Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

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Read between: 11th- 14th August
Format: ebook
Published: November 16th, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown
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. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Rating: 003d1-threestar

Review: So…..funny story, my kindle has the books ordered wrong so I started reading the third one, and was pretty much done before I realised what I was reading didn’t make any sense….

So, now I have a better understanding of what happened after the first book, here’s my review!

After the events of Prague, Karou finds out what Akiva really did and the two go their separate ways, she goes to the chimaera to help them prepare for the inevitable war against the seraphs. Akiva goes to the seraph’s to find his father….and kill him. Each of them have their own missions in the war between their species.

There are lots of emotional moments in this book- deaths on both sides and a pretty horrible near-rape scene that was very hard to read. It’s that scene that lowered my rating just because I had to put the book down. However, the death that hurt the most was that of the Kirin, Ziri, because I felt Karou’s pain at losing one of her own.

An element I liked is that with Karou’s friend, Zuzana and her boyfriend Mik in the mix, there were plenty of light-hearted and funny moments too! It was also nice to get more of Akiva’s backstory, even if, as a Misbegotten, he isn’t overly liked by the other angels- especially the emperor (who is also his father.)

It is clear that that this book is setting up the scene for the third one which is probably why I didn’t connect with it as much as I did with the first one! The constant flicking between Karou’s situation and Akiva’s got confusing sometimes but it also worked well to progress their stories until they were reunited.

Zuzana and Mik are so cute though.

I enjoyed this book- I enjoyed the different sections and different locations- it added to the story.

The first book is still my favourite, this one was problematic in some places. Let’s hope the new Thiago is a little nicer though….I actually hate him.

Still, a good story, and I can’t wait to finish the series!
Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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