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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Great start, not so good follow up

Great narrator, but I struggled to finish this book. First book had so much potential.

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A "page turner"

Khristine Hvam reprises her role as narrator in this 2nd entry in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and delivers a performance that raises Laini Taylor's solid writing to a higher level. Despite bordering on an over-reliance on "convenient moments", Taylor has managed to write a novel that is both gripping and exciting that somehow transcends the medium and becomes an auditory "page turner". I sometimes get the feeling that the book was written with narration in mind. For anyone looking to read a YA/Teen novel with elements of fantasy, this is a series that deserves attention.

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Kept me on the edge of my seat

I really enjoyed the way the story is brought to live. I like the fact the narrator is able to read Laini Taylors words with just the right kind of emotion. You feel the love, despair, anger or whatever needs to be felt.

Love all the characters ... But Suzanna is and will forever be my favorite.

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Just as exciting and vivid as the first

It's interesting that even though I have already read all 3 books and loved them, listening to them brings a whole new quality to them.

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Devastating

Exquisite story telling that will tear your heart out.
A real tour de force that will not allow you to hit the pause button.

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Remember to breathe!

Where does Days of Blood and Starlight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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!

Any additional comments?

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.

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Magical listening experience with a deeper meaning

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).

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  • Marie
  • 04-25-14

Magical!

I bought the audiobook after being stuck in the actual book for ages. And I must say; the audiobook was an absolutely delight to listen to. The narration is really god, and I didn't need much time to finish it.

Unfortunately, the story has a problem. It really is the same problem as too many other YA trilogies. The first book in the series has a great plot but the follow-up is just an in-between book with much insignificant material. Hopefully the third part will be much better. I will absolutely read it. Despite of a bit unexciting story, the writing is very good and the atmosphere is just... magical!

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  • Stephanie Paul
  • 11-29-13

Absolutely can't get enough of these books.

What made the experience of listening to Days of Blood and Starlight the most enjoyable?

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.

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

Its aiming for the same market as Twilight, but it is load, a thousand times better.

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

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 .

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

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.

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  • KLG
  • 12-23-12

Lovely!

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.

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  • jan Strangwood
  • 07-12-20

excellent and grippimg

cant wait to listen to the final book in this trilogy thank you to author

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  • AnnaBanya
  • 12-12-19

Missing chapter

What a great book - absolutely gripping, and a good sequel. Disappointing then that chapter 82 was impossible to play. Borrowed the book from the library to read the short chapter, then resumed with Audible. Not a huge problem but it certainly broke the flow. I can’t find any mention of this in any other reviews so it must just be my app.

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  • Debs
  • 11-09-19

Brilliant brilliant!

Such a great series of books, I was absolutely invested in the storyline and characters. I couldn't recommend this series of books enough.

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  • Seth Reviews
  • 09-07-19

not as good as book one,

great series, loved book one. this was a little flat. I'll read book three, but feel I need a break now.

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  • Angela Pen
  • 02-05-19

A great read!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Found it a bit difficult to begin with but the story was well told and I found I was listening to it whenever I possibly could. Including going to bed and waking up to find I had slept through a fair few hours!

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  • Toni
  • 08-11-18

A solid continuation

4.5 Stars This was a great continuation on from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. So many twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Really loving the characters and settings of this series and how fleshed out everything is. The only reason it doesn't get a full 5 stars is because I wasn't as compelled to listen to it in one sitting like I was (and did in fact do) with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That cliffhanger ending however, still has me really desperate to read what happens next.

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  • M. F. Blackwell
  • 03-28-18

Long but rewarding

Again, like my review of the first book of this trilogy, the second was similar in the sense that its detailed long build up lasted many chapters before really being able to sink into the new adventure. There was a lot of back tracking and reminding to begin with, the introduction of new characters and their stories, and it was slightly frustrating to hold on to, wanting to hear more of our main characters adventures. I would say it really picked up pace only by chapter 20/30, but it was worth the wait, for the dramatic climax and the twist in the story that sent my blood pulsing with anger and then amazement at one point. Onto book three'; here's hoping the ending will be worth the waiting.