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

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  41,054 ratings  ·  6,171 reviews
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.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her,...more
Kindle Edition, 517 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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*

“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.”
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 grip...more

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...more
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...more

Me, when finally getting the book:

Me, throughout the whole (yes, whole, there's not a single thing to feel happy about here) reading:

And basically, this is me afterwards:

Seriously, this book is depressing. It's awesome too, Laini Taylor it's a magician or an alien or something, but I'm convinced she's probably not from this planet. She's probably from Eretz, actually.

You know how in most depressing stuff (Doctor Who, Mark of Athena, Doctor Who, a good measure of britis...more
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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
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...more
First I was like: Who the hell am I supposed to root for here??

Then I was like: Shit, this is intense.

Then I was like: Why can't everybody just get along?!

Then I was like: DAYUM! Shit just got real interesting!

And in the end I was like: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MOAR!!!

Days of Blood and Starlight is over 500 pages long, but I swear, it felt more like 300, the pages just flew out of my hands. Taylor's writing is still spectacular, poetic and magical and her imagination still baffles the shit out of me...more
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.
Stacia (out of inspiration)
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 live...more
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...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
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...more
Final rating: ★★★★★★/★★★★★

“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
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
OMiGosh! THE COVER! THE COVER! So.Freaking.Love-It :D
*sigh September November? for real? you want me death now?
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...more
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
curious little beastie

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...more
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...more
I hate yet love how the description gives nothing away....I won't know what to expect now.

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,...more

Days of Blood and Starlight went beyond my expectations. I have never thought that a sequel could be as amazing as the first one! Normally, sequels proceed with a steady romance and a relentless struggle against the evil guys but this one... it completely blew me away.

Days of Blood and Starlight was all about
Despair and

The quote "Reprisal begats reprisal" is very apt for this book. This book is a page turner, a mind - blowing page turner and it will k...more
Wendy Darling
*deep breath* Here goes nothin'.

(I liked, but didn't love Smoke & Bone, for those of you just joining the broadcast...)

Blistering, savage, dark and complex -- this sequel lives on the very hinterlands of YA fantasy -- a rare jewel of flawless intensity. It is a mature read dealing with very adult themes -- war, vengeance, brutality, racism. We have seraphim and chimaera slaughtering each other for a millennium. Their hatred of each other knows no end. Their children are born into it, are raised on it, are sent out into the world willing to kill and die for it.

There is an unrelenting, gripping reality to this wa...more
*1,000 stars*

Any words I could say praising this book would not be enough.
Everything is on point, the characters, the world, the writing, the action, the plot, the romance, everything!!
I am so emotionally and mentally over-whelmed by this book. The story is so intricate and just mind-blowing!
This sequel is much darker than the first one and some parts left me in tears and the writing gave me goosebumps. I am fascinated by this world and I adore the characters! Everything has so much depth and th...more

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was an exquisitely crafted fairytale - a world with two moons, a girl with blue hair, a forbidden love that lasted beyond a lifetime. Impeccable in its world-building and stunning in its narration, DoSaB affected me in a way I never imagined any paranormal romance could.

Days of Blood and Starlight however, is no fairytale. It tells the story of a world ravaged by vengeance, of cities turned into tombs, of blood and revenge, annihilation and war. Of a choice between lov...more
5+++ EXCEPTIONALLY BRILLIANT STARS!! WOW...JUST WOW!! When is the next book going to be released?? Please do not tell me I have to wait for a year, I might just rip my hair out of my head!

If you have the opportunity to listen to the audio version of this will bring the book to life!!
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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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“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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