Monday, March 9, 2015

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor



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.

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I loved that Karou's friend Zuzana and her boyfriend, Mik, had a large part in this book. It would have been easy to leave these two out of the story, but they mean a lot to Karou, and it's nice to see how they are able to find ways to help her through this. It might be Karou's "destiny" to make things right, but she's not alone.

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!

16 comments:

Kindlemom said...

Thanks for the non-spoiler review! I haven't read this series but I do want to and your review does have me excited to try it out. :)

Melliane said...

It's always so interesting to get to learn secrets like that. I really need to start this series. great review!

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

I so need to read this series now, I just read this book that has been compared to it (and someone said they preferred this one) and since the only thing I liked about the book I just read was the plot line and world, I think I'd love this series. :D AND NOW I NEED TO KNOW.

Tracy Terry said...

Loving the cover, I'm so glad the book proved as enjoyable as I was hoping it would.

Keertana said...

This book is my favorite of the trilogy but the finale is stunning as is the debut, of course. But THIS BOOK. There's just something special about it. It hits you right in the gut with emotion and I adore, adore, ADORE it. So glad you enjoyed this one!

cleemckenzie said...

I have to read Daughter of Smoke and Bones! I have it. I just haven't gotten to it yet. Now I have her second book to catch up on. I need a faster treadmill.

Heidi Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I loved Mik and Zusanna in this one as well. This is still one of my all time favorite series. I am glad you are loving it as well.

Brandi Kosiner said...

I totally need to give this series a start

Loupe Duffy said...

I really enjoyed this one too! I'm glad you're enjoying the ride too :)
Well said!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I read the first two books and really liked them! I need to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters :)

Erika Sorocco said...

Gah! I seriously need to get my hands on this series!

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Aylee said...

This one was my favourite out of the three. SO fantastic!! And I agree, Zuzanna and Mik bring some much needed lightness to the plot! I would highly recommend the novella Night of Cake and Puppets, which tells the story of how they got together - it is just SO wonderful!

Diva Booknerd said...

I've read book one and need to start this one soon too Lauren, it sounds incredible! The info dumping at the end of book one turned me off a little, but it sounds as though this series just gets better and better. Lovely review, looking forward to continuing this soon <3

Lauren D. said...

Yay! So glad to hear you enjoyed this! I agree, I love the way Zuzanna and Mik are incorporated into this book and the next. They aren't supernatural but they still have an impact and that's awesome. Lovely review!

Lauren D. said...

Yay! So glad to hear you enjoyed this! I agree, I love the way Zuzanna and Mik are incorporated into this book and the next. They aren't supernatural but they still have an impact and that's awesome. Lovely review!

Sharons Book Nook! said...

This is new to me and it sounds interesting. Great review!