Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series #2)

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series #2)

by Laini Taylor
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lisazj1 More than 1 year ago
chouhefuiwefgughrubajcbkjbcbdicvkbasckjnhuasbbaiebwjcknjkvbvbqehgquewbewibedkvd I have too many feels right now. Review later. *Edit* Well, thinking it over didn't give me any better an idea of what to say about this. If I'm not mistaken, I was the exact same way after reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Struck speechless. That is a feat of no mean proportions. I thought there was no possible way that Laini Taylor could follow up with anything even close to what she did to me with the first book. Apparently, when I am wrong, I am SPECTACULARLY wrong. Reading this was a physical, visceral experience. I didn't just read it with my eyes, my whole body got in on the act. My blood, by turns, either froze or boiled. The hair stood up on my arms, gooseflesh crawled over my whole body, muscles locked down, my stomach dropped and rolled, and my heart clenched, squeezed and shattered. It was ridiculous, incredible, terrifying and fabulous. In DoS&B, Karou was a badass, true. But she still had an innocence to her, as with the blush of her first true love. That's all gone now. Burned away with all that became ash under her feet in Loramendi and all that's left tastes as bitter in her mouth as that ash would be. Now Karou has not only got to be tough, she has to be iron. Unbreakble. Even when she's terrified, or when her heart is in pieces. To me, that makes her even more of a badass than she was before. Akiva, oh my God. He crushes me in this, so much. But no matter how devastated he is, he's determined to do what he promised he would. He's absolutely hopeless that he will ever be forgiven by Karou, but he never stops trying to make it right. There are so many awesome characters. Mik & Zuzana are so great in this, I love them. And Ziri, a Kirin like Madrigal, who crushed on her before she was executed. *sigh* I really love Ziri, but I can tell already that he is going to break my heart too, in a totally different way. Hazael and Liraz, Akiva's brother & sister, are much more present in the story and you get a closer look at who they are, which is more than they appeared to be previously. But this is war and it is brutal and harsh. Thiago, that snake, is every bit as savage as he was before and consumed even more by his desire to destroy the angels. *shivers* He's evil and scary as hell to read. This time though, Thiago isn't the only one plotting to spill blood. Jael, the commander of the angel Dominion forces is every bit as cruel and sly as Thiago, but he takes pleasure in being twisted. Ms. Taylor's writing here is just as lush, rich and spell-binding as everything I've read by her. But I'm not gonna lie, she is going to run your emotions through a wringer with this story. This is a truly amazing read and you can bet your ass I'll be first in line for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book book was wonderful, well paced, and all together amazing. I was dieing to read the 2nd book by the time I was done with the the1st book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it was a book that I have never read before. Brilliant storyline and conflict among characters. The brilliance continues in Days of Blood & Starlight. I couldnt put the book down once i started reading it. Karou and Akiva's battles with themselves and surroundings drew me into their world. I felt I was following them page after page. This book did not dissappoint, and i cant wait to read the third installment to these wonderful, creative books.
KimballSK More than 1 year ago
When we last left Karou, her family was missing and possibly dead, she had learned many secrets about herself and those around her and was potentially mortal enemies with the angel she loved. ¿It is in this desolate state that we find Karou again in Days of Blood and Starlight. I hesitate to go into too much detail about the plot points in fear of ruining the unfolding of Karou's new circumstances. Suffice it to say that although Karou believes she is doing exactly what she must do to right the wrongs of her world, she finds herself allied with her previous enemies and with no one to guide her except her own guilty conscience. Caught in the middle of the ages long war between the seraphim and the chimaera, Karou finds she plays a vital role which could change the outcome and end the war forever. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone to pieces and it was my Favorite Book of 2011. Sometimes the sophomore effort of a series can leave a reader wanting, this is not the case with Days of Blood and Starlight. After the initial setup, I found this to be quite the page-turner. As always, Laini Taylor is a master storyteller and brilliant world-builder. The detail with which she has plotted out every detail of Karou's fantastical world is stunning. If you are reading Days of Blood and Starlight for the romance, you might be a tad let down. Akiva and Karou are kept apart for the majority of the story, however, much is revealed through a series of flashbacks that might keep your need for amour sated. I highly recommend Taylor's latest novel with zero hesitation, but you must read Daughter of Smoke and Bone first! This series is a soon to be classic and a perfect way to escape for a few days.
