Published: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Pages: 517 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 4.5/5.0
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?
As soon as I finished DoS&B I downloaded the sequel, Days of Blood & Starlight, because after that ending, how could I not!? I was impressed to find that this book was even better than the first- no sophomore slump in sight.
Days of Blood & Starlight drops us back into the story several months after the events of Daughter of Smoke & Bone and much has changed since then. Karou knows of her chimaera heritage and has joined the fight against the seraphim, though their group of rebels is pathetically small and they have a special hatred for Karou despite her usefulness. She’s miserable, lonely, and scared despite the assurances of safety given her by Thiago, the rebel leader and killer of Madrigal. Akiva has returned to his seraph brethren, but continues to feel guilt for the slaughter of chimaera and distraught because he thinks Karou has died. The POV now switches between Karou, Akiva, Zuzana and Mik, with the addition of a few minor characters. I still enjoy chapters featuring the Zuzana and Mik- they’re just so cute!
The plot line (or should I say lines?) in Days of Blood & Starlight is considerably stronger than that in the first book. The action is in full swing, bringing more battles and intense scenes that left me wide-eyed with concern! Characters that were mere mentions in the previous book become much more fleshed out and can I just say that I’ve really begun to hate the Seraph king and his scarred brother? What evil creeps!
I recommended this series after the first book and now do so wholeheartedly. The story keeps you at the edge of your seat, unthinkingly holding your breath in anticipation of the next scene. There are loops and twists and awesome moments where you just want to jump up and cheer a bit. I can’t wait to dig into the third and final installment. I think I mentioned this in my review of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, but allow me to reiterate that the audio edition is really fantastic!