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."
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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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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!
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Yes, character's voices are close to my imagination
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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.
Again, the narration by Khristine Hvam, was absolutely excellent. Her inflection and character voices are absolutely amazing. I have zero negative comments when it comes to the audio portion of this book.
I had been apprehensive to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone but ended up truly loving it and was excited to continue on with the series. However, as much as I hate to say this...Days of Blood and Starlight did not live up to book one.
The writing is still beautiful and poetic, Taylor writes with a style so rarely found. It's musical and mesmerizing. I can't fault the writing style for my unease over this book.
It was the story itself that fell flat for me. It is not a short book by any stretch and there is an enormous amount of detail written in. Yet, the story did not progress as much as I had hoped for.
Karou falls into a huge responsibility. She is the only one with the knowledge of resurrection and it falls on her shoulders to re-create a Chimera army. She is a constant state of fear, longing, confusion and pain. She has no one to trust or confide in and wakes in torment over dreams of Akiva.
Akiva, on the other hand, has direction and purpose. He's determined to find a way to bolster the dreams he once shared with Madrigal and found an army and life of his own. Though he too is tortured by the thoughts, memories and beliefs he has of Karou.
“I am one of billions. I am stardust gathered fleetingly into form. I will be ungathered. The stardust will go on to be other things someday and I will be free.”
The story bounces from place to place and person to person, some of who I still don't fully understand their placement in the story. There was just too much extraneous content and that is where my issue lies.
I love the world that Taylor has created and the characters within it. They are both truly masterful, but I think she always seems to take the longest road to get to the point. It isn't always a bad thing, sometimes the long journey is gorgeous and a place you want to spend time in. Other times, you just can't get to your destination quick enough.
Also, the level of despair in this book is almost too much. Of course, I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be a light, fluffy and happy story. There was no way it could be, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone had so much fun and playfulness in it and it was missed here. Almost completely.
I will still be continuing on with the series, I absolutely have to know where it goes and how it ends. I just wish this installment had bit more of what the first book had and hope it comes back in the next book.
Ya know there will be a 3rd (and hopefully a 4, 5, 6 etc)
It's very descriptive, smart, strong characters.... the worlds woven together, the language... what's not to love!
SHE IS SPECTACULAR! Thank you for giving an amazing performance!
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