Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Book 2 (Book 1: Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Novel Summation:

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. A 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:

I love this book. It is really well written with rich and entertaining characters. The book comes from a variety of perspectives. Sometimes I liked this while other times I didn’t. New characters would be introduced to tell their perspective only to disappear later on. So I never knew who to pay attention to and remember. However, it didn’t offer an opportunity to broaden the world of the story. As for the story itself it was very good for a middle book. It had plot development, action, and a buildup to something big in the final book. There isn’t one bad guy in the book. The reader is able to relate to both sides of the war and sympathize evenly. However, there are those individuals that are purely malicious. Joram (king of the angels), the new character Jael (brother of the king and general), and of course Thiago. However, Thiago didn’t do much. He was more of a behind the scenes man (reminded me of Loki) which seemed very uncharacteristic since he is a fighter. So I didn’t like that development. Ari goes through a lot of inner turmoil. She struggles with what she is doing is right, whose side is she really on, should she feel guilty, and her love for Akiva. Akiva himself feels very guilty and spends a lot of time trying to make amends. I wish there was more romance in the book and Brimstone is missed. I wonder if too much was happening in the book but overall it was good. I would definitely recommend this book.

Future Books:

A final book in the trilogy will be released in the future.

My Character:

This is the character that I created based off of this series http://shortstuff2511.tumblr.com/post/36746782116/daughter-of-smoke-and-bone-novel-character

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