Days of Blood and Starlight: A Book Review

Posted June 23, 2015 by Carlisa in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Days of Blood and Starlight: A Book ReviewDays of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Also by this author: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on November 6, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA
Pages: 517
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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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?

Days of Blood and Starlight is the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Like the first, I loved it. Taylor has such a way of building this beautiful, yet horrible world. Normal yet fantastical. Familiar yet entirely new. And the second one didn’t disappoint

Days of Blood and Starlight Review

I love the mixing of the normal and the fantastic. I talked about this in my review of DoSaB, but it rings true in this novel as well. Which is interesting to me because this novel is much, much more “fantastical.” I can’t think of a better word than fantastical, so I’m going to keep using it. Taylor uses Karou’s friends from Prague, Mik and Zuzana, to bring this sense of normal and real. And I love them. Zuzana might honestly be my favorite character. Anyways, these two are present so that we (since we’re humans and not mystical beasts or angels) can relate to the story in a deeper way. Also, the involvement of Zuzana just shows how truly important friendship is to this story. Zuzana was friends with Karou long before any of this craziness started happening. And they’re friends despite that. And I like that. I like that despite the madness and war and betrayal and torment, friendship is remembered and the small, secondary characters aren’t just forgotten. This was my only quip with the first, that I didn’t see Zuzana more, so I’m so glad she had a more important role in the sequel.

Along with Zuzana, Taylor also uses small characters to personalize the war. It’s literally a war of terror between the chimaera and the seraphim. Children and farmers are being slaughtered. And Taylor gives these small, brief moments from their perspective and it’s beautiful. Hauntingly beautiful, but beautiful nonetheless. I think this really helped me connect with the story. It also shows that there isn’t really good or evil. There’s good people on both sides, innocent people on both sides. But there’s also malicious and evil people on both sides. These moments of changing-perspective really give the reader that glimpse into the innocence of both chimaera and seraphim. If it was just a story about a war, I don’t know how much I would have liked it, connected with it. But I read from the perspectives of these small characters being affected by the war. And that affected me.

I think I mentioned this in my review of DoSaB too, but, oh well. Taylor’s pacing is perfection. Literally she knows just how long each chapter should be. Right when to switch perspectives. The very moment she should end a chapter or part of the book. She knows all how to do all of these things to make the reader want to keep reading…which is a good thing because these books are getting longer and longer.

I don’t even have anything bad to say about it. I just really, really liked it. And I’m already reading the third so prepare yourself for that review!

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