- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Format: Hardback | 517 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 48mm | 703g
- Publication date: 6 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0316133973
- ISBN 13: 9780316133975
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 15,115
"Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war." "" "This is not that world." "" Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is--and "what" she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke & Bone," Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, "Days of Blood & Starlight" finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For "hope." But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
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Laini Taylor is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Days of Blood & Starlight," "Daughter of Smoke & Bone," the Dreamdark books "Blackbringer" and "Silksinger," and the National Book Award finalist "Lips Touch: Three Times." She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is www.lainitaylor.com.
By Andrea Thompson 07 Nov 2012
Oh boy, can Laini Taylor write a book. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. The world she built, the characters she created, and her phenomenal words pulled me in and made me fall in love. There was never a doubt in my mind that I would love this sequel, though I admit, Days of Blood and Starlight did begin a bit slowly for me.
I'm not exactly sure why I had a problem falling into this book. The writing was certainly perfect. Maybe, it's because I was the biggest fan of Karou and Akiva together, happy, and seeing them at odds, though understandable, was hard for me. Another problem for me was the expanded cast of characters. I would be content to only focus on Karou, Akiva, and Zuzana (shout-out for one of the best characters, ever!) forever and ever. But since there is a divide, and Karou and Akiva are separated, there were many other characters brought into the fold. So I spent much of the first portion of DoB&S speed-reading, looking for the shift that kicked things into high gear.
Once the story gets rolling, Days of Blood and Starlight is phenomenal. We have Akiva and Karou, working separately, towards the same agenda: peace. Poor Akiva is resigned and heart-broken. Poor Karou is resolved and heart-broken. The sense of impending chaos, doom, and conflict builds at a brilliantly consistent pace until the very end. An end that leaves us with a promise of a better future?
Oh my. I am thisclose to completely losing my composure and fan-girling spoilers all over the place. So I will stop. Right here. Days of Blood and Starlight is gorgeous, exciting, and imaginative. But if you've read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you already know that.
* "The impossible choices each character faces compel readers to consider the fission when ethics slam into power, creating a chain reaction of pain and grim, uncertain outcomes that must be worked through even if chances for hope on the other side are slim. Of course, [readers will be left] in breathless anticipation for the next installment, but the intensity of this middle piece is a satisfying feast all on its own." ""BCCB," starred review""