Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I like it! I like how the red stands out, the fact that we don’t see her whole face which leaves it up to imagination. I also really like the font.
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 find Lanini Taylor to be an excellent writer. Seriously. There was so much that went into this series I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get through it!
This book gets the reader so deeply submerged into the world of chimaera and seraphim as she takes us through the Emperor’s harem, chimaera’s tribal villages, seraphim barracks, ruins of Loramendi and excesses of Astrae, and then a look at what there is the borders of the land known to Akiva and Karou. Just so brilliantly done! SO much depth is invested into this story, it’s more than just Akiva and Karou and I so greatly admire and appreciate that as a reader as we explore fully the wonders of both worlds and the mix of it into ours.
This book has a different tone from the first book Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it’s darker. Everything from the storyline, situations, side stories, characters, overall plot just plummets into darkness. But among all the darkness lies that little ray of hope underlying the whole story. It’s all so exquisitely written you feel utterly exhausted when you’re done with the book but have to continue on with the story, you must see it through to the end!
The character development in this book is perfect, such deep feelings run deep with these characters. Laini introduces many new characters in this book, which is very interesting to see how they apply to the story and what will happen next. But whilst there are new characters around, the old favourites are still there – true to themselves which I like!
The story overall is very complex and with the first book being less so, it was an amazing start and this book did NOT at ALL have middle book syndrome. Wow. just wow.
Sexual Content: moderate
Language: mild (I think)