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ISBN13: 9780316133975
ISBN10: 0316133973
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In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was declared a must read by Entertainment Weekly, was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, and the New York Times called it a breath-catching romantic fantasy.

Review:

"Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world in this grim sequel to her masterful Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The war between chimaera and seraphim is in full force, with Karou reluctantly playing an essential — and painful — role. Having realized her destiny, she is now living it; feeling alone, abandoned, and betrayed, she is harder of body and of heart. Alternately focusing on Karou and her estranged love interest, the seraphim Akiva, Taylor traces their parallel discouragement at the perpetuation of bloodshed between their peoples. Since the first book is, at heart, a love story and a journey of self-discovery, its fans may be surprised to find this one is primarily a war story, filled with battle scenes, killings, anger, and hatred. The occasional scenes with Karou's Czech friends Zuzana and Mik bring welcome moments of lightheartedness and humor. Taylor's dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction, even if it offers less of the cross-genre appeal that made its predecessor so extraordinary. Ages 15 – up. Agent: Jane Putch, Eyebait Licensing & Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"The future of Karou, her ill-fated romance with Akiva, and the survival of both of their races await readers in the concluding volume; it promises to be a doozy." The Horn Book, starred review

Review:

"Taylor manages to make a five-hundred-page epic read at a breakneck speed that will have readers struggling to finish in one sitting. This sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone will paradoxically satisfy readers' desire for more of Karou's story while leaving them begging for the third installment." VOYA, starred review

Review:

"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

Review:

"Emotionally intense...memorable characters and turns of phrase." Kirkus

Review:

"The next Next Big Thing." Wired

About the Author

Laini Taylor is the author of five novels: the forthcoming Days of Blood and Starlight, Daughter of Smoke and 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.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, March 11, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
In Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor created a world where angels and creatures are pitted against each other as two star-crossed lovers, Karou and Akiva, strive to bridge the gap and bring peace to their worlds. In the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, Taylor once again weaves her magic, ramping up the conflict and making the reader question a world of endless war where both sides suffer tragic losses.

Where the first book held out hope and possibility, much of this one is focused on the brutality that comes when two races set out to destroy one another. Both the seraphim and the chimaera are led by ruthless rulers who would like nothing more than total domination of the world they live in. In this tale, Karou and Akiva are at odds, separated by grief and the belief that they are powerless to really change the minds and hearts of their brethren. Hope for a different outcome is planted as a small seed that begins to grow until each of them feels confident and strong enough to act against the powers that lead them.

Like the first book in the series, Days of Blood and Starlight is fast-paced and breathtaking as it hurtles toward resolution. Taylor excels at the details of the fantasy world she has created, yet the story never gets lost or drags as she paints those details. I am sure I am not the only reader impatiently waiting to read the next installment of Karou and Akiva’s journey.

I recommend the series for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 15 and up.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book for review.
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Kathy Steffen, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Kathy Steffen)
In this follow-up to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, Laini Taylor gives a continuation of Karou and Akiva's story. This book is magnificently written with prose and a voice that compels, and that is nothing compared to the breath-taking story! Warning: the cliffhanger at the end will having you scream for the next book (as did the cliffhanger at the end of the first book) but the third is not yet written. The only flaw in this book is that we have to wait for the next.
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Natsu, January 26, 2013 (view all comments by Natsu)
One of the best, most inspirationing, amazing novels I've ever read. Aside from the previous book before this one, "daughter of smoke and bone". Laini taylor is an amazing. Author! I never wanted to put the book down! It was like a movie in my head filled with fantasy, life,. romance, truth, lies, and war. Overall I would give her 100000000000/10.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316133975
Author:
Taylor, Laini
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world in this grim sequel to her masterful Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The war between chimaera and seraphim is in full force, with Karou reluctantly playing an essential — and painful — role. Having realized her destiny, she is now living it; feeling alone, abandoned, and betrayed, she is harder of body and of heart. Alternately focusing on Karou and her estranged love interest, the seraphim Akiva, Taylor traces their parallel discouragement at the perpetuation of bloodshed between their peoples. Since the first book is, at heart, a love story and a journey of self-discovery, its fans may be surprised to find this one is primarily a war story, filled with battle scenes, killings, anger, and hatred. The occasional scenes with Karou's Czech friends Zuzana and Mik bring welcome moments of lightheartedness and humor. Taylor's dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction, even if it offers less of the cross-genre appeal that made its predecessor so extraordinary. Ages 15 – up. Agent: Jane Putch, Eyebait Licensing & Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The future of Karou, her ill-fated romance with Akiva, and the survival of both of their races await readers in the concluding volume; it promises to be a doozy."
"Review" by , "Taylor manages to make a five-hundred-page epic read at a breakneck speed that will have readers struggling to finish in one sitting. This sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone will paradoxically satisfy readers' desire for more of Karou's story while leaving them begging for the third installment."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Emotionally intense...memorable characters and turns of phrase."
"Review" by , "The next Next Big Thing."
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