Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)
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?
Blood & Starlight expands the world of the angels & demons to encompass a new world (earth), new rules, and a new resurrectionist. Violent and oppressive at times, the novel explores Karou’s contradictory nature – an old soul in a young body. A young woman who is naive and adrift without her family and her lover.
Akiva has a significant role in this novel – leading the angels in rebellion while continuing to woo Karou.
Not an easy read – at times lacking in comparison to its predecessor – it serves the purpose of setting the scene for the final book in the series.