Laini Taylor

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Days of Blood and Starlight

By Laini Taylor

It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE... This November, the story continues in the astounding, must-read 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.

I like to spread the word when I come across a book that excites me. I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor last weekend (sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and I'm all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment. Be prepared.)The second instalment is much darker, with more epic battles, suffering and loss . . . The ending is absolutely incredible - with a twist that completely catches you by surprise, leaving you dying to find out what happens next.Plunges us into a world of beauty and horror . . . intricately plotted . . . it's a book that flies between worlds on blood-tipped wings and grips like a magical vice.

It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE... This November, the story continues in the astounding, must-read sequel, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT

Laini Taylor is the author of four previous books, the most recent of which, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, was described by the Guardian as 'remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy'. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie. Visit her website: www.lainitaylor.com. Follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/lainitaylorAmazon.com Top Ten Book of 2011 - in the same list as Before I Go to Sleep, IQ64, The Tiger's Wife, The Marriage Plot and The Art of Fielding.Sold over 20,000 copies of the UK first edition through Bookscan.The fantasy is wonderfully creative yet also extremely accessible. It has the same dark feel about it that made Northern Lights and The Passage so popularOur innovative, global marketing plan matches our huge ambitions for it.Universal won a hotly contested auction involving four major studios and a top independent production company for film rights to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE!!An avalanche of reviews, endorsements from notable authors, and shortlisted on over a dozen prizes - all of this confirms our early faith in Laini Taylor's enormous potential to be the next phenomenon.

Sequel to the extraordinary DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

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.

Laini Taylor is the author of three previous books, the most recent of which, Lips Touch: Three Times, was a silver medal finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their baby daughter Clementine Pie.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By Laini Taylor

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a book unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where THE PASSAGE meets PHILIP PULLMAN and TWILIGHT meets PAN'S LABYRINTH.

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

'Remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy.' GUARDIAN

WOW. I wish I had written this book.Remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy.The world-building descriptions and language stop your heart and then, like a defibrillator, start it up again.Mesmerising.Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth.The hardcover was a great success - strong, sustained sales and masses of press and award nominations. It's got the feel of a very big book.Sold over 15,000 copies of the hardcover and eBook editions through Bookscan.The narrative style is extremely strong - the beautiful, storytelling voice grabs you immediatelyThe fantasy is wonderfully creative yet also extremely accessible. It has the same dark feel about it that made Northern Lights and The Passage so popular.Mainstream fantasy is one of the very few growth areas in a declining market. Laini's novel introduces readers to an incredibly enticing world which reveals something quite unexpected . . .Our ambitions for the paperback are huge, and we'll be supporting this publication with an innovative and impressive marketing campaign.Sold in thirty languages so far.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth.

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

Laini Taylor is the author of three previous books, the most recent of which, Lips Touch: Three Times, was a silver medal finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their baby daughter Clementine.

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Goblin Fruit: An eBook short story from Lips Touch

By Laini Taylor

From the author of the astounding must-read novel DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, comes a vividly imaginative short story, GOBLIN FRUIT (from the award-winning short story collection LIPS TOUCH).

Kizzy wanted it all so bad her soul leaned half out of her body hungering after it, and that was what drove the goblins wild, her soul hanging out there like an un-tucked shirt.

Beware of souls that want too much.

Kizzy's family are from the Old Country. They cut the heads off chickens, have anvils in their yard and sing songs in a language that her teachers have never heard of. They believe in talking foxes, witch soldiers and goblins who crave the souls of a particular type of girl. Girls who wish they were prettier, had normal relatives and, most of all, were noticed by the boy they have fallen for at school.

Girls like Kizzy...

'Taylor's three novellas form a triptych of beautiful fantasy writing reminiscent of Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman''Even nonfantasy lovers will find themselves absorbed by Taylor's masterful, elegant work.'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.'WOW. I wish I had written this book.'Trust us, it's brilliantYou don't want this book to end . . . it's cancelling-weekend-plans, stay-up-all-night-addictive.Northern Lights and Pan's Labyrinth in one.Laini Taylor's imagination is vivid.A masterful mix of reality and fantasy with cross-genre appeal. Exquisitely written and beautifully paced.From the author of the astounding must-read novel DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, comes a vividly imaginative short story, GOBLIN FRUIT (from the award-winning short story collection LIPS TOUCH).Laini Taylor is the author of three previous books, the most recent of which, Lips Touch: Three Times, was a silver medal finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their baby daughter Clementine Pie. Visit her website: www.lainitaylor.com. Follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/lainitaylorFrom the prize-winning short story collection LIPS TOUCH, an eBook exclusive edition of GOBLIN FRUIT, a tantalizing fantasy short story reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.'Taylor's three novellas form a triptych of beautiful fantasy writing reminiscent of Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman' Booklist, starred reviewDaughter of Smoke and Bone sold over 20,000 copies of the UK first edition through Bookscan.Laini Taylor's writing is wonderfully creative yet also extremely accessible. It has the same dark feel about it that made Northern Lights and The Passage so popularUniversal won a hotly contested auction involving four major studios and a top independent production company for film rights to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE!!The publication of Daughter of Smoke and Bone was met with an avalanche of reviews, endorsements from notable authors, and numerous prize nominations. This all confirms our early faith in Laini Taylor's enormous potential to be the next phenomenon.
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Muse of Nightmares