Taylor_FrayedBooks 9 months ago
I wasn't a fan of this book. I really loved the first one and fully expected to fall in love with the second as well. But... it just didn't happen. I feel like the story was slow and I wasn't really getting anywhere. It seemed pretty boring in parts, to me, and while I love Karou, she just didn't bring it in this sequel. Her determination and concern for her friends are the best qualities in this character.I feel like Akiva helped to carry the story in the first one, when they were together, and their separate storylines in this story hurt the plot a bit. I am not sure if I will read the culmination to this series because of how I felt about this one.
KikiD870 10 months ago
I truly love this series! The characters are fantastic and the story is thoroughly engrossing. The world of this series is a wonderful blend of the real and the imagined and they fit together seamlessly. The cast of characters expands in this series and they are all beautifully developed. But Akiva and Karou were completely at odds with one another in this book and that was hard as a shipper of that relationship. But that only made the story that much more of an engrossing read. I love that this series takes the commonly held ideas of religious mythology and what it means to be good or evil and then turns them around. Karou and her people are chimera, what most would consider to be demons. Akiva is an angel, but many of his kind are far from the peace-loving angels that most of us imagine. The story is told primarily from the point of view of Karou, making you really look at how perspective changes perception. At it's heart, the story is about two enemies coming together for a common goal, a common mission, a common future. It is imaginative, exciting, and beautifully written!
KendraJ_lillianopal More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, as expected. This took me on a whirlwind ride of emotions and I cannot wait to read the next one. This is the second novel in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, so you had better stop reading this review right now if you haven't read the first book yet. Karou and Akiva have separated back to their own people, and both of them are very upset with what happened between them. While Akiva is deeply regretful, Karou is seething angry at Akiva for killing her family. Karou tries to make up for her crimes of loving the enemy by working under Thiago, and Akiva watches slaughter unfold in front of him while hoping the best for Karou. Let me say this first: I was sad when Karou resented Akiva at the end of book one and the beginning of this book. I was sad, but I also understood; I mean, I'd be just as furious if I were in that situation. But then, as her hateful feelings kept simmering throughout the whole book, I grew tired of it. Those feelings prevented Karou from having self-esteem, made her keep denying what a jerk Thiago was, and allowed many of her fellow chimaera to step all over her. Good thing she eventually regrew her backbone and started seeing more clearly, but it was very frustrating. Akiva's luck doesn't improve much. He is subjected to many more horrors, is repeatedly rejected by Karou, and is forced to make several tough decisions. Poor guy. I hope life goes better for him in the next book, though it seems unlikely at the moment. I read some other reviews, and they were right when they said that this book is not as romantic as the first one. A new kind of conflict is developing, and since Karou and Akiva are separated emotionally and physically for the most part, there aren't many chances for lovey-dovey scenes. That is, for Karou and Akiva. Because Zuzana and Mik in this book are funny and adorable. I really appreciated their presences because they offered some much-needed comic relief. Some horrible events happen towards the end, but I wouldn't say it's a complete cliffhanger. They do emanate a sense of urgency, though. I highly recommend this book if you've already read the first one. It is not a disappointment at all.
HLKreader More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better and better! I’m seriously just so impressed with Laini Taylor. Her writing is beautiful, the characters are so real and vibrant, and this world is absolutely fascinating. Thank goodness I already have the third book, or I might just loose it right here.
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
4.7 stars! The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone was totally not what I was expecting! It was great as we got to learn more about the war in Eretz and the process of resurrection done by Karou. Things are quite different than they were in the first book. Though it started out a bit sad, it totally picked up when Zuzana and Mike showed up! Looking forward to the third book.
