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Days of Blood & Starlight | [Laini Taylor]

Days of Blood & Starlight

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.
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Publisher's Summary

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a "must read" by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and The New York Times called it "a breath-catching romantic fantasy."

©2012 Laini Taylor (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Paul United States 02-15-13
    Paul United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Gritty middle chapter"
    If you could sum up Days of Blood & Starlight in three words, what would they be?

    Forgiveness
    Hope
    Revenge

    Without giving anything away because the story is designed to go in blind and it's a LOT better that way, but Karou seeks forgivness, has and is Hope, and there is revenge exacted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Zuzanna and Mick are fantastic characters and are used in the right amount during the story.

    I think my favorite parts of this book were how the characters evolved and developed. From Karou and Akiva to the supporting cast, there was a lot of character building and it made everyone feel whole.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    She does an outstanding job giving each character a voice and using that voice to convey emotion. She uses her narration skills to bring the listener into the story and it helps us feel more like an observer than someone being read to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, there's a few parts that are slower paced and while it's not a struggle to listen to, it does provide good stopping points. I find that to be a good thing, it lets us the listener catch a breath and prepare for what's next.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really waiting to see the conclusion to this story and hope it lives up to some high expectations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shauna Valentine, NE, United States 11-20-12
    Shauna Valentine, NE, United States 11-20-12
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    "Super Sequel"
    Would you listen to Days of Blood & Starlight again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Days of Blood & Starlight?

    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.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    She does a wonderful job with each individual character. She has such a presence through the whole story. Wonderful work!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-19-12
    Amanda Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Different, but Still Lovely"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Days of Blood & Starlight to and why?

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone, because it is its predecessor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really can't answer this. There were so many scenes that I loved that were painted beautifully by Laini Taylor


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolynn Cedar City, UT, United States 11-18-12
    Carolynn Cedar City, UT, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "New Fantasy continued!!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane St. George, UT, United States 11-16-12
    Diane St. George, UT, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.

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    "Laini Taylor's Story is Compelling"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eco-Emancipator Seattle, WA USA 11-12-12
    Eco-Emancipator Seattle, WA USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A worthy successor"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so great to be excited by a story again, and this series is pushing all my buttons. I just love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KALUWA MAITRE 07-15-14
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    "Left still with bated breath! Excellent Trilogy!"
    Where does Days of Blood & Starlight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This trilogy was my introduction to Audible and my my what a great intro it was!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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...


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya United States 07-10-14
    Tonya United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "5 Stars All Around!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Yeaw Hope, RI United States 06-23-14
    Kimberly Yeaw Hope, RI United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Would you listen to Days of Blood & Starlight again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to Days of Blood & Starlight. The speaker brought life to the characters and the story was enthralling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was too long, but whenever I has a free listening moment, I played the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vxdvxn 06-11-14
    vxdvxn 06-11-14 Member Since 2009

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "180 Degree Plot Turn"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Days of Blood & Starlight to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea. I haven't read the print version.

    What I can say is that this book is a complete switch from the first book. Now Karou has to face who and what she is. She has to figure out who the bad guys are and how to keep herself and her friends safe.


    What other book might you compare Days of Blood & Starlight to and why?

    The only thing even close is the first book. The Daughter of Smoke and Bones


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Karou


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I came close


    Any additional comments?

    This book rips at your heart a little bit. Karou feels betrayed, even though she needs to sit down and realize she really wasn't. You almost wish you could reach through the book and shake her to say "snap out of it." Toward the end she starts to buck up, but at times it gets a little tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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