Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky....
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly....
Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin....
Ill-advised sailors all too often open bottles floating near their ships, and Magpie has vowed to recapture the devils released upon the world from their sea-borne containers....
When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it....
Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem. For the last seven years she's been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she's received....
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker....
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh....
Welcome, welcome to Caraval - Stephanie Garber's sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game....
Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world - a position that she definitely did not earn....
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven....
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city - a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters....
Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands....
A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival....
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic....
For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts....
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exquisite story telling that will tear your heart out.
A real tour de force that will not allow you to hit the pause button.
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.
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).
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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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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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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I am hooked on this book - an impeccable combination of a great story, great writing, and great narration. Superb.
If there are no borders to your imagination...these books are for you! :-) A great way to escape, the what can be a mundane real world
Wonderful sequel to Daughter of smoke and bone, could not stop listening to it. Kristine Hvam narrated it beautifully. I'm off to get the next book in the trilogy which I can not wait to listen to.
If you like fantasy and YA you'll love Laini Taylor's trilogy about angels and devils. It has a beautiful central love story and enough action and plot twists to keep anyone interested. I can't wait to listen to book 3!
Enjoyed both books so far looking forward to reading the third :)
Brilliantly written kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through
Firstly, me tell you what makes this book awesome: the brilliance of the author and the manificence of the narrator who is able to bring to life the multitude of characters, emotions, and physical settings (the different worlds) - this brilliant combination is what makes this book and all the other books in this series a 5-star listen!! Not one of the books in this series lets you down - they all live up to the hype, build on the story so well until its final conclusion. Even though you know there is a sequel, and the potential for more to the story, each book leaves you with a satisfying end.
Laini Taylor has somewhat developed her own unique style in delivering a sci-fi story. She describes the other (alien) world so well, her descriptive imagination reals draws you in, inserts you into the worlds and places she takes you, including here on earth. Laini allows you to get to know each character intimately, and there are many key characters, enabling you to appreciate each character's role in the whole scheme of things. You will develop a fondness for some, love some and even love to hate others, and develop several favorites from the heroine and hero, to their close counterparts and their enemies. Hence I am now using this book and series to help my kids develop their writing skills (develop imagination, descriptive writing, etc.) - the only problem is, and this applies to even those who can't read to save their life, my kids don't want to stop listening to this audiobook!!
I found this book and all books in this series mesmerising, captivating, intellectually stimulating, very funny in some parts, romantic and very emotional in other parts. Laini, with the help of such an awesome narrator, make the experience of the worlds, the story, the book, appear very, very real - this book and series allows you to truly escape from the here and now and never want to return!!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes an unusual and exciting fantasy story with all the fun and adventure that is so typical about such. At first I found it strange that the story is half way in the real world and half way in a fantasy one, but it soon become an advantage to the story and I really enjoyed every minute of it. <br/>All I love in a story is there: action, adventure, romance. Romance is very much in the centre of this story so it may not be suitable for people without a taste for romance, but I do believe all fantasy lovers could enjoy this one.
Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favourite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
All the moments of drama..
I got through this story so fast. The story was so compelling and magical. I loved listening to every minute of it.
Brilliant and heartbreaking!
I Love this book and I couldn't stop listening. The narrator's voice suits the story.
Loved the story line and the amazing narrator that brought the characters to life. 2nd. Time listening and it still enthrals me!