Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Published by Little, Brown BYR
Publish Date: November 6, 2012
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? -( from Goodreads)
by Laini Taylor
My Thoughts: Have you ever loved the first book in a series so much that you were scared to read the next book? That was exactly how I felt with this book. I fretted over it for much too long.
I was first in line at the library to check it out, then it sat in my library bag for days, and then I moved it from the bag to beside my bed, where it sat for several more days. Then I finally got the nerve to pick it up and start reading.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone is one of my all-time favorites.
I’ve read it several times. I’ve listened to the audiobook several times, which is stunningly gorgeous. I’ve had waves and waves of emotions that only increase every time I revisit the story. Tears even! It’s one of those books that I’ve read and loved enough that I can pick it up and just randomly open it to any passage for a few minutes and be completely satisfied. THAT’s how much I love Daughter of Smoke & Bone.
These feelings have a lot to do with Taylor’s writing, of course. She has this undeniable skill to mesmerize me with her words – to draw me in and whisk me straight to her fictional Eretz or to the streets of Prague. But it’s also the chemistry between Karou and Akiva. Theirs is a relationship that is so high up on my list of favorite romances that sometimes I can verbalize why I love them so much. I’m probably sounding crazy right about now, but I just love them.
At the end of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I felt like “WHAT!?” – but by this time I’ve read the book enough to expect that ending and those feelings, and with each reading I knew that soon there would be more to the story. However, that did nothing to alleviate my fear of the second book.
*This second-book fear is very common with me and books. I also have final-book fear. Perhaps I should blog about this?
I kept seeing all of these 5-star reviews…
but there was also talk about sadness and war and death. What?
But when I finally started reading, things started to become clearer to me. I understood why everyone was so doggone vague in their reviews. And what all of this crazy talk was about. I began to allow myself to love on this book a little bit. A lot, actually.
AND it is a book about WAR. And DEATH. And some parts ARE sad.
But I saw hope at the end, and that is what I felt overall.
I have no idea where the story can go from here. I have an inkling of how it will begin, but I don’t know how it will end up. Laini Taylor has proven that her stories take us on wild rides. I’m not ready for the last part yet, and when the time comes for it to be published – I’m sure there will be lots of fear and anxiety and pep-talking for me. But however it ends up, I’m sure that it will be a heck of a ride getting there. She has definitely left us in a place for something special to occur.
These characters – the ones we know and love – feel so developed and so very real to me, even though some of them are not of this world. What is amazing to me is that somehow Taylor found it in herself to develop them even further – for example, we find out so much more about favorites Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, and Mik. And for those of us that are huge fans of characterization (like me) – OH! the joy of learning more about some of those we barely knew from the first book! My heart soared at the opportunity to get to know more about Akiva’s siblings, Hazael and Liraz. There are also more bad guys, of course, and they are really bad – but I love wonderfully written bad guys; Laini Taylor has given us just that. Fortunately the good ones are so good that my love for them triumphs my bad feelings for the bad guys.
And honestly? The little plot twists and incredibly smart things that Laini Taylor wrote into the story? Every time something like that would come up, it would me gasp or say “Oh my gosh!” or something like that. Trust me, it happens plenty of times throughout this lengthy book. This series just keeps getting better and better.
I know that I was afraid to read this book, and I am not ashamed of being that way. My quirky fears are well-founded BUT I am happy to report that in this case, there is no need to be afraid of Days of Blood & Starlight. It is a wonderful story, even with the heartache and pain that comes with it, and I will be re-reading the heck out of it. I can all guarantee that next year, when the time comes for the final book to be released, I will be just as fearful for the end of the series and I will be going thru the exact same emotions leading up to the book’s release – I won’t want this beautiful series to end. Perfection, it is.
|HELLO, BEAUTIFUL MAP OF ERETZ.
I used you so often!
Beautiful WritingFantastic Characterization
Romance: Yes! Maybe/kinda/sorta a hint of a triangle-to-come?
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
What are your thoughts?
Is it hopeful to you, or sad?