Title: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two.
Days of Blood and Starlight picks up almost immediately where Daughter of Smoke and Bone finished.
One of my first observations when reading this book was that there were more PoVs than the previous book, which is fine, but I mainly just wanted to read from Karou’s PoV. I felt like this book was a great addition to the series because as said, there were more PoVs, but we also got to see a lot more of Eretz. I found this to be interesting as it gave us a chance to learn more about where Akiva and Karou are from, although we get to see a lot more of Akiva’s homeland. We also learn more about Akiva, his father, family and also about his mother and magic. I found the addition of Akiva’s magic to be good and I would like to see how this will be incorporated into the last book because it just has to be. I also feel that there is more of Eretz to be discovered or read about so I’d like to see the last book do this.
We also get to see a bit more of Karou as the ressurectionist and about an upcoming battle which is exciting and I’m looking forward to reading about that in the last book. I am also looking forward to seeing everything come together and to seeing how things between Karou and Akiva are. I also would like to see where Karou ends up – in Eretz, or the mortal world. As just mentioned, Karou takes on Brimstone’s role in this book as the ressurectionist of the Chimaera which I think is a vital part to Karou’s character as it gives her a way to connect with him. Karou really throws herself into this role and into helping build the Chimaera forces up, however the other Chimaera soldiers really aren’t fond of her following her history. Although some began to warm towards her, I wish that the soldiers had given her credit and forgiven her as what she had fought for previously was a solid cause.
When I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it got to about half way/three quarters of the way through and I felt like it started to get very descriptive. This was similar, although I think I almost preferred this book to the first one. In this book, Karou fully remembers her past and becomes increasingly more involved with the war effort on her side of the battle. I thought that this was good as we got to see a little bit more of Karou, how she interacted with the other Chimaera and how the events of her previous life and most recent events have affected her character. I felt like Karou has taken a lot on so I was interested to see how she would cope with this.
Then there is the topic of Akiva. Maaaaan, I love Akiva! He is so into Karou and I want nothing more than for her to forgive him, although what he did is a pretty big thing to just forgive and forget. I feel like his character really progressed in this book and became someone who was much more than just a soldier. He did some pretty big things and took on a pretty big loss, and because of the events throughout this book, I really think he has grown as a character. Other characters that I liked were Zuzana, Mik and Ziri.
The ending to this book was good but it, of course, left things loose as we have one more book after this novel. I enjoyed this book, but again, it became a little slow for me somewhere in the middle. I am looking forward to Dreams of Gods and Monsters and how this story will conclude the series. I remember when it came out as I had just joined the book community and there was a huge hype about it so I am finally getting to it, 4 years later..
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