Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood and Starlight

Book rating: 05 Hardback Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

By (author) Laini Taylor

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 234mm x 48mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 8 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444722670
  • ISBN 13: 9781444722673
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 176,381

Product 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 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.

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Author information

Laini Taylor is the author of four previous books, the most recent of which, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, was described by the Guardian as 'remarkable and beautifully written ... The opening volume of a truly original trilogy'. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie.

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By Daphne (Winged Reviews) 08 Nov 2012 5

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. It will be a tough year, waiting for Book 3.

This isn't a book you can read as a standalone, so if you haven't yet started Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I urge you to do so. For all those that are already fans of the first book, I can assure you this sequel won't let you down.

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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.' '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.' 'Days of Blood and Starlight is just phenomenal ... Laini Taylor, I salute you!' 'Addictive reading ... ripped out my heart and left me gasping for air.' 'Stunning second entry in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Beautifully written with great characters' '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.' '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!' '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.' '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.' 'At times it is harrowing, but Laini Taylor's writing is of such a such a high quality that is also beautiful and compelling at the same time ... Days of Blood and Starlight is a bloody brilliant book! And a cracking second part of the trilogy.' 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