Synopsis: 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. Forhope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
Date Published: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Date Read: May 2013
Series: Book 2 of Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy
Goosebumps and chaotic, unsettling, undiscovered emotions took over me after I slowly closed the book. I was just staring blankly at my wall not knowing what to do next or where to go. Dumb-founded, awestruck, tongue-tied do not even define the whirlwind of emotions I was having. I hated the fact that I allowed it to take over my emotions just like that, well who in their right minds wouldn’t have allowed that? Just like the Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I let Days of Blood and Starlight take me into its world without tad bit of hesitation. I couldn’t be any happier that I did. The book was perfectly plotted. All the scenarios were very detailed, very vivid and my imaginations were working like crazy.
This book is the other half of the bacon, also that good. The use of words were perfect. And oh the new characters made the trilogy even more exciting. There still so many things yet to unfold and it really sucks to wait for a year for the final installment. But being the nerd masochist that I am, I would willingly wait for it.
Only one criticism I had for this book, that is its phasing, I found it slow, but still it was all good. Eventually every chapter becomes a necessary part of what will unfold next. All it needs is patience. I thought of this maybe because the first book’s events happened so fast, too many secrets were revealed so when compared to book two I found the phasing slow. Yes, there were a lot of secrets were revealed too, but not as something that would instantly send you at the edge of your seat. As I said, it is still all good. The book is still nothing short of perfect and amazing to me.
This book without a doubt would become my favorite trilogy of all trilogies or of all series that is. (Some of you would have to respect that) Laini Taylor’s talent on stringing the perfect words will never go unnoticed. She’s one of the few authors who can do that and pull it off, and I highly commend her for it. The book will just let you feel that you are a part of its world, that you are physically there and that it what won me over and over.
Did I mention that I cried (rather sobbed hysterically) over Chapter 50? You have to read it to find out.
So did I like the book? Loved it! Will I recommend it? Just did!
I will give this book 5 Amazing Akiva Stars!
“Dead souls dream only of death. Small dreams for small men. It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is”