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Days of Blood and Starlight: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy: Book Two
 
 

Days of Blood and Starlight: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy: Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Laini Taylor
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

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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)

'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)

Book Description

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


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2104 KB
  • Print Length: 529 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FOSPGAM
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (8 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UXKTT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly beautiful 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly poetic, sad and dark... 21 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel! 15 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was thoroughly enjoyable and a very good sequel as above. The series creates such a great world- believable yet different from the one we walk about in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing second insallment 14 Jan 2013
By Kat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everything I had hoped and more, the plot becomes richer, the characters are well developed, it is very beautifully written and I absolutely cannot wait for book number 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Days of Blood and Starlight 14 Jan 2013
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I loved every minute of this book. Brilliant characters and story. Can't wait to read the 3rd in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 13 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Can't wait for the next one!

Keeps you turning the pages good follow up the Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Her detailed descriptions of the characters and the constant battle with Karou and her past life get you attached to the character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable epic fantasy saga 13 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't normally do fantasy fiction but ended up reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone kind of by accident. I picked up a copy only because there didn't seem to be anything else on offer and I was desperate. I didn't really expect to get into it and enjoy it but found that, after a few pages, I was totally hooked!!!

Days of Blood and Starlight picks up the story beautifully and you are instantly transported back to the wonderful world of the chimeara. I don't want to say too much here as wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone by giving the story away, all I will say to anyone who enjoyed DoSaB and is thinking of getting this you will not be disappointed. Simply excellent! ...can't wait for the next instalment as happily I recently discovered it is actually part two of the trilogy :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 13 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was amazing really well written and had an amazing story really enjoyed it can't wait for the next one but its not out till 2014 :(
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Incredible second book in the series, raced through it as I was so eager to find out what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Siobhan Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 2 days ago by Kelly85
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series. Really enjoyed this would recommend as easy reading. Great characters and story
Published 11 days ago by Carol Limer
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
second book of trilogy,as good as the first.A very good read.
Published 20 days ago by CEF
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for the open minded
An amazing read. Well thought out and full of magical, unicorn moments.
Published 1 month ago by Artist with Attitude
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Yelsel Ecirp
5.0 out of 5 stars Days of Blook and Starlight
I really enjoyed this book. Possibly aimed at a younger market but a fantastic storyline which I really liked and I am going to get my 20 year old daughter to read it.
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars she "jumped the shark"
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Rebecca L. Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic - cant wait for the next installment
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good.
Published 1 month ago by BOBBIE
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