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor

'Muse of Nightmares is a philosophical fantasy adventure, an epic love story, a daring quest that demands to be read and reread and deserves to be remembered forever.' Katherine Webber The first hardback print run of Muse of Nightmares will have beautiful sprayed edges. Available for pre-order only! Don't miss out on this extra-special version of the book. AN ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY UNMISSABLE YA NOVEL FOR AUTUMN 2018**********************Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise. She was wrong. In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice - save the woman he loves, or everyone else? - while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with the thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.'I was afraid to read too quickly because I didn't want it to be over . . . Laini has done something so special with this duology . . . It will leave you changed forever' Samantha Shannon'Coming off a boatload of recognition for that series-starter, the author is promising an even richer read . . . Taylor asks big questions about life and death in the new book, as humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the Citadel's near-fall.' Entertainment Weekly**********************Praise for Strange the Dreamer AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERAN AUDIBLE BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF 2017A GOODREADS CHOICE BEST BOOK OF 2017A PASTE MAGAZINE BEST AUDIOBOOK OF 2017AN NPR 2017 RECOMMENDED READAN AMAZON BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF 2017'Magical' Grazia'Prepare to be enchanted' Sun'Pulls you into its dreaming world and makes it hard to leave.' SciFiNow'Reads like a dream. One for you, your best friend, and any lover of myths and monsters you know' Heat'Leaves the reader enthralled, enchanted and entirely entranced' New York Journal of Books'Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other' Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom'Laini Taylor set my imagination on fire so hard that it spontaneously combusted . . . This is the kind of story that paves dreams.' Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star Touched Queen

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Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor

'Prepare to be enchanted' SunThe magical Sunday Times bestseller by Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy*********The dream chooses the dreamer.Since he was five years old, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to go in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself - in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep to cut it off from the world? What did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?The answers await in Weep, but so do many more mysteries - including the blue-skinned goddess who visits Lazlo's dreams . . .The magical sequel, MUSE OF NIGHTMARES, is now available to pre-order!*********A recipient of the Michael L. Printz Honor award for excellency in YA literature'Magical' Grazia'A stunning, sensory feast of a novel' Dail Mail'Leaves the reader enthralled, enchanted and entirely entranced' New York Journal of Books'Laini Taylor is so damn good and like no other' Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

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Night of Cake and Puppets

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor

Which is what one always hopes will happen:for life to take over and be bigger and more marvellous than what we can dream up on our own.**********In the gorgeously illustrated graphic novel edition of the original e-novella NIGHT OF CAKE & PUPPETS, a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy is brought to life: the magical first date of Zuzana and Mik. This is the perfect treat for fans of the series and new readers alike. **********Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her 'rabid fairy', her 'voodoo eyes' are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or 'Violin Boy', her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to meet him, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It's a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter's night before finally leading him to the treasure: herself . . . Violin Boy's not going to know what hit him.**********'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' Patrick Rothfuss on DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE

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The Complete Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy is unbounded by genre but located at a magical crossroads where The Passage meets Philip Pullman and Twilight meets Pan's Labyrinth.Karou is a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague, but she has a second life working as the errand-girl to the creature Brimstone from Elsewhere: a world of gods, chimaeras and seraphims. But her already extraordinary life is pushed into new realms when the door between Earth and Elsewhere begins to close and Karou is thrust into a war that could change both worlds forever.With DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT and DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS in one place you won't have to be 'tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment' (Stephenie Meyer) - step into a world of gods and monsters and be prepared for love, violence and magic aplenty.

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Lips Touch

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor

An award-winning short story collection from the author of the must-read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy.In Victorian times, goblins offered sumptuous fruits in exchange for maidens' souls... and were usually successful. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy young women? Discover the answer in GOBLIN FRUIT. In SPICY LITTLE CURSES a demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test the curse placed upon her. And in HATCHLING, six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor
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Days of Blood and Starlight

Laini Taylor
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Laini Taylor
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Spicy Little Curses Such as These: An eBook Short Story from Lips Touch

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor

From the author of the astounding must-read novel DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, comes a vividly imaginative short story, SPICY LITTLE CURSES (from the award-winning short story collection LIPS TOUCH).

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Laini Taylor
Authors:
Laini Taylor

The world crossing, boundary breaking fantasy phenomenon for fans of Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman. Welcome to ELSEWHERE. 'It's totally EXCELLENT, EPIC, PERFECT! No words. Certainly one of the best fantasy books I've ever read!' Goodreads Reviewer, five stars. 'WOW. I wish I had written this book.' Patrick Rothfuss In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself.Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.'Remarkable and beautifully written . . . The opening volume of a truly original trilogy.' GUARDIAN

Laini Taylor

Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas. Thanks for reading!! www.lainitaylor.com; @lainitaylor

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Through all its beautiful writing...[it] broke my heart into a million pieces, put it all together, and then broke it again. And I loved it.

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