Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 6th 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Europe, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Monsters, Paranormal, People & Places, Young Adult
Source: Hardcover, Library, My Own
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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?
Laini Taylor does it again. She brings her wonderful character Karou back in “Days of Blood and Starlight.” I think that this is a fantastic sequel to the first book. Karou is not the fun spunky girl that we saw in “Daughter of Smoke and Bone.” She has grown up and embraced the reality that she is in. Her family is gone and she has to try to save who is left. Akiva is pretty much dead to her even though she won’t admit that a part of her truly misses him. Karou wants to protect the little bit of family that she has left.
It was definitely a new perspective seeing Karou no longer be her fun-loving self. Now she is caught between a rock and a hard place. She is working for the one man that she can’t stand just to try to get through each day. She wants to rebuild whatever she can from her former life. There is so much war and blood shed in this book. It was so sad at times. This is a much darker story then the first novel.
I love Taylor’s writing. I think she is amazing. This was a great addition to the trilogy. I have to say that the biggest thing that bothered me with this book is the first half was so incredibly slow. I was extremely disappointed in the fact that it seemed like everything was slow. It was hard getting into the story at first but as long as I pushed through I loved the second half.
Taylor creates amazing characters. I love them so much. I love getting to know each and every characters because they have so many sides and different aspects of their personalities. I felt like these characters where becoming my friends when they cried I cried. I just wanted the very best for them. I loved this book and I am really looking forward to the last one.
Then I was also listening to the audiobook. I really like the audiobook. I think the narrator was fantastic. Khristine kept my attention and made the big so fun to listen too. I looked forward to my drives to work because I was able to listen to this book. Now if only my turn at the library for “Dreams of Gods and Monsters” would get here so I can listen to that one too.