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In Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor created a world where angels and creatures are pitted against each other as two star-crossed lovers, Karou and Akiva, strive to bridge the gap and bring peace to their worlds. In the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, Taylor once again weaves her magic, ramping up the conflict and making the reader question a world of endless war where both sides suffer tragic losses.
Where the first book held out hope and possibility, much of this one is focused on the brutality that comes when two races set out to destroy one another. Both the seraphim and the chimaera are led by ruthless rulers who would like nothing more than total domination of the world they live in. In this tale, Karou and Akiva are at odds, separated by grief and the belief that they are powerless to really change the minds and hearts of their brethren. Hope for a different outcome is planted as a small seed that begins to grow until each of them feels confident and strong enough to act against the powers that lead them.
Like the first book in the series, Days of Blood and Starlight is fast-paced and breathtaking as it hurtles toward resolution. Taylor excels at the details of the fantasy world she has created, yet the story never gets lost or drags as she paints those details. I am sure I am not the only reader impatiently waiting to read the next installment of Karou and Akiva’s journey.
I recommend the series for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 15 and up.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book for review.
Kathy Steffen, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Kathy Steffen)
In this follow-up to DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, Laini Taylor gives a continuation of Karou and Akiva's story. This book is magnificently written with prose and a voice that compels, and that is nothing compared to the breath-taking story! Warning: the cliffhanger at the end will having you scream for the next book (as did the cliffhanger at the end of the first book) but the third is not yet written. The only flaw in this book is that we have to wait for the next.
Natsu, January 26, 2013 (view all comments by Natsu)
One of the best, most inspirationing, amazing novels I've ever read. Aside from the previous book before this one, "daughter of smoke and bone". Laini taylor is an amazing. Author! I never wanted to put the book down! It was like a movie in my head filled with fantasy, life,. romance, truth, lies, and war. Overall I would give her 100000000000/10.
Beverly B, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Days of Blood & Starlight is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Although it follows the conflict of Smoke and Bone very closely, the novels are very, very different. Smoke and Bone was poetic, beautiful, humorous and romantic. Blood & Starlight is dark, violent and complex. Once again Author Laini Taylor brilliantly uses the power of words, this time to illustrate how long held hatred destroys the ability of both the angels and the demons to think rationally or set goals that are in the best interest of their communities. The angels and demons of Blood & Starlight are each under the leadership of despot who doesn't care what happens to his subjects, only that they are capable of killing the enemy. The demons are on the verge of extinction after the bloody genocide attempted by the angels. Instead of protecting the few demons that are left, their leader pursues revenge killings. Both the demons and the angels have been brainwashed over hundreds of generations to believe they are the innocent victims of the other. Karou is conflicted. She desperately wants to believe she is fighting a noble war, but she sees the pain and carnage being inflicted on an already defeated demon world and wonders, "Why continue?" Akiva witnesses so many bloody deaths among his family, and he too wonders "Why continue?". Luckily, Karou and Akiva are not the only two disillusioned and heartbroken by the war. Voices of revolt are starting to rise in both communities.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Taylor continues to build an irresistible fantasy world in this grim sequel to her masterful Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The war between chimaera and seraphim is in full force, with Karou reluctantly playing an essential — and painful — role. Having realized her destiny, she is now living it; feeling alone, abandoned, and betrayed, she is harder of body and of heart. Alternately focusing on Karou and her estranged love interest, the seraphim Akiva, Taylor traces their parallel discouragement at the perpetuation of bloodshed between their peoples. Since the first book is, at heart, a love story and a journey of self-discovery, its fans may be surprised to find this one is primarily a war story, filled with battle scenes, killings, anger, and hatred. The occasional scenes with Karou's Czech friends Zuzana and Mik bring welcome moments of lightheartedness and humor. Taylor's dazzling writing and skill at creating suspense are strong as ever; fantasy lovers will gobble up this book with satisfaction, even if it offers less of the cross-genre appeal that made its predecessor so extraordinary. Ages 15 – up. Agent: Jane Putch, Eyebait Licensing & Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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