Sunday, 15 November 2015

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)

Title: Days of Blood & Starlight
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 513
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two.

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.
I loved this books predecessor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone but this sequel just left me with mixed feelings. Whereas Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a story of a rekindled romance and the mystery of who Karou truly was - Days of Blood and Starlight was just a straight up book about the Seraphim and Chimaera war. 

After the momentous slap in the face tragedy of the ending of the first book, Karou is back being awesome, just really sad and tortured, in the desert. Karou is a shadow of the character she was in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the new strange role for the Chimaera she had undertaken was a little perplexing to me. How I wish the wishbone was never broken! 

Don't get me wrong, the politics, the history and world building of Eretz was interesting as was the Chimaera rebellion, and Akiva trying to undermine the Seraphim army in his many small ways; however, the second book just did not have the same magic as the first. There is no romance really to speak of and I thought the first half of the book was very slow paced. I also thought that Zuzana and Mik's inclusion in this story was just strange and not really needed, it honestly did not make sense to me. I love Zuzana and Mik but they didn't need to be in this instalment in my opinion.

There are plenty of fantastic twists and turns in the plot and there is a shocking attack near the end that sent chills down my spine. This story is beautifully written and each character leapt off of the page and it is a worthwhile read. Days of Blood and Starlight just did not have the same magic for me, or the same compelling storyline and so for that reason I cant justify giving it more then three stars.


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