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

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  69,193 ratings  ·  8,498 reviews
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.

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 kil
Hardcover, UK, 513 pages
Published November 8th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published November 6th 2012)
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Esha Akiva told the seraphim of resurrection and of the revenants and destroyed Brimstone and his shop and indirectly, the other chimaera too. Karou let…moreAkiva told the seraphim of resurrection and of the revenants and destroyed Brimstone and his shop and indirectly, the other chimaera too. Karou let him escape in her previous life(sort of) and in his mourning and rage at chimaera, to end the war he betrayed the secrets of the chimaera. He did this after Madrigal(Karou's previous life) died.(less)
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“Let’s see. You know how, at the end of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet wakes up in the crypt and Romeo’s already dead? He thought she was dead so he killed himself right next to her?”

“Yeah. That was awesome.” A pause, followed by “Ow,” suggested elbow punctuation on the part of Mik.

Karou ignored it. “Well, imagine if she woke up and he was still alive, but…” She swallowed, waiting out a tremor in her voice. “But he had killed her whole family. And burned her city. And killed and enslaved her people.”

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone Review

This is the best sequel I have ever read.The first book was great ,but this one...perfection.Everything fits amazing,the characters had a truly development,they are perfectly explained and described,the background is smoky cool,and antique.The story is mind blowing,written so smart.There were some moments I was speechless,like what just happened.

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog

Mountain View


A-a whole year until the next book comes out?!

I can't.....I can't........ *snaps*


Woahhhhhhh. Did I just have a total trolly fan-girl rant... over a book? Taylor...

I think....I think I just need to go sit down. I feel so woozy. This series just does such weird things to me *looks at the release date again*

I mean reading this book was a hell of a ride. Taylor doesn't just like to rip things apart, she bloody well SHREDS them and scatters the remaining pieces into the wind.

Like, I mean this book is really not for the faint of heart. It brings back all the magic of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but there's more pain involved in this one, both physical and emotional.


"What are we fighting for? What are we killing for? What do you see when you look into the future?"

Gone are the first book's spunkiness and lightheartedness, and (thankfully!) the annoying romance angle (even though the deceiving and useless cover of this book may wrongly lead you thinking otherwise).

Instead the darkness and dirt and tiredness and betrayals and pain and weariness and hopelessness and violence and vengeance and grim determination set in, and it is so much more realized and gri

just... war.

i have read plenty of books about war before. fiction, yeah, but fiction about wars that actually happened: conflicts in europe, america, africa... but i have never read another book that did what this one did for me - i have never felt the horror of war as much as i felt in this one. and that's a little messed-up, right? that it would take a YA fantasy novel about imaginary battles between imaginary beings to bring the horrors of war and genocide into my emotional sphere?

in my
With it's amazing die-worthy gorgeous cover, how can this book be bad at all? Really? It would be a sin!

Days of Blood and Starlight is the fantastic sequel to the very well loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, where we met the lovely Karou and her unimaginable surroundings. Both the characters and world building in this series are created wonderfully and incredibly vivid--which is surreal for such an imaginative fantasy world. While we are taken on a mind blowing journey when this world unravels i
Clau R.
I think this is a 4.5...

Wow, just wow. *switches to spanish*

Les dije que mi GR era spanglish, y hoy se me antoja escribir en español. ES QUE A VER. No sé ni cómo expresar mi sentir sobre este libro, tuvo muchas cosas increíbles y pocas cosas que no me gustaron, así que empezaré con lo que no me gustó.

Creo que tuvo partes algo densas y aburridas, y las historias de algunos nuevos personajes no me interesaban para nada. Y otra cosa es que siento que le faltó esa MAGIA del primer libro. Yo me enam
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If Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a dream, a mirage, a masterpiece of writing and phrases and words, overlapped and edited and fine-tuned to create a perfection of romance, snark, and pulsating chemistry, all tinged with a palpable undertone of bittersweet, Days of Blood and Starlight is like a hard slap, the cold splash of water, and the startled opening of ones eyes into the bleak, war-ridden, fragile, and bloody reality of life. Unlike most trilogies which follow in a steady rhythm of romance ...more
Only one word can describe my feelings about this book:




Don’t take that the wrong way. I mean it in a good way. A very good way.

You know why I love this series so much? Because it’s different. I’d previously rage-quit reading anything even remotely YA because I just can’t with the contrived drama, and the angst, and the dopey, sappy, first time love, and the Mary Sues. The goddamn Mary Sues.

Authors, stahp it with the goddamn Mary Sues.

And then there’s the love triangles. Anyon
Jan 28, 2012 Ela marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Exactly what I felt like after reading the publication date.


Ooh. Days of Blood and Starlight. Nice title.
Nov 06, 2012 Kyle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
EDIT #11: I'm actually holding this beautifully book in my hands. I seriously don't know how I didn't spontaneously combust right then and there when the Customer Service lady handed it to me. <3

I'm not allowing myself to read it though until I finish NaNoWriMo. Just a little incentive to get writing.



