Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Release Date: November 6th, 2012
Number of Pages: 528
Publisher: Little Brown, Books For Young Readers
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?
Wow. There was something utterly amazing about this book. I fell in love with Laini Taylor’s world in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I could not wait to fall right back in it. I do have to admit that the first part of the book was a little slow, and I had some trouble falling back into the story. Yet, which could have been helped if I had reread the first book. For once, I was happy that it took me so long to finish this book, because I simply didn’t want this book to end. Even when I was finally done with it, I couldn’t stop thinking about the story, and wondering what will happen next.
I was excited to see not only Karou’s story, but follow her friend Zuzana, see what was going on with Akiva, and many other characters. This gave such a better understanding of the world, and of what was happening at the time. I loved seeing how Karou changed through all the events of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. She became rougher, since she lost about everything by the end of the first book. And Akiva really came to life as a character in this sequel. We just learned so much about him, and we see the truth behind his past action, and I just couldn’t stop myself from falling for him.
One of the great parts of the novel is the writing, which is simply phenomenal. It brings everything to life so easily and makes the world so vivid and believable. I was simply caught by the prose used by Laini Taylor. For the second book in a series, Days of Blood and Starlight is packed with action and there is a story line that is for this book, which I think is important in a sequel. The ending leaves us wanting more, but we do get an ending for this book.
Overall, this book is simply amazing. If you still haven’t read Daughter of Smoke and Bones, you really need to sink you teeth into this series. If you have, the sequel is simply amazing and should be pushed higher on your TBR pile. I’m already dying to read the next book. Amazing series.
About the Author:
Laini Taylor is the author of the National Book Award Finalist Lips Touch: Three Times, as well as the novels Blackbringer and Silksinger. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter.