Book Review | Days of Blood & Starlight

Title: Days of Blood & Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural

Publication/Year: Little Brown Books • 2012

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Synopsis from Goodreads:
"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?"
My Rating★★★★★

Quote(s) I Like:
"There's no weakness in asking for help. Even Brimstone had help." - Thiago

"There is intimacy in pain. Anyone who has comforted a sufferer knows it -- the helpless tenderness, the embrace and murmur and slow rocking together as one against the enemy, pain." - Karou

My Thoughts:
Wow, wow, wow!

I must say that Laini Taylor has a way of perfection with her writing! I mean I thought Daughter of Smoke & Bone was great, but Days of Blood & Starlight is a million times better. The action, the secrets and deception is so massive!

The bloodshed on both sides: slaughtering, carving of faces, destruction...just the works. It made me cry, but kept me hooked!


Karou has become the new resurrectionist since Brimstone is dead and funny enough he planned for her to be. She becomes stuck rebuilding an army for Thiago because she feels she owes the chimera something for everything they lost. Thiago, however, had a plan of his own to slaughter the angels and keep Karou for himself. I didn't like the way he treated her, but his ending was absolutely amazing! Glad he is done for as well as Ten.

Akiva was still unsettled with the life he lived as a Bastard child or Misbegotten and he did something about it with Hazael, Liraz and his other "siblings". The way he killed his father, Joram, was so heroic. Sad that Hazael died fighting for the cause.

Jael is an evil, conniving snake. I mean setting his own brother up to be killed to kill off his nephew to become emperor was insane. Now he wants to rule the human world. All because of stupid Razgut! 

Loved Zuze and Mik. They are true friends for sure and I would love to have them as my friends. Happy that Issa was alive and resurrected...she is just awesome! I loved the kids that were running for safety and how even though they were from different tribes they helped each other out...very touching. 

That ending...man oh man...I was shocked. Thiago is alive but he is Ziri and Ten is Haxaya. Deception is crazy!

So excited to read Dreams of Gods & Monsters and see what happens!


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