jcsbookhaven More than 1 year ago
Delicate Beauty Days of Blood and Starlight was written just as beautifully as the first. However, Karou is not in the same place, mind or body, that she was before. She's living with the remaining Chimeara far away from her best friends Zuzana and Mik and so very alone. She is working beside someone she hates, but doesn't have a choice. I was constantly feeling so bad for Karou and teared up repeatedly while reading. This one is much darker than Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet still full of hope. She's doing this beautiful and important work for the Chimeara, and is treated like the cardboard tube of the toilet paper roll, so necessary but easily discarded. It seemed like as soon as she was given a bright light in the form of a friend and ally, that person would be ripped away for one reason or another. There are two groups in this story, the Seraphim and the Chimeara. As with every group, it's so easy to see that there are both good and evil within on both sides. Akiva is with the Seraphim working from the inside trying to get others of his kind to show mercy and begin living another way. Karou is working tirelessly to bring more kind souls out in the Chimeara and is blocked at every pass. Together they are in parallel during the middle to the end of the story with similar circumstances happening on both sides. It was such a great and poignant read. I absolutely loved the inclusion of Zuzana and Mik and the bouyancy that they brought with them. Black Hands and Splintered Souls Really the only hard part about reading this one for me was how sad it got. I've never enjoyed being sad, and this one definitely pulled on my heart-strings. It was also hard to watch Karou through the beginning of this one because she was so bent on revenge, but at the same time disgusting herself. She is so intensely mad at Akiva for his need for revenge, but reacts in the same way at first. Like Magnets Akiva becomes someone to really get behind, but Karou is heart broken and decides that her instant attraction to him was an incredible mistake. In this one, she questions what she really knows about him and whether she can move past the things he's done. Akiva, however, never wavers in his love for Karou. Zuzana and Mik are the IT couple in this one. They are incredibly adorable together. There is an attempted rape scene as well. Never Seen Stars so Bright Days of Blood and Starlight was full to the brim of conflict, hope for redemption, characters to loathe and characters to adore, incredible story-telling, and an interesting plot with a ton of development from the first one. Very recommended.
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Most second installments of a series are not as good as the first book of the series, but this was amazing.
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mjm101 More than 1 year ago
Weird and wonderful story-telling. I liked the first one, and I like this one even more. I can't wait to read the third one when it comes out in paperback.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
"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. [...] She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it." How could one not want to read DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT after the ending of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE? Took me a while to get into the story and feel moved though. This could be because we are following the stories of a bunch of new characters now. The many perspectives mean there's less time to learn more about our beloved Karou and Akiva, too. Akiva's siblings are playing a major role. Then there are chapters about what Zuzana and Mik are up to and how they are planning on getting Karou back. The evil angel leaders' plans on the one side, the forming of a chimaera revolution on the other. We are travelling with a slave caravan and find out how the victims are treated in a war without rules. Many new characters, that could bring new meaning, too, make sure that this sequel is a well-rounded read regarding the narrative emphases Laini Taylor is setting. Unforunately, there's not as much travelling in the real world, than in Eretz (One of my favourite parts of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE were Karou's travels). But Laini Taylor takes us back to Prague where Zuzanne and Mik are worrying about Karou and a second setting in the real world which is located in the desert, under the blazing sun and the bright starry sky. Again, I did feel like I was in a different country and time when I read DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. Laini Taylor's writing is so vivid and grasping. 4/5 **** DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT - A brutal and, later into the story, very emotional read with strong character additions. A war-torn country, beasts and angels are fighting for their lives when the battle had been thought to be lost. I pretty much guess the pages of this sequel to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE capture the darkest moments in our character' lives. DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT didn't have the immediate stun effect on me that the first book had. What can we expect from DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS now?
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I was pretty disappointed with this book. It kind of fell into that second book syndrome for me. There were a lot of moments that seemed to drag on and on. We're given unnecessary viewpoints that really slowed it up. This book revolved a lot around preparation for the war, but I still don't really get what they are fighting for. Whether they are angel or chimera... There isn't a side I really like right now. I still have high hopes for the next book though.
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Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
I went the audiobook route with the second in this series because I adored the first audiobook. I find that the narrator spins magic with Taylor’s words and she can paint a beautiful image of all those in Karou’s world. I found this one even more heat breaking than the first as the two worlds plunged into war. I think what made me most sad was that Karou and Akiva were still at odds the way they were at the end of the first book. There is so much more to their lives that we have yet to learn, but this book did a great job of opening up into what the war looked like for both sides. It gave us a glimpse at what the problem was, at who was continuing this battle that seemed to have to no start. Its almost like Romeo and Juliet the way no one knows what started to feud between the different sides. I think that it was great that we learned more about the different Chimera and the way that they lived and loved. There was no sense to what was happening to villagers as we learned how the battle between the Angels and Chimera was affecting all. But even better was that we continued to follow Akiva as he went to try to set things straight. He made decisions that were punishable by death, but we learned that he wasn’t alone in his feelings as he joined other’s who felt the same way. This book broke your heart in ways that you didn’t even know it could be broken. I loved that we got to see both sides from Karou and Akiva. We saw the underlying cruelty of both sides and we saw the kindness and the hope. I cannot wait for the third book to hit shelves so I can see where this is all going to end.
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