Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight

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Title: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

Author: Laini Taylor

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

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?

My Review

The funny thing about Days of Blood and Starlight is that, while I can’t tell you more than one or two major things that happened in it, this book was so important to the narrative (well, I assume. I haven’t read book three yet. But it seems like it!)

I’ll admit it was pretty slow going at first. It’s been a year and a half since I read the first book in the series and most of what I remember from it is characters and settings and in generally liking it. Days of Blood and Starlight doesn’t do hardly any recap, so here’s me going “Wait, what happened that this character is gone and that character is depressed and why are we starting with HIM?! I don’t remember ANY OF THIS!” I had to force myself to keep going and not put it down immediately and order book 1 to re-read (I have way to many re-reads on the docket as it is!) Eventually I built myself a “memory” of what happened from the bits and pieces we’re given, and that’s when I began to fly through this one.

So, back to what I said at the beginning, the reason I say this book is so important, so necessary, to the series despite a major lack of action (everyone is building an army and guerilla warfare-in the innocents. Whoopee!) is the comparison drawn between the two sides. The terms used to describe the sides, Seraphim/Angels and Chimaera, tap into a deep cultural memory and encourage us to one side. This book, by taking time to show us exactly what each side is like, slowly dispels that inclination. I mean, look at the leaders of the armies, Jael and Thiago. When it comes down to it, the only real difference between the two sides is the name of the side they’re on. It makes the point that your actions are what define you, and I love it!

I will say, if you’re not into slower, thought-provoking books this may not be the book for you. The romance form Daughter of Smoke and Bone is hardly there (though there’s plenty of angst) and on a big scale, not much happens. But I would highly recommend the book anyway, so if you think you can stand it, then please do!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight”

  1. Aww … I’m sad the romance is barely there! I loved that part in the first book! I read the first one with a friend and she thought it was really slow and I thought it was perfect … I think Laini’s writing is just so beautiful that you don’t even notice it being that slow!

    I need to read this one!

    • Anne says:

      I think the writing *is* beautiful, but that often means others will think it’s slow – I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOVE The Night Circus, and I’ve seen so many people say “But nothing HAPPENS” and I’m all, I KNOW BUT IT’S AWESOME ANYWAY! 😛

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