“Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)” by Laini Taylor
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
Sooooo slow. I couldn’t believe how slow the first half of the book was (for me). I know books and stories take a while to build up and set the scene. I’m fine with that. It shouldn’t take over 200 pages to get to the really good stuff though. That’s a bit much for me. Thankfully the story does get really interesting when everything started to fall into place. For the last half of the book I was glued to the book speed reading.
I found the book to be really confusing. That might be more my fault though. I did listen to the first book as an audiobook over several months. That’s enough to make my memories of the book a bit shaky. Plus that was several months ago. I might have forgotten what was happening other than Karou=Madrigal and Akiva killed her family.
With that said, the story itself was still really confusing. There were multiple storylines going on which can be hard to follow. On top of that, the chapters were on the shorter side and you were frequently hopping between stories. Just when you start settling into a story, you’re moved on to the next one. That made it really hard for me to really get into the story.
I did appreciate that Taylor did do some good world building. She fills us in on the politics of the worlds. She split the time pretty well between the Chimera world and the Seraphim world. You do start to understand each group’s perspective on the issues. Despite the lovely world building, I personally just didn’t care about either group for some reason.
The bottom line? Solid enough sequel but I didn’t love it.