The Compulsive Reader: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Karou finally learned the truth about her shadowy past, and she has discovered that her home has been destroyed and her people are being hunted down by the seraphim. She joins the tiny resistance force and takes up Brimstone's work, but as long as she is still branded a traitor, she'll never be safe. Akiva is devastated by Karou's rejection and rejoins his brother and sister, but he still clings to the hope of a new world and a better future. It was once Karou that taught Akiva about hope, and now Akiva will have to convince his siblings, his comrades, his enemies, and even Karou that their dream isn't dead.

Laini Taylor confidently delves into the world of Eretz and the tumultuous territory of the tenuous relationship between Akiva and Karou in this sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Eretz is not as magical as it once seemed; the chimaera are being hunted, and the brutality of both races is revealed as the chimaera struggle for survival and the seraphim grapple for control. The landscape is described beautifully as Taylor details the continual struggle between the two races, even after the war is supposedly over. Pain and betrayal are prominent throughout the book, especially where Karou is concerned. She's still reeling from her new memories, and she is torn between ensuring the survival of her race, no matter what the cost, and transcending past events...if she can even find a way to trust Akiva again. Unlike its prequel, Days of Blood and Starlight is not just Karou's story—it's Akiva's as well, and now it is his turn to discover who he really is and what he is capable of. Taylor keeps this beautiful and frightful story moving with many different character perspectives, and fans will be gratified to see that she doesn't abandon smaller plotlines from the first book. Her writing is gorgeous, emotional, and exciting, and the finale to this strange and lovely trilogy can't come soon enough.

Cover Comments: The red of this cover is very appropriate, and I like how it keeps with the same theme as its prequel's cover, but has a dangerous edge to it. Beautiful.

Review copy purchased.

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