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Days of Blood & Starlight Audiobook

Days of Blood & Starlight

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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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    Amazon Customer 02-19-13

    p.s. forever

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    "Buy the book instead"

    The audio version of this story was extremely hard for me to follow and "get into." I think it would have helped if I'd been able to read the beginning, and then listen from there. The performance was very good, though.

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    Kr 02-16-13
    Kr 02-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice Plot, Dumb Characters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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


    If you’ve listened to books by Laini Taylor before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did Days of Blood & Starlight inspire you to do anything?

    Find better book recommendations.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Melissa Bee 02-12-13
    Melissa Bee 02-12-13
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    "Sequel was a let down"

    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.

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    PageyWagey Pacifica, CA USA 02-09-13
    PageyWagey Pacifica, CA USA 02-09-13 Member Since 2014

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    "I had so been looking forward to this..."

    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.

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    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 02-09-13
    Jessica Houston, TX, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2016

    Reader, writer, teacher, consultant. I read mostly Young Adult and Genre Fiction, especially with a mix of literary style and commercial pacing.

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    "As good or better than the first book!"
    Would you listen to Days of Blood & Starlight again? Why?

    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".


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

    It would be a MAJOR spoiler to say, so I'll just say the whole interaction with Karou, Akiva, and Thiago.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kristanna United States 02-08-13
    Kristanna United States 02-08-13
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    "Impossibly better than Daughter Of Smoke And Bone"

    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!

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    Maribee7 Earth 02-06-13
    Maribee7 Earth 02-06-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very Nice Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, character's voices are close to my imagination


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character Depth, plot


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She makes characters seem as if jumping off page.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Michelle Mission Viejo, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Michelle Mission Viejo, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I LOVE this series!"

    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.

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    Edyta Bolingbrook, IL, United States 02-04-13
    Edyta Bolingbrook, IL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story Line"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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    Kimberly Cardiff, CA, United States 02-02-13
    Kimberly Cardiff, CA, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another good one"

    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.

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