It began with the breathtaking Daughter of Smoke and bone... This November, the story continues in the astounding sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight 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.
“Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world in this grim sequel to her masterful Daughter of Smoke and 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 Starred Review)
“For once the frenzy over a teen novel is justified. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is one of those books that blots out reality, so consumed do you become in its fantasy world of chimeras and angels . . . inevitably there is an epic romance but Taylor is a talented writer; this is aeons apart from the usual angels and werewolves dross.” (Sunday Telegraph)
“'Daugther of Smoke and Bone is that rare beast: a novel that takes the familiar and makes it appear startling and new. Taylor has embraced the mythology of angels and reworked it in an extraordinary form, so that by the end of this lyrical, haunting book, I wanted to believe in the existence of these violent, tormented beings. I can hardly wait for the next installment.”
"WOW. I wish I had written this book." (Patrick Rothfuss)
"'You don't want this book to end . . . it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night-addictive." (Easy Living)
"Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one." (Stylist)
"A pacy and inventive tale of a girl with an unknown past and supernatural friends . . . Mesmerising." (Marie Claire)
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Absolutely can't get enough of these books.
I love everything about these books. The first one was like pulling a Christmas cracker expecting a rubbishy keyring inside and getting a Tiffany's diamond, and whats better is that this one is on the same par. The characterization is interesting, and not whitewashed. This is a book for the young people of today. There is sexuality, without the need for the parading of sex on every page. There is emotional turmoil yet there is a light side, the relationship between Karou and Suz is very well written, and it brings relief to the potential for darkness in this book. I also find the very basic idea of the Angels and Demons tale fascinating.
Its aiming for the same market as Twilight, but it is load, a thousand times better.
I like Issa. She is a serpent goddess with a hissing voice. Khristine Hvam has become one of my favourite female narrators, she is particularly skillful at giving each voice an individual quality, which is very hard. Her repertoire of voices is phenomenal .
It is too long to listen to in one sitting, but I have taken this on a long car journey and it saved my sanity in a traffic jam.
- Stephanie Paul