Days of Blood & Starlight (#2 of 3) by Laini Taylor
Published Year: 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series
"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?"
I won't lie, it took me much longer to get into this one. I came very close to giving up, but I am so glad that I didn't! LT brought me back and wheeled me deep into this story. Bring on book #3! After some emotional healing.
LT has a really interesting writing style. I love the way she writes, but the viewpoints is a little too smoke and mirrors for me. She throws random viewpoints in there that sometimes have little to no impact on the overarching plot. They do tie in to a scene, sometimes even pivotal scene, but mostly I just find it distracting. I was also confused a couple times coming back to these viewpoints on why they were important to keep revisiting. Anyway, the smoke and mirrors was also in the main characters' viewpoints as they "kept" things from the reader, until it was shown elsewhere. This completely goes against my nature, as I want to know everything about everyone at once. I don't like being allowed in after everyone else already knows. Uh huh, I want all of the information, up front please and thank you.
Karou's characterization is vastly different in the sequel when compared to the first novel. She's definitely in a darker place of depression and self-loathing, but I also think she's blaming herself and Akiva much too much. Like get over it already so I can get to the part where we can (hopefully) all be happy together, okay? kthx.
There are quite a few new main characters introduced that I really enjoy. I like Liraz and Hazeal so much better in this book than the first, and Ziri! I really liked Ziri. I can't get into much more without being spoilery, but I just really liked these three!
Also, LT has me quivering in fear over the fate of Zuzanna and Mik. I'm telling you right now, if anything happens to the two of them, I'm done. Done I tell you! They are so wonderful, and happy, and perfect, and human. I just cannot handle anything that could happen to them in book #3, LT I'm warning you!
3 out of 5 stars.