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Days of Blood & Starlight

(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  155,855 ratings  ·  14,760 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,
Hardcover, 517 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Cameron Pokrifcak I think they COULD; however, if they lost a battle you want to be in and out as quick as possible to get the souls and extracting teeth would most lik…moreI think they COULD; however, if they lost a battle you want to be in and out as quick as possible to get the souls and extracting teeth would most likely take too much time. As for when they win, I am not sure. All I can think of is that nobody but Brimstone and his trusted circle know about how resurrection works. They don't know that teeth are a vital part of it. It is mentioned throughout the series that Brimstone created the revenant magic himself and it brings about a great deal of pain (since pain is needed for magic). Because of that, he does not share the knowledge of revenant magic or its secrets with others because he does not wish to burden anyone else with that pain. As a result, the chimera would have no way of knowing that teeth are needed and would not have any reason to extract them when all they know is that the soul is needed to be extracted.
*Also, they might not want seraphim scouts seeing them extract teeth(less)
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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Mountain View

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

Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I am impressed by the ode I wrote to this novel when I first read it. What a gush! Like this book still, although I feel it’s a little long. Impressive world-building.


“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 wok
Tharindu Dissanayake
Aug 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
"She-devil sighting in southern Italy"

Laini Taylor is down to business with this second book, Days of Blood & Starlight (I don't think I'll remember the title though). Even though the my ratings for both books up to now ended up being 4-stars, this one was a solid 4+ where as the first one was only a rounded up 3.5. So, it's really Goodreads fault.

"My misanthropy knows no bounds. Hate rises off me like cartoon heat waves."

This one really made it clear that the first book was only a backs
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
*Reread with For Love Of A Book

This book is amazing and it made me cry for really sad things and really good things and just OMG!

Once upon a time,
an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And it's snap split the world in two.


Karou is living with the evil freaking Thiago and the other chimaera. They are all hateful and evil with the exception of a few. But I won't go into that without giving away some major spoilers that you need to read for yourself. OMG!

Karou is now the resu
Helena Paris

“Dead souls dream only of death. Small dreams for small men. It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is.”

But of course, my favourite instalment in the DOSAB trilogy has the honour of being my 50th Goodreads review! ;)


(P.S. How did this happen???! I only began reviewing books in June! How did I manage to review 50 books in less than 5 months?! I am shooketh…)

Where to begin? Where to BEGIN? Now that I’m finally reviewing (arguably – as it changes on a day-to-day basi
"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 g

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

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.


Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!
Meredith Holley
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pol Pot
Recommended to Meredith by: Stalin
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
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
Hannah Azerang
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay. when i read ‘daughter of smoke and bone,’ i complained that the relationship felt too insta-lovey. and now after reading this, im going to complain that there wasnt enough love. WHO EVEN AM I?! i just really want to see karou and akiva happy and heathy and in love. is that too much to ask!?

overall, this wasnt bad! ive seen nothing but absolute obsession when it comes to this series, and i desperately wanted to feel the same. after ADOSAB, i thought i was on the right track, but after read
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
YES! This was better!
Mainly because and I'm sorry to say, I don't care much about Akiva and Karou. In this we get more of the other characters and everyone needs Zuzana and Mik even if you don't know you do.

Oh and the world! The world! THE WORLD!
This felt like it's happening outside my door. Most of the action is happening in Morrocco and gosh darn it felt like home.
The food, the places, all of it is just so familiar.
The Kasbah, which are these ancient castles and homes clustered around them. Th
Whitney Atkinson
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm currently mourning that I don't own the third book :/

I like this series! I forgot how amazing the writing is and how much I love these characters. I'm really into this magic system with the animal hybrid characters; I think it's super neat. This one dragged a little, even though I like that it's set somewhere in the world that I've never read about before. It was just a little bit stagnant because pretty much this entire book was characters watching the war from the sidelines, whereas I thin
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Elle (ellexamines)
I have to admit, I wasn't worried I wouldn't love this. I loved book one, after all! But this sequel is even better. In terms of character work and romantic arcs, I'm amazed at how far Laini Taylor has come.


The writing here is possibly even more beautiful. Laini Taylor's writing flows across the page to the point where instead of skipping across paragraphs as I usually do, I was hanging on her every word. It's so simple and yet so gorgeous. I'd read her groce
“A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all.” 

After finishing Daughter of Smoke & Bone., I immediately picked up the second book because this is one of those series you just can’t put down until you know every possible detail about it. For once, I’m really happy I didn’t start this series when it first came out because how can you possibly wait a whole year between each new release? This is what I like to call a marathonable series.
The plot:
This book took a turn for the bleak. I
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Days of Blood and Starlight is the second installment in Laini Taylor's hugely popular Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. The good news is that I did enjoy this one more than the first book in the series.

After finishing that one, I was actually on the fence about whether or not to even continue.

In this book, (view spoiler) and it is one she definitely grows into as the story unfolds.

She is suffering with severe grief and bec
Dec 04, 2011 marked it as to-read

Exactly what I felt like after reading the publication date.


Ooh. Days of Blood and Starlight. Nice title.
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
Charlotte May
"And on Akiva's face, gratitude vied with the emptiness that Liraz had started thinking of as his death wish look. She remembered a time when Akiva had laughed and smiled, when in spite of the violence of their lives he had been a full person, with a full range of emotion. He had never had Hazael's sunshine demeanour - who did? But he had been alive. Once upon a time."

A fantastic continuation of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I loved being back in the world of Seraphim and Chimera.

Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: buddy read with sandra, jenny and meg
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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 07, 2011 marked it as to-read
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 not
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5★ | Just like any other author, Laini Taylor books are either for you or they're not. It's really amazing how a reader like me who loves fast paced books, loves whatever Laini Taylor writes—aka such addictive and descriptive books. I am so enthralled by the storyline and the concepts, the rich and vivid writing, and how from a book of rainbows and sunshine, it went on to be a book so dark and heavy.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone 3.99★
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