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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,024 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laini Taylor Narrator: Khristine Hvam Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781619691995
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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."
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Any book that opens with ‘Once upon a time’ is inviting high expectations. It’s a phrase that inevitably evokes fairy tales and leather-bound classics about epic adventures, setting up the anticipation that readers will discover worlds filled with magic…In this case, the story that follows…is a breath-catching romantic fantasy about destiny, hope, and the search for one’s true self that doesn’t let readers down. Taylor has taken elements of mythology, religion, and her own imagination and pasted them into a believably fantastical collage.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world in this grim sequel to her masterful Daughter of Smoke & 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

  • “Taylor builds a thoroughly tangible fantasy world wherein a complex parallel universe competes with far-flung geographic locales for gorgeously evoked images. Karou herself is a well-rendered character with convincing motivations…The suspense builds inexorably, and the philosophical as well as physical battles will hold action-oriented readers. The unfolding of character, place, and plot is smoothly intricate, and the conclusion is a beckoning door to the next volume.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Taylor’s world is lush, sensual, and wonderfully original, featuring flawed characters and emotionally fraught decisions sure to resonate with readers…Issues of redemption, salvation, love, war, and morality make this novel perfect for classroom or book club discussion. Taylor manages to make a five-hundred-page epic read at a breakneck speed that will have readers struggling to finish in one sitting…Will paradoxically satisfy readers’ desire for more of Karou’s story while leaving them begging for the third installment.”

    VOYA

  • “Beautifully written.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Emotionally intense…Well-endowed with memorable characters and turns of phrase.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Jones | 1/25/2014

    " I loved this book even more than the first. I cannot wait for the third to come out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 1/15/2014

    " Days of Blood & Starlight is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Although it follows the conflict of Smoke and Bone very closely, the novels are very, very different. Smoke and Bone was poetic, beautiful, humorous and romantic. Blood & Starlight is dark, violent and complex. Once again Author Laini Taylor brilliantly uses the power of words, this time to illustrate how long held hatred destroys the ability of both the angels and the demons to think rationally or set goals that are in the best interest of their communities. The angels and demons of Blood & Starlight are each under the leadership of despot who doesn't care what happens to his subjects, only that they are capable of killing the enemy. The demons are on the verge of extinction after the bloody genocide attempted by the angels. Instead of protecting the few demons that are left, their leader pursues revenge killings. Both the demons and the angels have been brainwashed over hundreds of generations to believe they are the innocent victims of the other. Karou is conflicted. She desperately wants to believe she is fighting a noble war, but she sees the pain and carnage being inflicted on an already defeated demon world and wonders, "Why continue?" Akiva witnesses so many bloody deaths among his family, and he too wonders "Why continue?". Luckily, Karou and Akiva are not the only two disillusioned and heartbroken by the war. Voices of revolt are starting to rise in both communities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha Wiese | 1/14/2014

    " When this book began I thought..oh, no...they author had nothing left for this book. Got past the first few chapters and...again...I did not want to put the book down. There will be a 3rd. I am so ready. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shmemadoo | 1/13/2014

    " I was really dissapointed. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayleen Million | 1/12/2014

    " This storyline makes you never want to put this book down!!! Good job to the author on that! I wish that the third book was already out though cause I just want to keep on reading!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucia The Loyal Book | 12/29/2013

    " I need time to write this review. But the writing... oh, the writing is such a beautiful and fragile thing. LOVED every word "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madrigal | 12/8/2013

    " awesome followup can't wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 11/5/2013

    " This book is getting better and better! Can't wait to see what happens! Seriously though, he loves her and they should be together! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Farrell | 11/5/2013

    " Loved this book. Satisfying follow-up to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna Catalano | 11/1/2013

    " This was amazing! I can't wait for the third book! I can't think of anything else to say besides this was an awesome book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynn | 7/20/2013

    " I still am really enjoying this series, but this second installment took me longer to get into than the first. And by nature of the story, this sequel is darker and less hopeful than the introduction to the series. Either way, I'm sure I'll be eager for the third when it releases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Godley | 6/16/2013

    " a great continuation of the series - which ends on a cliffhanger. I can't wait for the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabra | 5/24/2013

    " Dang, a whole year for the final book? That is not good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 3/2/2013

    " Words to savor, yes indeed. Rich and true-spoken. Absolutely brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/18/2013

    " Days of Blood and Starlight was a wonderful sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It is a heartbreaking story that the characters live in but the theme of hope finally resurfaces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astley | 10/14/2012

    " This was an amazing sequel. It's pretty hard to find a sequel that is most likely better then the the first book. I can't wait for the next book "

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About the Author
Author Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the author of several novels, including 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.

About the Narrator

Khristine Hvam has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.