DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: November 6th, 2012
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?
Bitter, bitter this desolation of angels.
And in that sentence, the entire emotion of DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is captured. Bittersweet, hollow pain, need, want. All mixed in one. None of them decipherable.
It may be high fantasy with a war between creatures with wings and monsters that can resurrect, but DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT poses a story all too real. A story where war is fought and living beings with hearts and souls and lives are being stolen left and right and no one knows. No one knows why they're fighting. Why blood continues to be shed. Just like in our world. Laini Taylor pulls the horrors of our everyday life into the pages of her latest, weaving the hopelessness and the hope into a story that can never be real. But at the same time, is.
Laini Taylor's breathtaking writing doesn't falter in DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. Every sentence is to savor and every paragraph is beautiful. Memorable lines make an appearance on nearly every page. I think it's safe to say Laini Taylor is a genius. Not only because of her writing style.
Laini Taylor successfully creates an atmosphere so bleak and filled with hopeless despair. Yet in such a dark book, she still manages to have us laugh and smile - with the moments between Zuzana and Mik.
Speaking of characters, Karou is fiercer than ever. My heart shattered for Akiva and his hope for something better after what he had done. And Ziri. Sweet, sweet, lucky Ziri, why did you do that to yourself?
If you've read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, expect the same awesomeness in it's much darker sequel. The ending was bitter and sweet and I need book three as soon as I can get it. Which isn't soon enough.