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Product details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444722700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722703
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laini Taylor is an award-winning writer. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie.

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'I like to spread the word when I come across a book that excites me. I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor last weekend (sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and I'm all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment. Be prepared.)' (Stephenie Meyer)

'This is Romeo and Juliet on a sprawling fantasy stage.' (Guardian)

'I'd been itching for the sequel of Smoke and Bone since finishing Laini's first book in one feverish sitting - and it was worth the wait. The second instalment is much darker, with more epic battles, suffering and loss . . . The ending is absolutely incredible - with a twist that completely catches you by surprise, leaving you dying to find out what happens next. The only downside is that I now have to try and keep myself occupied until the next book is ready.' (Glamour.com)

'Plunges us into a world of beauty and horror . . . intricately plotted . . . it's a book that flies between worlds on blood-tipped wings and grips like a magical vice' (Daily Mail)

'Fantasy and romance combine in Days of Blood and Starlight . . . If you've ever wondered what would happen if an angel and a devil fell in love, you're about to find out.' (Sunday Express)

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 on DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT)

'Days of Blood and Starlight reflects Laini Taylor's maturity as a writer, as well as depicting Karou's growth as the protagonist. The story is more compelling, the themes more grown up, and the romances more believable. This second book in the trilogy transports the reader to the very centre of the action; you soon forget it's a fight between ethereal being and beast; you forget that this is fantasy.' (We Love This Book)

An epic saga, a moving love story, and a thrilling fantasy, this is the second in a truly original trilogy (Living North Magazine)

'Heartbreak, war and magic spells abound in this captivating romance . . . There's slaying aplenty, but Taylor mitigates the violence with an unquenchable belief in the restorative powers of love and hope - and magic' (Marie Claire)

'Through all its beautiful writing, Days of Blood and Starlight broke my heart into a million pieces, put it all together, and then broke it again . . . Taylor's writing is truly evocative, and I was amazed by where she took the story in the end. It will be a tough year, waiting for Book 3.' (wingedreviews.com)

'Days of Blood and Starlight is just phenomenal . . . Laini Taylor, I salute you!' (onceuponabookcase.co.uk)

'Addictive reading . . . ripped out my heart and left me gasping for air.' (thepewterwolf.blogspot.co.uk)

'Stunning second entry in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Beautifully written with great characters' (thebookbag.co.uk)

'Amazing . . . It's dramatic but emotional, beautiful but ugly, shocking but compelling. There are twists, there are turns, there are surprises and tears . . . The book sets up the final part of the trilogy oh-so well. I loved this magical book so much . . . Buy. It. Now.' (Sun on Sunday Fabulous blog)

'Days of Blood and Starlight was my most anticipated release of 2012 . . . As always Laini Taylor's writing was absolutely sublime . . . The ending to this book was absolutely incredible with plenty of twists, turns, and shock revelations. Laini Taylor has done it yet again and managed to completely surprise me . . . An incredible book.' (jessheartsbooks.blogspot.co.uk)

'Everything about it was so well developed, plot, characters and the writing is what really makes these books beautiful, almost poetic, but then some parts can be very witty and cutting . . . Without a doubt 5/5 stars! If you haven't read this series you need to! I recommend this to absolutely everyone!' (wrathsqueensbooks.blogspot.com)

'The language is mesmerising, the settings are compelling and the story is heart-stoppingly brilliant . . . Karou is, for me, the most engaging heroine of those in any book of a similar genre . . . lose yourself in a twisting tale of good and bad, love and passion.' (keepcalmandreadabook.wordpress.com)

'I didn't even get to the second sentence of Days of Blood and Starlight before I stopped and just went 'oh' to myself, completely awed by Laini Taylor's stunning prose. I would give several limbs to be able to write like her. Honestly, if there was ever a manifestation of painting with words, this series is it.' (solittletimeforbooks.blogspot.co.uk)

PRAISE FOR DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE (-)

'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' (Patrick Rothfuss)

'The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again.' (New York Times)

Trust us, it's brilliant (Heat)

Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one. (Stylist)

Thrillingly fresh and new. The smartly plotted, surprising, and fiercely compelling read will hook you from its opening pages. (Entertainment Weekly)

'It's epic, yet intimate, sweepingly romantic and begging to be made into a film.' (Star)

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It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE... This November, the story continues in the astounding, must-read sequel, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Daphne (Winged Reviews) on 8 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Through all its beautiful writing, Days of Blood and Starlight broke my heart into a million pieces, put it all together, and then broke it again. And I loved it.

