Book Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Liani Taylor

Published November 6th, 2012
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
517 pages (Hardcover)
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? (From Goodreads)
I didn't like it as much as the Daughter of Smoke & Bone (review), but Days of Blood & Starlight is still a great book and awesome sequel!

This time around, the focus is mainly on the fictional world of Eretz.  While I missed Prague as a setting, the world was well developed and complex.  Thankfully, my hardcover copy included a map!

I had a hard time picturing many of the Chimera, which is likely more of a poor imagination fault rather than a character fault.  Some of the Chimera are quite complicated.  I basically ended up picturing whatever I felt like creating in my head, but that was really my only issue with the book.

I love all the characters, and while I would have liked to shake Karou a little, they developed well.  Akiva and Karou had a roller coaster adventure here.  Maybe that will mean a little more kissing in book three?  The relationship between Zuzana and Mik was just too adorable.  They added a needed humour to the story.

Days of Blood & Starlight had death and lies and betrayal and all that fun stuff that gets you so entwined in the novel that putting it down becomes a monumental task.  However, I did find that some spots started to drag a little.  Ultimately, we are set up for what is bound to be a crazy third book!

Much love, Samantha


  1. You've pretty much summed up how I felt about this book too. I missed Prague, had difficulty picturing some of the Chimera, and I basically wanted more kissing between Akiva and Karou. :-) Even so, I think it was still a good book. Not as good as Book 1, but still good. Can't wait for Book 3!

  2. I don't know why I haven't gotten to this yet. I think I'll miss Prague, too. