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Days of Blood and Starlight

Hello and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This is my review on Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, which is the sequel to the book Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You can read my full review on Daughter of Smoke and Bone here. This review may contain spoilers if you have not yet read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and are planning to.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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?

Review:

Days of Blood and Starlight was an entertaining novel that added interesting new perspectives on Karou’s life. Watching the responsibilities that were handed down to Karou take form had me contemplating all the possible outcomes to her new place in life. I found myself wondering whether she made right decisions and how I would’ve responded if I were in her shoes. I don’t really have any problems with specific details and parts in the novel, but I can’t help comparing this to the first novel in the series. I feel like Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a more exciting novel and got me hooked to the story more than this one. This novel felt oddly uneventful despite the many events that took place. That probably makes no sense, but I’ll try to explain anyway. I feel like when you actually read the novel, you get the impression that nothing is happening because reading it feels like you’re reading the small details that are meant to get you to a bigger picture. In retrospect, this novel was kind of like a big book of small details that’s meant to take you to the bigger picture. But, this is one reason why I did not enjoy this novel as much. It turned important events in the overall story to small details that I will soon forget.

Characters:

I love Ziri’s character so much. You could tell from the beginning that he was a good guy and obviously didn’t like Thiago. He was sweet and had good intentions. Thiago, on the other hand, was a total jerk and really manipulative. Every time he was in a scene I wanted to hop into the book and yell at Thiago for always ruining things. I especially hated him when you finally realize that he was lying to everyone about Karou giving out information when it was really him who gave up the chimaera’s secret.

I, once again, like Akiva. That’s really no surprise cause I could never hate Akiva, but this time I truly like his character and am no longer mad at him for becoming the “Beast’s Bane”. I feel like his character was kind of absent from the story. It’s like what I said earlier, where when you think about it a lot was going on, but the writing just made is sound like nothing was happening. When I think back on what Akiva went through, I see that he really experienced a lot in this novel, but while reading the novel it felt like he was doing nothing. His side of the story felt uneventful. This book might be driving me insane because everything feels so small and unimportant, but at the same time it’s pretty important to the story.

Conclusion:

In the end, this novel was entertaining, but the writing gave the novel the impression that it wasn’t really important to the overall series. Certain scenes were fun to read and interesting, but the overall novel felt uneventful. Getting to meet Ziri and see him bond with Karou was definitely my favorite part of this novel and I hope we still get to see him a lot in the third novel.

Let’s Talk:
  • If you’ve read Days of Blood and Starlight, did you get the same feeling of uneventfulness? Or am I just crazy?
    • Do you like Akiva, even after what he did to the chimaera?
  • Do you have any good sci-fi recs? (Days of Blood and Starlight is not sci-fi, I just need some sci-fi book recs)
  • Also, do you have a favorite literary classic?

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