Title: Days of Blood & Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: urban fantasy, young adult, romance, paranormal
Order in series: Book # 2 in a trilogy
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Length: 513 pages
(total of 84 chapters + an epilogue)
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 secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
Prague, early May. The sky weighed gray over fairy-tale rooftops, and all the world was watching.
What made me get it and thoughts on the cover
What— To continue with the story, of course.
The cover — This time the color is red. In the cover of the first book the name of the author was written in red to introduce the color of the 2nd book so here, the author’s name and the part showing from the praise page is yellow – which is the color of the last book.
As expected I also loved the sequel. Action-packed with so many interesting character development. Karou was busy with Thiago building an army of stronger chimeras while Akiva was trying to save as many of chimeras from being killed by his own people (angels..). Even though there weren’t many times of our couple together it was still exciting to read. I also believe that it made their two brief reunions even more impactful.
Zuzanna and Mick played a bigger role in the second book. They were so adorable and brave in getting themselves involved in the whole unearthly business. It does help that they were also having the time of their lives.
We get some more insight on Akiva’s mother and Jael’s dreadful ambitions. We also have a few flashbacks of the times Akiva spent with Madrigal.
I’m still angry about Hazael’s death. I know that writers always kill characters in YA books but why is it that it’s always the ones who love life and having fun who get killed off?!
I admire Laini Taylor’s storytelling more and more. She’d introduce new characters in a chapter and continue with them in more scenes in a way that keeps you questioning their necessity and then she connects them with a main character in a very clever way.
Ziri, the only surviving kirin left, was an interesting new character. He used to have a crush on Karou and he helps her out in midst of other chimeras who are filled with hate towards her. I liked that he was honest -like when he told Karou that he thought Akiva might have saved his life, he could’ve easily hid that piece of information to himself to not make her like Akiva again but he did what he felt was right.
There was this one scene with Thiago, by the pit, that was rather brutal and rough to read but it just increased my disgust towards the White Wolf. I’m glad we won’t see anymore of him.
A thrilling read. Seeing both Akiva and Karou leading a rebellion and fighting towards the same cause each in their own world was amazing. 5/5 stars
“It’s not a life worth living,” he said. “Not one worth handing on to children.”
“Children,” said Karou, and she was so bleak–and so beautiful. Akiva couldn’t help himself–he looked at her and looked at her, and he ached, looking, knowing he would never again touch her or see her smile.