Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Number of Pages: 513
Genre: YA fiction, Fantasy
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Reading Level: 8th grade +
Harika K., 9th Grade
Rating: 4/5 stars
Once again Laini Taylor exhibits a gift for creating a magical world through words in Days of Blood and Starlight. The story continues to follow the self-realized Karou and the dejected yet still hopeful Akiva. The characters are now on opposite sides, but Karou knows there is something amiss in the renewing chimaera rebellion and the leadership of the White Wolf. On the other side of Eretz, Akiva starts to create his own movement in the world of seraphim, currently under the bloody rule of Joram. Full of hatred, Karou wants to avenge her people, but finds herself caught in a web of lies and facing the cruel reality of war. Carrying Brimstone’s weight, Karou must choose how or if she will lead Eretz to peace...she may really be the last hope.
As a sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I held pretty high expectations for this book. Throughout the whole book, I was distraught over Karou’s depressing demeanor and was even frustrated with her relapsing “shame.” However, these new characteristics allowed the reader a greater connection to Karou and made her reactions seem more natural, at least from a human’s perspective. All the characters, both old and new, were described as richly as ever. The reader will find his or her hand rapidly turning page after page, wanting to know each character’s next move. Taylor weaves splendid plot twists that chase after one another and piece together a world, or worlds, on the verge of collapse. The comedic relief presented by Zusanna and her boyfriend, Mik, balanced out the somber atmosphere that engulfed the rest of the book. The character that grew the most was definitely Akiva: his morals, his leadership, his magic, his genuine desire for peace makes him a light in a dark cave, and I was rooting for him all the way until the end. The ending was slightly predictable, but set up a great place to start off the next book. I look forward to reading the next stretch of the journey for what happens to the fictional world of Eretz and to Earth.
Editor's note: We also have both of these as audio books.
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