Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
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 anoher 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?
This book takes a bit of a darker turn from the first book. There is a lot of darkness and struggle that really define the character of Karou. Karou means hope in Chimaeran and is a theme throughout the book. Hope for those that have been lost, hope for those who will come to the rescue, and hope to live another day.
The war between the Chimaera and the Angels has been waging since the beginning. The scales tip but there is always struggle and hate. Karou and Akiva hope that one day there will be peace, but that hope is In the distant past and both must focus on the present to survive. They are enemies, they always have been but now more than ever does Karou understand this.
As Karou discovers more of her unique abilities she creates weapons to aid the Chimaeran campaign, but also creating monsters that could turn at any minute. Feeling hopeless and alone, Karou struggles with her feelings for Akiva and for her people. With the strength of old friends, Karou is able to endure as the hope for a future grows, and her life dangles delicately in the white wolf’s den.
I would like to thank Little Brown for giving me the opportunity to discover this amazing series. I had won Days of Blood and Starlight in a Goodreads giveaway and was looking forward to reading the series. The books had crossed my path a few times before but not enough to stop me just yet, the timing wasn’t right. But when I received the second book in the trilogy only months before the final book was to be released, the book gods seemed to align the stars perfectly.
My only negative to Days of Blood and Starlight was that it took me longer to get into than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. DSB enveloped me where as DBS seemed more of an uphill journey. Once you reach the top (the middle) the ride becomes more enjoyable and prepares us for the finale to come.
For fiction lovers of any age I implore you to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It is a strange but dazzling novel filled with exciting new worlds and wonderful characters.
1. Book summary courtesy of Laini Taylor’s webpage