Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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?
Review: Days of Blood and Starlight is the sequel to the wonderful Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This time around, the stakes are a lot higher and there is more suspense and danger. While Days of Blood and Starlight might be a long book, it never feels like it. The pages fly by and you find yourself immersed in this world that Karou is finally starting to understand.
I don't want to give too much away if you haven't read the first book, so I'll just say that Daughter of Smoke and Bone revealed a lot of secrets, both good and bad, and Days of Blood and Starlight is the aftermath of that. Karou is trying to save an entire race, and she's not sure she can ever trust Akiva again. It's difficult to watch both of them suffer, unsure about the other, but trying to hold on to hope. I loved that the book focuses on different points of views, all in third person. It's mostly Karou and Akiva, but not always, and this really helps shape the entire story.
As I write this, I'm already a little way's into Dreams of Gods and Monsters, so I'm excited to see how it all ends!