Days of Blood and Starlight is the fantastic sequel to the very well loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone by author Lini Taylor.
In Daughter of Smoke and Bone we met Karou and were introduced to her world.. Karou learns the heart breaking truth about who she really is and what has become of those she loves. In Days of Blood and Starlight we join Karou as she struggles with her identity and the role she must now play in both worlds.
At times the first half of this story does feel a little slow, and does bounce from character to character. The second half is more energetic and great plot advancement that make you forget it was even slow in the first place.. I was especially suprised by a few of the plot happenings that Laini decided to add in this sequel.
Having learned who she really was, and what her world consists of, Karou is clearly not the same young, carefree teenager she once was. She has had to make some tough decision. The character growth is there and it makes complete sense with story developments we went through. I love how she wants to make everything right for not only the people she loved but the people she knew. Even if the signed her death warrant. You can easily understand where she is coming from and sympathize to her situation. The side characters, the monsters, the creations, everyone is so alive in this novel.
We see Karou at her most vulnerable and, at the same time, her most strong -mentally at least. Each and every character we come across, from Akiva to Hazael and Liraz, his siblings, to Zuzanna and Mik, all experience some type of growth and change throughout this book
This book will have you on the edge of your seat.
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