an individual quality, which is very hard. Her repertoire of voices is phenomenal .
It is too long to listen to in one sitting, but I have taken this on a long car journey and it saved my sanity in a traffic jam.
Long-awaited second chapter in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and well worth it. I read the book myself before listening to the audio version and thoroughly enjoyed it all over again - excellent characterisation and story-telling and beautifully read.
"Very exciting book"
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes an unusual and exciting fantasy story with all the fun and adventure that is so typical about such. At first I found it strange that the story is half way in the real world and half way in a fantasy one, but it soon become an advantage to the story and I really enjoyed every minute of it.
All I love in a story is there: action, adventure, romance. Romance is very much in the centre of this story so it may not be suitable for people without a taste for romance, but I do believe all fantasy lovers could enjoy this one.
All the moments of drama..
This is a seamless sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bones and not all all predictable..
If you listened to Daughter Smoke and Bones recently them go straight into this one, otherwise I recommend revisiting it so that the storyline is fresh in your mind, as it will help make the characters come alive.
"angels and devils"
Book two in a trilogy.The story is meant for teenagers/young adults but im 55 and loved the book as much as i did the first one!If you like harry potter and such, youll love this..Will the love between caru and akiva survive the war between their two races...ooooh i wonder? the nxt book is still in the pipe line cant wait to find out what happens! Nicely narrated too.
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