Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
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. Forhope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
Review: I loved this book. Did I love it more than the first one? Overall, no, but that was more for personal preferences than for the writing. The writing on this book was flawless in my opinion. Laini Taylor has got some skills, ya'll.
She did an incredible job of melding Karou's and Madrigal's feelings and memories. I really wasn't sure how she was going to do it after Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I thought to myself, "Oh dear, the main character is going to be le weird and obnoxious because she'll be trying to reconcile her two selves the whole time." She wasn't though. She was still interesting, unique, heartfelt, and a character that you wanted to hear more about.
Akiva. Oh my Akiva. In the first book I don't feel like I got a very good sense of who he was. Well, actually I got an okay sense, but in this book you really delve into this character, his past, his motivations, his world, and everything about him. I came out feeling very impressed by him and rooting for him wholeheartedly.
The plot had a very nice pace to it that kept me wanting to read the next page and the next. The other world was described in far greater detail and I truly enjoyed the place she made.
I really liked going into the perspectives of Chimaera and Karou's friends. The mere fact that Taylor kept the human friends in the book and incorporated them into the plot in a logical and interesting way is actually mind blowing to me.
I guess the only thing that held me up was the overall dark and despairing feel to the book, but I've become a major wimp when it comes to sad things since becoming a mom, so I'm guessing the average person would not have a problem with this.
So, in conclusion. I loved it. The writing was amazing. The world was amazing. The characters were amazing. But it made me a little sad so I'm going to wholeheartedly recommend this book, but give it a