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Days of Blood & Starlight

In YA Book Reviews on April 19, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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 by Laini Taylor

YA Fantasy/©2012/518 Pages/Second in a Trilogy/Recommended for age 12 and up

Publisher Summary:

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 Thoughts:

There is a definite shift in tone in this book, some added characters, and a much darker story line. That said, Laini Taylor continued to weave her magic as a master storyteller and writer. Interestingly, the author chose to shift from telling the story from Karou’s viewpoint in the first book to telling the story from several different characters’ perspectives in this book. Without revealing the main details, suffice it to say that the twists and turns were breathtaking. I especially appreciated the increased involvement of Zuzana and Mik and the introduction of several new characters, especially Akira’s siblings and Ziri. They all added greatly to the story. All in all, reading this book was quite the roller coaster ride.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Another Review (with spoilers):

http://thebooksmugglers.com/2012/11/book-review-days-of-blood-and-starlight-by-laini-taylor.html

 

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