Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor


Young Adult > Fantasy

(Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

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?

Book 1: Daughter of Smoke and Bone review


You dreamed a different way. Akiva, too. You, the pair of you, you had the capacity not to hate. The audacity to love. Do you know what a gift that is?

So. Out of 517 pages, the only swoon I got came from pg 512… and darn it if I did not feel hopeful after that! One word. Akiva.

Warning: This is not a happy sequel. But if you are still inclined to read, then be prepared to be desolate. =(

For Akiva, Karou was dead. For Karou, Akiva needs to be killed upon eye contact. See? It was (almost) hopeless. Akiva’s existence was meaningless (again) now that Karou’s gone. The continuous grief of Karou for her family was unbearable (good and bad). Both are chafed with despair, but who came stronger and unyielding to pain in the end? Making him/her better and more determined? It was Akiva.

Akiva‘s path to redemption was heartachingly beautiful. Here is a man who knows his mistakes, and yet he did not deny it. Rather, he embraced the consequences, no matter how dire and sorrowful. From an angel who knew nothing but bloodshed, to a man who loved no one but Madrigal, Akiva’s transition was empowering and reassuring. 🙂 Akiva FTW!

Karou was hard to like in this sequel. I felt that things dawned on her too slowly. But isn’t she grieving? And does that not entitle her to be blinded by anguish? Maybe. But the pain heavily questioned that one thing that made a peaceful future possible between angels and chimaera – her love for Akiva.

Oh, hell. Why don’t you just kiss and make up already?

My heart broke for Hazael, because I really like that angel. and Issa, such a sweetheart. Either you love or hate Zuzana (I’m in between). And Karou’s fellow Kirin? Very interesting!

The twists are still amazing though. and the hopeful note in the end? My goodness, it whet my appetite for the third book!!!

Be brave. Be very brave when you dive into Days of Blood and Starlight. This rather sorrowful fantasy is still extraordinary in its own right.

*emerges from state of sadness*

We have a war to fight, Akiva. And a girl to win, all over again. *winks*

#15 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013



Hardcover, 517 pages

Published November 6th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

4/5 stars

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

  1. I love this book! Though the mood throughout was pretty much depressing, I must say. I can’t help feeling that Karou was was on “auto-pilot” mode for much of the book, not really living but merely existing or “atoning” for her past mistakes. Zuzana was the one bright spot in the story and I can’t help loving her character for it. Can’t wait for the third book! 😀

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