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Days of Blood and Starlight: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 2 by [Taylor, Laini]
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Days of Blood and Starlight: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 2 Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 327 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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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)

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. (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)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2988 KB
  • Print Length: 529 pages
  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 327 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daughter of Smoke and Bone was, without exaggeration, one of the most gorgeously imagined books I have ever read. I absolutely adored it and immediately rushed out to by Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters. My hopes were high!

Thankfully, I was not disappointed!

After the devastating events of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou knows who and what she is, and the revelation has left her and Akiva on opposed sides of the battle raging between chimera and seraphim. Each are doing their part for their kind, seeking redemption for their actions, tortured by the knowledge of what they have done to each other. As you can probably guess, Days of Blood and Starlight is a very different book to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It’s a much darker novel. Gone is the quirkiness of Prague and Karou’s frivolous wishes. This is a book about war and the consequences for both sides. That’s not to say it is without charm. The mystery may have gone, but the magic is still very much front and centre. Now everything is out in the open, we’re free to explore the rich world Laini Taylor has created that was only glimpsed in the first book. Once again, if I wore a hat, it would be off to Laini Taylor. Her writing is as beautiful as ever and she’s now free of “the mortal world” to truly let her imagination come to life. And it’s breathtaking! From the ruined chimera stronghold of Loramendi to the lush excesses of the seraphim Astrae, it’s one of the richest worlds I’ve read in my adventures in YA.

One of my favourite parts of Daughter of Smoke and Bone was the burgeoning relationship between Karou and Akiva, and I was disappointed to see the pair separated in this book initially. But as I read on, it became less of an issue.
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This is a brilliant second book,even better than the first.
After breaking the wishbone and remembering her past, Karou turns her back on the love she has for Akiva when she discovers that he's killed all her family. The white wolf's motto is victory and vengeance and he begins a terror campaign against the angels, while Joram seeks to kill all of the chimaera including civilians. Never has the peace the Karou and Akiva dreamed of seemed so distant.
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I've reviewed book one of this trilogy so will try not to repeat too much. This book follows on nicely from Daughter of Smoke and Bone and delivered on the engagement and entertainment fronts equally as much. I liked the development of all the characters and the worlds they inhabit and I liked the author's depiction of the difficulties in making choices and decisions and in taking a stand in a seemingly impossible situation.
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Stunning. Read my review!! Laini Taylor hits the spot with these books! I will be bereft when I have finished the series.
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100% recommend this - it's really good and easy to get into. I really enjoyed reading this and would recommend the series
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The first in this series was the best book I read last year. I loved it for the magical whimsy, the exquisite narrative, for being taken to Prague and living through the writer's eye in that beautiful city, most of all for the cleverness of the magical dovetailed stories that eventually weave together to reveal a tapestry of wonder and romance.

And then I read part two and discover I am mainly going to be taken through a war, and the beautiful description is now going to predominantly be about pain, degradation, self-torture, separation and death. The beautiful setting has been changed to a dusty barren landscape, and an empty castle barracks with a death pit at the centre. And it's relentless: page after page. Despite being well-written, there is no romance or whimsy or beauty. It becomes a violent fantasy novel beset with descriptions of murder and on one occasion rape - what the hell is rape doing in a young adult fantasy novel?For that matter what is masochism doing in it? The whole "pain tithe" thing was never really explained - why this is the necessary payment from magic? It just seemed to be there for the sake of it.

I can see that the author wanted to idea to "grow up", and maybe thought that she needed to make the excellent story to tread more serious ground, and become more weighty, but to me it was like reading a lead balloon after taking flight through the first novel. And it's just far far too long; it goes over the same ground of war and retribution and Karou's hatred for Thiago over and over again. Then there is this detour to the fates of some escaped chimaera that seems to trail off to no-where, and is just more depressing stuff about a sick, injured creature.
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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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