Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 6th 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Length: 15 hours 24 minutes
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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?
This was a great second book in a series. Too often, sequels have disappointed me – especially recently it seems – but not this one!
I LOVE the narrator for this series. I listened to the first book on audio and I plan to finish out the series on audio. The narrator does a fantastic job of voicing so many different characters, each with their own sound and accent – she’s amazing! Even though I had a physical copy, I hardly picked it up because I preferred to listen to it instead. I definitely recommend listening to the audiobook for this series.
The Writing and Plot
I love Laini Taylor’s writing so much!! I know I will read anything she writes. She writes in a way that is lyrical and paints beautiful pictures in your mind, without being overly flowery and complicated. Her metaphors are always spot on. As for the plot, I felt the beginning was a little slow to get into. Still, once I was hooked, I was really hooked! Like the first book in this series, this book is full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me on my toes. I enjoyed all the little surprises along the way.
One thing I love about this series is that the characters are so complex. While the first book focused mostly on Karou and Akiva’s romance, this sequel allows us to get to know some of the secondary characters better as well as introduce even more characters to us for us to fall in love with. I grew to love Karou and Zuzana’s friendship even more over the course of this book! Akiva and Karou are definitely (one of) my OTP and I love that their relationship is so complicated. There is a bit of a love triangle aspect in this book, but it was well done and I thought it showcased how complicated everyone’s relationships were.
The world we were introduced to in DoSaB gets so much larger and more complicated in this sequel. We finally get to see parts of Eretz that we only heard about in the first book. The world building is very creative and unique – I loved it so much! I categorize this book as an urban fantasy since it takes part partly in our world, but the world building of Eretz is so creative that it definitely reads a lot like a high fantasy as well.
I loved this book and I recommend it to all fantasy lovers (both urban and high fantasy) out there! The world, characters, and plot are complex and compelling. The writing is beautiful and I can’t get enough! This book has solidified my love for Laini Taylor and I’m eagerly awaiting her new book, Strange the Dreamer, coming out in the spring.