EDIT #8: 24 MORE DAYS. 24 MORE DAYS OF TORTURE. Laini, I am begging you. Let this book be the exception, and n
Kat Kennedy
Days of Blood and Starlight was always going to be a hard sell after the stark and hauntingly beautiful Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I want to address the all-important question of whether Taylor has an obsession with the letters DBS or not.

Okay, fine. Not relevant. Really….party poopers.

Most of us had to prepare ourselves for the fact that DoBaS, like most middle child books, was probably not going to be quite as good as it’s older siblings. Personally, I always hold out hope for middle child bo
Stacia (the 2010 club)
These are the Days of Blood & Starlight.

Oh, Ellai, my hands will never be clean again.

4.5 stars. I want to crawl inside of Laini Taylor's head and live there for a little while. For every creative idea I've ever had, it feels like a penny compared to a hundred dollar bill. Laini falls on the idea-rich side.

In the past, you might have seen my enthusiastic gushing about book 1 and how I likened it to word porn. Because, you know, that's what it was - porn for the brain that wants to li
Oct 04, 2015 Kristalia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who like mature ya and combination of contemporary and high fantasy :D
Final rating: 5/5 stars

note: silkette is my irl friend and she gave me permission to use her photos for making this ♥

“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 hap
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Warning: this review contains inevitable spoilers for book 1 in the series.
Trigger warning: rape.

Laini Taylor is doing really interesting things with her series. When it comes to romance in the Paranormal/Fantasy YA landscape, more often than not the reader is presented with truly problematic pairings where rape culture is normalised and where insta-love is presented as par for de course and in lieu of actual romantic development.

Daughter of Smoke and
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
OMiGosh! THE COVER! THE COVER! So.Freaking.Love-It :D
*sigh September November? for real? you want me death now?
Aj the Ravenous Reader

"Mercy breeds mercy as slaughter breeds slaughter. We can’t expect the world to be better than we make it."

I do recall that I said the first book brought my girly wishes to life but this book, THIS BOOK! If I had murderous, savage, bloodthirsty wishes, this book would have definitely brought them to life.

I was completely exhausted from the never ending war between the angels and the chimaeras, the different kind of war dear, sweet Akiva is trying so hard to wage and the war inside Karou’s h
Karina E
basically 500 pages of heartbreak
Steph Sinclair
This was good and different. Definitely NOT what I was expecting and easily one of the most depressing stories I've ever read. GLASS CASE OF EMOTIONS.

I was desperately waiting for Days of Blood and Starlight to come out and, boy, this was quite a book. Don’t let the rating mislead you into thinking this wasn’t an excellent book because it was. The plot was tighter and the action much more intense than in the first book, but it’s just so incredibly sad that I felt mentally and emotionally draine
A million blazing stars in a stark desert sky and two pairs of wings broken down by circumstance – that’s how devastating this book is. Oh, how far we’ve come from our lonely blue haired girl in Prague, searching for answers and wishing for more. How far we’ve come from the tragic romance that seemed to be the driving force for this entire series. With this book, Laini Taylor brings her story to a completely different realm (literally and figuratively) and I am now so desperate for the third ins ...more
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Bloody Hell!..

.. this book is unbelievably wonderful, wonderfully amazing, amazingly beautiful, beautifully shocking, shockingly unpredictable.. And I could go on and on, praising it because this book is a masterpiece, a new wonder of the world next to the pyramids and the Great Wall of China and other natural or hand-made beauties.

I couldn’t stop reading it.. Really.
In fact, after finishing it, I needed to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone again (which I did and I loved it even more than before,
sunset shimmer

You know, I can be so damn stupid sometimes.

I feel so stupid that I didn't realize how breathtaking this series truly is. When I read book one for the first time, I was very detached from it. I thought the writing was gorgeous, yes, but I didn't connect with the characters or plot at all, and then the insta-love came and I was like "Oh great" and became even more detached.

But then.

Then, I re-read it. And that second time I realized how many details I missed, and it was so much easier for me to
I hate yet love how the description gives nothing away....I won't know what to expect now.

This book was amazing. I enjoyed the first book, but this one was leagues ahead.

The one thing I really appreciated about this story was the tone. I felt that Laini Taylor expertly captured the feeling of war. Taylor painted both sides as exhausted and frustrated, the soldiers were unable to articulate why they were fighting anymore. All they knew was blood. There was this air of hopelessness, this feeling that neither side was winning, that both were destroying themselves. But even within this
Ash Reads
decisions, decisions...lets say 4.5

This book had a really rough start in my opinion...I started this immediately after finishing DoS&B took forever for me to get into. I've been working on it for...almost a week, I think? There was just...a lot going on. Like book one, the writing style was quite confusing, but here, it was even more so because there are a lot of different POV's in this one, though Akiva and Karou's are the only constant ones. It was closer to 40% where I actually
Wendy Darling
*deep breath* Here goes nothin'.

(I liked, but didn't love Smoke & Bone, for those of you just joining the broadcast...)
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Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . abo ...more
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