Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) – Laini Taylor

Blurb:

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?

Page Length: 517
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fantasy/YA

Characters: Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Mik, Ziri, Issa, Joram, Jael, Razgut and Thiago

*This review contains spoilers*

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As you may have read in my previous review of the 1st book I absolutely loved it, so it was with trepidation and excitement that I started this. I was a little anxious that this book wouldn’t  be as good, however, I needn’t have fretted, this boo was just awesome as the first!

Summary:

Credit to: http://www.chapter5books.tumblr.com for this image

I’ve been a tad lazy here as I found this to summarise the main plot of this story.

To start off I want to talk about the beginning of this book for a minute. Before Akiva saves Ziri he thinks that Karou is dead. Reading about Akiva’s feeling of loss during those few chapters is so heartbreaking!

Karou’ is still struggling to come to terms with Akiva’s betrayal and you can really feel her anger and frustration towards him when they meet again.

I loved how that this story was written from multiple perspectives, it really helped me to connect with each of the characters.
I particularly liked reading from Zuzana’s POV, she and Mik added lots of much-needed light relief in all the right places throughout.  We also got read from Jael, Joram and Razgut (basically all the bad guys!) perspective, which was interesting I felt this gave a lot of depth to the story as you got to see their motivations for doing the things they did, even if most of those reasons were messed up.

The story development was very good, I liked the way Akiva and Karou came together at the end to unite their armies to enable them to defeat a common enemy.

If you have read the first book I highly recommend that you continue the series this book did not disappoint!

My Rating: 5/5

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