Days of Blood and Starlight. Laini Taylor. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal. 517 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Given as paperback]
“Once upon a time, a girl lived in a sandcastle, making monsters to send through a hole in the sky.”
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?
Second book that was given to me by Angelo and Peter for my birthday (shout out to you my wonderful sophomore friends)
Remember when I said there was no action in Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Well, this book was so full of action that I had to put the book down many times before continuing because my head was starting to spin from confusion.
After Laini Taylor has laid out the foundation of the world Karou, Akiva, and company are in, everything just falls into place and it’s the most glorious thing. There were so many issues to be addressed that I felt bad for Karou having to shoulder 90% of it.
In terms of characters, I loved them all. From Zuzana and Mik’s romance–that was so normal in a paranormal world, it was one of the things that kept the series grounded and heartwarming while giving you that trip into the fantastic–to Thiago and Ziri who just gave me chills every damn time. Such wonderful characters squished into a beautiful sequel where everything just made sense.
Action and romance beautifully combined with amazing dialogues and description. Well deserved 5 stars!