Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor


Published: 2012
By: Little, Brown and Company
Source: FMPL
Format:  Hardcover
ISBN:  9780316133975

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?



I should’ve taken notes at every step, turn, and jolt of emotion I went through while reading this book – like I’ve seen other bloggers do. I was truly hooked. If I had to compile the number of hours I think it only took a day (24 Hrs) to finish this book. The author has struck again! I am quite honestly still shivering from the hardest feels I’ve felt in a long time because of a novel.

As far as I can tell this book is nothing compared to the first Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It’s better. Granted I miss the lovey-dovey stuff between Karou and Akiva, but honestly this “other” love that Karou has for Akiva, and then there’s Ziri and his love, and there’s Thiago – but he’s not love.. it’s one-sided and spiteful.

Zuzana! I love this character and her and Mik are the perfect partners in crime. He’s that Sir Lancelot/Shining Knight on a white horse while she’s the Princess Fiona (Shrek) who can kick butt but still loves to love. We definitely got a good eyeful on those two in this book and I love them just as much as I loved Karou in the first book.

Alrigh, enough feeling. From where the first book left off, Karou angrily leaves Akiva stoned and broken in Morocco while she ventured off to Eretz with a wingless, spineless Razgut guiding her through a portal in the sky. Once arrived Karou is hit hard with the reality of happened to Loremendi and it’s citizens, and Brimstone and Issa, Yasri and Twiga. Everybody. Of course the story would be done if that were the case. So a few of the survivors were Thiago and some soldiers, of course he gleaned (collected souls) of a large number of his “favorites”.

Karou is a Resurrectionist. The new Brimstone. I can’t talk too much or else it’d ruin the story, but I’m sure by this point if you were totally drawn in by the first book you’ve more than likely decided to read this book, and I’d love to discuss this book with anybody and everybody who’s read it 🙂

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About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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