Review – Days of Blood and Starlight

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2

4 stars

This is the second book in the urban fantasy trilogy and the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which you can read my review for right here.

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.

Alright, so we left off with Karou being pissed at Akiva and for good reason, but I will try and keep this as spoiler-free as possible, because I dislike spoilers like the next person.

Karou is now living in Marocco where she has taken over Brimstone’s job as a resurrectionist for her fellow Chimaera soldiers that are to fight the angel army.

Karou’s human friends Zuzana and Mik goes looking for their friend after decoding an email Karou sent to Zuzana. And to say Karou is surprised to see her friends out in the middle of the desert, where she’s hiding with her monster friends, is a bit of an understatement. Now she must explain herself and what’s been going on, but they take it surprisingly well, all things considered.

Enough with what happens.

I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, but I did feel like it was dragging on a bit. They are big books and need a lot of stuff to keep them filled out and it didn’t always succeed in this one. I feel like the first one did because it was all new and exciting, but after getting over the initial introduction to it all, I could have either used a lot more action or perhaps a little shorter book.

The writing, like before, is beautiful and very descriptive and flows effortlessly like a stream in a spring breeze. Like I said, it is a long book and I found that it took me quite a while to finish (three weeks to be exact) because I couldn’t read more than a few chapters at the time, which was annoying.

I like Karou’s character, but after finishing this, I’m having second thoughts about Akiva, simply because we’re introduced to another character that I may or may not prefer to end up with Karou more than Akiva (but knowing my YA trope, I’ll only end up disappointed). But a girl can dream, right?

I really liked the twist at the end, which I honestly did not see coming, so that’s always a pleasant surprise.

Do I recommend this series so far?
Yes. I think it’s really interesting and captivating.

To whom?
To the lovers of YA fantasy that hasn’t tired yet of the “old” angels vs. demons/forbidding love story.

And I’m very excited to read the third and final book, Dreams of Gods and Monsters to find out how it all ends.


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