Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Also by this author: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Also in this series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Young Adult/Dystopian, Young Adult/Fantasy, Young Adult/Romance
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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?
I loved the first book in this series! It was my favorite book in I believe all of 2013, and remains my favorite audio book. I don’t know why I waited so long to dive into the audio of this book.
This book did start out a bit rough for my tastes. The book had numerous POVs and it was a little confusing to keep up with. Also I didn’t really understand the need for several of the POVs that were done throughout the book or even for certain parts of the book. I thought that Taylor was really stretching her worldbuilding and included things that I personally didn’t care about. I wanted more of Akiva and Karou but sadly this book did struggle.
I do have to say though that Taylor doesn’t make it easy for her leading couple. There is a huge war going on and I do give her props for not taking the easy way out. She really developed this war and all of the fighting on both sides in order to convey to her readers the sense that they are right in the middle of this grueling war with the characters. I did highly enjoy all of the struggles that the characters had to go through to get the results that they wanted. I particularly enjoyed watching Karou make tough decisions. She was truly on her own in this world of the monsters that once were just pages on her sketch books. I felt that Karou really did grow up more in this novel and we were really able to see this gritty side to her world of monsters that wasn’t there in the first book. I felt the first book showed the reader the wonders of this life and now we were able to see it at it’s very worst. What war really feels like when you are on two opposite sides.
I also love some of the small build-ups in this book because now the reader has something to look forward to. However, I will still say this book does suffer at times because it does have a very slow pace with a little too many POVs. So if you are ready for the long haul and possibly ready to read this one over the course of a couple months then this is the book for you. I did listen to some of this on audio because I love the narrator’s voice for these characters but I also read a lot of the book because the audio seemed to slow down the story even more and I believe the book will help for a faster pace.
Overall, this was a good addition to the series but it was very very slow and I want some big things to happen in the last book in the series.