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
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!
I am really not sure I can write in words exactly how much I love this book and series. Taylor has a way of telling a story that makes you live it, breathe it, love it. She gives you enough tension and suspense that you absolutely cannot stop reading, without drawing it out so much that you lose interest. That's a hard balance to find, I think, and Taylor has mastered it. Her writing is colorful and alluring, and her imagination is unsurpassed.
Her characters are nothing short of amazing. This second book in the series delves deeper into the world of the Chimera and Seraphim. We find out more about the characters we loved (and loved to hate) from the first book and are also introduced to some new ones. Each individual character carved out into a unique being that fits into place in the story to reveal a piece of the puzzle Taylor has created with her words.
This second book is darker than the first. They are now in the midst of war, and there is fighting and violence all around. Through the darkness, though, there is sunshine, hope, love, and friendship. I am waiting quite impatiently for the next book. In the meantime, I will have to re-read the first two.
Audio Review: Khristine Hvam does such a great job making the characters come to life. She is able to add emotion where needed, and her voice is smooth and clear. She has quickly become one of my favorite narrators.
The visuals the author manages to create are truly stunning. It is so easy to imagine Karou's world, and so easy to get attached to all of the characters. They are developed very well, and the storyline is absolutely fascinating.
The narrator can really make or break an audiobook, and Khristine Hvam really brings the novel to the next level. Her voice is perfect for the novel, and an example of how adding an accent to your reading can compliment the story. Very well done.
I really wanted to like this series more but the main female character just seems kind of wishy-washy and cant make up her mind who she has feelings for. This is the second book in the series and I hoped it would be better than the first, but its not. I would not use a credit on this book (or the first one) if I had it to do over. It's just not that great of a story.
Yes. Its worth it. I listened to Smoke and Bone for a second time before Blood and Starlight.
....spoiler question... tsk tsk!
The texture of her voice is a part of the tale for me. It BELONGS to this story. Generally when there's a narrator that I like I keep a watch for them when narrowing down what to read next. .. but in this case I dint want to hear the voice of Karue (sp?) as any one but karue....
Good follow up. Looking forward to the next installment. ..
I am an avid reader, mother of two, fangirl, nerdfighter, Chicago Cubs enthusiast and NASA supporter.
Days of Blood and Starlight lives up to its name because, above all, it is a story of war. There is a lot of bloodshed in this book and Laini Taylor's beautiful writing does much to illustrate every death and every harsh reality. The book is told in alternating viewpoints between Karou, Akiva and many other characters. In fact, we meet a lot of new angels and chimera in book two and I really felt that all of those viewpoints brought so much more depth to the story. I think a few of my favorites were Zuzana and Mik and Akiva's sister, Liraz, who turned out to be so much more than I thought she would be. You should definitely expect twists and turns and be prepared to have your heart broken as everyone is stripped down to their rawest emotional forms in this book. It was amazing to me, and a true testament of Taylor's writing, that in such a violent book there could be so many profoundly touching and tender moments. Akiva and Karou spend most of this book apart from each other, but only in a physical sense, because their connection is still strong. Even as Karou deals with her sense of betrayal and Akiva grieves, it is impossible to believe that they are completely broken. The ending was satisfying with a large dose of cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the third book so that I can go back into the world that has so captured my imagination.
This audiobook was narrated by Khristine Hvam, who also narrated book one. She does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life. Each voice and inflection really put you in the middle of the story. She is a popular narrator, so I knew it was going to be good, but I was not prepared for how good it was. I highly recommend listening to this book for the brilliant narration and the obvious understanding of the characters and the story.
I loved that Zuzana continues to be present and charming under pressure. This story has wonderful dialogue and a reader who knows how to deliver it.
I don't want to spoil it, but revenge is sweet.
This is my second experience with the narrator and she is consistently great.
Zuzana and Mik, trudging throught the desert to find Karou.
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