Days of Blood and Starlight
Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
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?
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: November 6th 2012
Possible Spoilers For: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.”
Short review is short because I read this a while ago and … this is probably my least favorite in the trilogy. It was soooo sloooow and our two main characters are separated the whole book. It just felt like nothing was happening. We’re in this one location, Karou’s kind of just going through the motions, Akiva is brooding somewhere over Karou and Zuzana is… there?
Following the events of the last book, Karou is in Sandcastle, making new chimera in an attempt to redeem herself to her Chimera brethren. Akiva, on the other side of the war, is trying to make things right by attempting to help both races.
We spend the majority of the book in Eretz in a desert, so though there’s not much to visualize, these characters are incredible. We get to see the Chimera race of all shapes and sizes, yet we spend the majority of our time with the recurring cast.
Karou is okay, as I said above she’s going through the motion after finding out about her past and Akiva killing Brimstone. But, because of their separation, it dragged down the story? With their angst and the war all mixed together, this book was a big ball of depressing. But I get it. Their relationship is described as such-
“Well, imagine if she woke up and he was still alive, but…” She swallowed, waiting out a tremor in her voice. “But he had killed her whole family. And burned her city. And killed and enslaved her people.”
So I wasn’t too upset. Akiva is the most angsty of the two. He believes their separation was his fault, so he’s kind of going on a martyr type journey. I wasn’t really feeling his POV. Honestly, this book dragged so much that I wasn’t feeling any of the thousands of POV
there are so many.
If we’re honest, my favorite character would have to be Ziri. He was so sweet and made some huge sacrifices while staying in the friendzone… he needs to be protected. We still don’t really get any information on the magic system which is kind of annoying, trying to immerse yourself in the story while trying to figure out how this whole thing works.
Of course, the purple prose in this one is ON POINT. It cannot be denied that her writing is beautiful. Overall, despite the slow pacing, multiple random POV’s and depressing themes (which… isn’t really a problem since this book is full of war) the ending made me want to read the next book.