Breathtakingly Heartbreaking: A Review of DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) 
Laini Taylor
517 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: November 6th, 2012
Source: Gifted
Rating: LOVED

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.

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    January 7, 2013

    OMG GREAT REVIEW…..i just finished the first book and wow if this one is that spectacular then i totally need to read it LIKE NOW….

    Le' Grande Codex

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    January 7, 2013

    Love the review and I completely agree, it is an amazing series. Cannot wait for the third book.

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    Carmen B.

    January 7, 2013

    Wonderful review! I still haven't written mine because I just don't know how >.< My heart hurt so much for Karou, and I agree 100% about Laini's writing!
    And ZIRI!!! It was just so unfair :(
    But as you said, there were also moments when I laughed, or was awed by the beauty of it all.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    January 7, 2013

    Wow. This Sounds amazing I didn't know these books were like this. I haven't read the first book but maybe now I need to reconsider. But, it also sounds like I will need a happy/light book after this one or at least read this slow.

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    January 7, 2013

    I guess that's why I'm not a fantasy fan but I LOVE this series. It just is all too real! Excellent thoughts.

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    Jenna D.

    January 7, 2013

    Oh goodness, I KNOW! Your words exactly!

    And can you believe that book four won't be out until April 2014??? GAHHH!!!

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    January 7, 2013

    Aaahhhhh So jealous of all of you that read this already!!!!


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    January 7, 2013

    I just KNEW it!! This woman can do no wrong. I need to get this, immediately.

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    Gina @ My Precious

    January 7, 2013

    Great review, this book in my opinion, is pure awesomeness. I just savored it. I think this one was maybe even better than the first, what do you think?

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    Courtney Reads A Lot

    January 8, 2013

    Why haven't I read this yet? I even have it on my bookshelf! There's just no excuse. After your positive review, I am definitely going to put this book higher on my TBR list. Cannot wait! :D

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    Linda Henderson

    January 12, 2013

    I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I have to admit this book sounds intriguing. I will have to check into reading the first one but I will definitely be wanting to read this one too.

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    January 14, 2013

    YES.THIS. Thank you for summing up my thoughts about this book much more eloquently than I could ever have done. Joining you in the wait for book 3…

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 14, 2013

    UGH I NEED THIS BOOK! I loved the first one, and was supposed to get the second one for Christmas from a friend, but never did! I got a different book instead, which was great, except that I wanted this one! I'll get it eventually!

    Great review! Too bad book 3 doesn't come out until 2014…

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    Opal Kim

    January 14, 2013

    Awesome review! Wasn't this book haunting? It took my breath away. I had to inhale it. *When* does the next one come out? I *need* it!

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    Ashley @The Quiet Concert

    January 15, 2013

    Great Review!! I cannot wait to read it ;)

    I LOVED the first one!

    Ashley @The Quiet Concert

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    January 16, 2013

    I havent gotten a chance to read this series yet. :( I will have to get them now! I adore the covers on them tho. :)

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    January 17, 2013

    I have heard so many brilliant reviews, yours included. Your points and review makes me wants me rush out and buy it now! The relationship between Karou and Akiva’s is just brilliant!

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    Christina K.

    January 20, 2013

    YAY for Laini Taylor! She is incredible!!

    Loved the first one and I'm so happy this one is just as perfect:)

    Lovely review:)

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    Jaime Lester

    February 2, 2013

    I love Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I am very much looking forward to reading this second book. Especially because of the epic awesomeness. But I think I might have to wait until the final book is closer to releasing. I can't handle another sad ending. And I want my couple to BE a couple again!!!

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    Adriana NaNa

    March 13, 2013

    I have both these books from Laini Taylor and I can't wait to read them. I really love that you gave me a heads up on the sequel being more dark than that first book. I do love dark novels! ;D

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    Micheline D

    April 25, 2013

    Beautiful review! I can't believe I missed it when you first put it out there, I've been stalking Laini Taylor reviews since last year! You captured every single beautiful element Laini Taylor weaves in there. All the emotions you described are the same ones I felt while reading Days of Blood & Starlight :*) Book 3 can't come fast enough…a title or a cover would be welcome too LOL

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!