Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Pub­lisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Pub­li­ca­tion date: November 6th 2012

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?

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.

Days of Blood and Starlight was one of my most anticipated books of this year, and, as almost all of my other highly anticipated reads, it ended up disappointing me. Are my expectations too high or do the books have actual problems?

If you’ll have me answer that question, then I’d say that the books have major problems. But again, that’s just me.

Anypoodle, Days of Blood and Starlight was released a year later, give or take, from the time I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This means that I had no recollection of the past events. This means that I went in blindly.

If you are in my situation then know this: you will find yourself confused throughout the book. If you are not in my situation, then you’ll be probably happy because Laini Taylor spared you those annoying flashbacks.

You lucky duck.

Another problem I have with Days of Blood and Starlight is the story. Laini Taylor is taking it in a very different direction than its predecessor. I felt like it was more fantasy-ish than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Which is good. Or is supposed to be good.

No more teenage drama, no more love triangles and all that crap. Gimme, right?

Well, it did not work for me for some unknown reason. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want stupid teenage shit. I just wanted.. something else that I can’t name and did not happen in Days of Blood and Starlight.
“Karou.” It was only a whisper, but she jumped at the sound of her name. Who—? She saw no one, she had heard no approach. Only… A draft of heat. A drift of sparks. Oh god. No. And then like a dropped veil, his glamour vanished and he was before her. Akiva.

Maybe more of this? I guess so. Too much war-related drama, too few Karou and Akiva.

Overall I did not hate it nor love it as I was expecting. It was just ok. That’s disappointing when I think of how awesome Daughter of Smoke and Bone is. I hope Laini Taylor makes it up to me in her next book.

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