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       Days of Blood & Starlight, p.38

         Part #2 of Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor
 

  … to be continued

  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  Whew.

  It always comes as a relief to get to this page, because it means I have finished a book—a thing that gets easier in some ways over time, but not in all ways. Every story is its own challenge, and in the middle I find myself relying on the quote “It always seems impossible until it is done.” Because it does. (I didn’t know who said that until just this moment when I googled it, and now that I know it was Nelson Mandela, finishing a novel doesn’t seem like such a big accomplishment after all. Thanks a lot, Nelson Mandela.)

  Ha. But truly, it is an accomplishment, and I owe deep thanks to some wonderful people:

  First and best, my husband, Jim Di Bartolo, who is not only my earliest and most crucial reader, but also my fort holder-downer and slack picker-upper when I am struggling to balance writing with life. My books would not be what they are without you, and neither would my life, which I would not trade for any other life, real or fictional, not for anything. Thank you for the happy!

  Clementine, age two, who, when I left in the mornings to write, would call after me, “Say hi to Karou!” Look, my little Pie, I finished the ham! Very soon, I would like to write a book for you.

  Always, my parents, for everything they’ve always done to help me be me. I am so lucky to have you.

  My agent, Jane Putch, friend and partner. I truly would be lost without you. Thank you.

  With my arms flung as wide as they will go, a huge thanks to the amazing teams at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the U.S. and Hodder & Stoughton in the U.K. for parallel amazing publishing experiences that make this all twice as much fun. At Little, Brown, thanks especially to Alvina Ling, editor extraordinaire; Lisa Moraleda, Bethany Strout; Victoria Stapleton; Melanie Chang; Andrew Smith; Megan Tingley; Stephanie O’Cain; Faye Bi; the design team; and everyone else who squeezed the publishing schedule to within an inch of its life to accommodate my pace and get the book out on time (ish). I’m sorry for any stress I have caused. Thanks also to Amy Habayeb and the rights team—getting the foreign editions in the mail is one of my favorite things!

  At Hodder, massive thanks to Kate Howard and Eleni Lawrence and the rest of the team. Everything you do blows me away.

  And thanks, lastly, to the readers of Daughter of Smoke & Bone for such marvelous enthusiasm and support. There is no motivation quite like the excitement of readers, and it has been a truly amazing year. From the depths of my heart, I hope you like this one, too.

  XO

  Contents

  WELCOME

  DEDICATION

  MAP

  CHAPTER 1: THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE

  CHAPTER 2: ASH AND ANGELS

  CHAPTER 3: MISS RADIO SILENCE

  CHAPTER 4: NO MORE SECRETS

  CHAPTER 5: A STRANGE MOON WORD

  CHAPTER 6: THE VESSEL

  CHAPTER 7: PLEASE NO

  CHAPTER 8: THE END OF AFTERMATH

  CHAPTER 9: TEETH

  CHAPTER 10: HIVE

  CHAPTER 11: THE UNFATHOMABLE WHY

  CHAPTER 12: I FEEL HAPPY

  CHAPTER 13: ASYMMETRY

  CHAPTER 14: THIS DESOLATION OF ANGELS

  CHAPTER 15: FRACTURED

  CHAPTER 16: THE INHERITORS

  CHAPTER 17: THE PAIN TITHE

  CHAPTER 18: ARISEN

  CHAPTER 19: PARADISE

  CHAPTER 20: A COUNTRY OF GHOSTS

  CHAPTER 21: SCARED ENOUGH

  CHAPTER 22: THE TOOTH PHANTOM

  CHAPTER 23: PRIESTESS OF A SANDCASTLE

  CHAPTER 24: ANGEL-LOVER

  CHAPTER 25: ENEMY QUEUE FORMS HERE

  CHAPTER 26: GRIEVOUS HARM

  CHAPTER 27: GREAT WILD HEART

  CHAPTER 28: THE WORST KIND OF SILENCE

  CHAPTER 29: THE DEVILS WILL STILL BE THERE IN THE MORNING

  CHAPTER 30: A POOR JUDGE OF MONSTERS

  CHAPTER 31: TALLY

  CHAPTER 32: DEATH RULED THEM ALL

  CHAPTER 33: THE SHADOWS THAT LIVE

  CHAPTER 34: CELEBRATION

  CHAPTER 35: ROLES TO PLAY

  CHAPTER 36: FEEL LIKE SMILING

  CHAPTER 37: SUICIDE

  CHAPTER 38: THE INEVITABLE

  CHAPTER 39: TASK NUMBER ONE

  CHAPTER 40: WRONG

  CHAPTER 41: MAD ALCHEMY

  CHAPTER 42: LUCKY ZIRI

  CHAPTER 43: AN AMUSING STORY

  CHAPTER 44: SOME LUXURIES

  CHAPTER 45: DEAD

  CHAPTER 46: UN-ALIVE

  CHAPTER 47: ASSASSINS AND SECRET LOVERS

  CHAPTER 48: FASCINATING GUEST

  CHAPTER 49: A TRUE SMILE

  CHAPTER 50: LIKE JULIET

  CHAPTER 51: THE BETTER TO KILL YOU WITH

  CHAPTER 52: A SUMMONING OF BIRDS

  CHAPTER 53: HEROES

  CHAPTER 54: RECOGNITION

  CHAPTER 55: THE EMPEROR’S PROWESS

  CHAPTER 56: A SURPRISE

  CHAPTER 57: A BASKET OF FRUIT

  CHAPTER 58: HONEY AND VENOM

  CHAPTER 59: SWEET GIRL

  CHAPTER 60: THE NEW GAME

  CHAPTER 61: A LOT OF DEAD AKIVAS

  CHAPTER 62: CHAIN

  CHAPTER 63: LUCK FRICTION

  CHAPTER 64: A NICER NUMBER

  CHAPTER 65: BEAST REQUIEM

  CHAPTER 66: KILL THE MONSTER. CHANGE THE WORLD.

  CHAPTER 67: THE ONLY HOPE IS HOPE

  CHAPTER 68: SIRITHAR

  CHAPTER 69: SCRATCHING

  CHAPTER 70: LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR

  CHAPTER 71: THE PIT

  CHAPTER 72: A SAD WASTE OF PAIN

  CHAPTER 73: THE SCREAM

  CHAPTER 74: THE CURE FOR ENNUI

  CHAPTER 75: IT WAS NEAR AND IT WAS WINGS

  CHAPTER 76: DEAD WEIGHT

  CHAPTER 77: TO LIVE

  CHAPTER 78: THE ANGEL AND THE WOLF

  CHAPTER 79: DONE

  CHAPTER 80: THE DECEPTION

  CHAPTER 81: VEINS OF CHANCE

  CHAPTER 82: TOP THREE REASONS FOR LIVING

  CHAPTER 83: GOOD-BYE

  CHAPTER 84: APOCALYPSE

  EPILOGUE

  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  COPYRIGHT

  Copyright

  This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.

  Copyright © 2012 by Laini Taylor

  Map copyright © 2012 by Jim Di Bartolo

  All rights reserved. In accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, the scanning, uploading, and electronic sharing of any part of this book without the permission of the publisher constitute unlawful piracy and theft of the author’s intellectual property. If you would like to use material from the book (other than for review purposes), prior written permission must be obtained by contacting the publisher at [email protected] Thank you for your support of the author’s rights.

  Little, Brown and Company

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  First e-book edition: November 2012

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  ISBN 978-0-316-21540-4

 


 

  Laini Taylor, Days of Blood & Starlight

  (Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone # 2)

 

 


 

 
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