Where is Karou? After learning that Akiva was responsible for the genocide of the chimaera and the deaths of her family, Karou made her way through the tear into Eretz. Her friend Zuzanna send email after email of worry, and Akiva searches every place he knows to no avail. As the first book, it's best to go into it without knowing too much, but you can look forward to pee balloons, giant sandcastles, museum thievery, an actual blood bath and some grotesque smiles.

The tone is very different to the first book. While Daughter of Smoke and Bone was about magic, wonder and love, this book was about duty, graft, hatred and heartache. Still, everything I loved about the first book was still there, especially the way Taylor balances the epic story with beautiful little character-driven glimpses.

Wonderfully, it features a lot of Karou's feisty friend Zuzanna and her lovable boyfriend Mik (possibly the only functional relationship in the whole book) and Akiva's siblings Hazael and Liraz. Taylor also conjures up a whole host of other cool new characters (as a side note to the publishers, I would love to see Karou's notebook brought to life). A definitely standout for me was the wonderful Ziri, someone I'm sure you will fall in love with, because I certainly have.

There were so many twists to this story I did not see coming, distracted as I was by the beauty of the lyrical prose. I have never read a book which constantly made my heart ache with each tough decision and impossible circumstance the characters faced. Taylor's writing is truly evocative, and I was amazed by where she took the story in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tinangel on 2 Jan. 2013
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I had been sourcing books for teenagers, to send to the three teen daughters of friends of ours, when I came across 'Daughter Of Smoke & Bone' by Laini Taylor. This is the first in a trilogy, a fantasy novel unlike anything I'd read before. If you like 'The Hobbit', 'Lord Of The Rings' and the Potter novels, you'll love these. I'm still reading 'Days Of Blood & Starlight', which is the second book in the trilogy. It's just as good as the first. It has mystery, angelic warriors, monsters (Chimaera), a haunting love story and unexpected twists and turns. You would really need to read the first book to appreciate this one though. Taylor's books are beautifully written. The first is mainly set in Prague and she describes the place in such wonderful prose that my partner and I (he also read it & loved it, and he doesn't read novels normally), want to visit the city this year if we can. She smoothly creates believable other-worlds, characters, heroes and anti-heroes. However, her exquisite turn of phrase and descriptions of everything is so poetic and magical, you'll be hard-pressed to stop reading and turn the light out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on 26 Dec. 2012
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my all time favourite novels so when this arrived (after I had literally been counting the days)it went straight to the top of my to read list.
It didnt disappoint!! It starts off where the previous novel finishes after Karou and Akiva break the wishbone and she learns the earth shattering news that believing her to be executed he is responsible for the almost complete annihilation of her people. The tone is very different in part two, while part one could have been sub titled 'love' then this would certainly be 'war' or 'destruction'. Theres lots of blood, mutilation and just when you thought Thiago couldnt get any more evil he really proves you wrong.
while developing the original characters I already loved Taylor brings us new ones, the cute Sveva, Rath, and the one I know you are going to adore Ziri whose care and compassion no way prepare you for the role he takes in the end. This will make the big screen, I just hope the do it justice!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nathalie on 21 Nov. 2012
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Well, the second volume in this trilogy is over.... My head is filled with images and painful emotions of these wonderfully dark, broken ,but still hopeful characters... "Sometimes hope is the real magic",-the Resurrectionist said once upon a time... Hope is the only thing left for them at the moment, even though they do not always recognize it. This hope goes for me as well, making me believe that it will not be too long before the last volume is released.

The best love,pain,longing and resurrection story that i have read so far.

Would more than recommend it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rebecca L. Lane on 16 Sept. 2014
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Like most of the readers of lainis first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone., I looked forward eagerly to this second book. I had actually picked up the first one by mistake. Its not my usual sort of reading, but by the first chapter, it had me hooked. Not the case with Days of Blood and Starlight. This time, I find myself reading endless pages of characters, each more sketchily drawn and less beleivable than the last, and to be honest, I couldn't care less about any of them. This story has gone the way of other promising sequels. Short on story, plot, and good characters, I think the same thing happened with Game of Thrones, and even Harry Potter, and sadly, im giving it up, and won't be buying a third. If this were a tv series, I beleive the expression is "jumping the shark"
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