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, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
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"Taylor's dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction, even if it offers less of the cross-genre appeal that made its predecessor so extraordinary. " - Publishers Weekly
"Mostly about licking wounds in the wake of the opener's savage inner and outer conflicts, but well-endowed with memorable characters and turns of phrase." - Kirkus Reviews
"If you're a fan of YA fiction (paranormal/romance/horror/fantasy/whatever) even in the least, this is one book that you absolutely must read. The words, the prose, at times it's like a master storyteller is weaving their spell with words. The environments, the emotions each character feels, these are so poetically brought to life. Some would consider this "overwriting", I just consider it an opportunity to become even more immersed with the world and the characters." - Making the Grade (a YA Lit Review Site)
"Days of Blood and Starlight stutters initially for new readers but is a great story once you get into it and is definitely worth a look. It isn't a typical fantasy story so if you aren't in to that sort of thing, don't dismiss this book as you'll miss out on a treat." - The British Fantasy Society
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Laini Taylor is the author of five novels including Days of Blood & Starlight, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine.
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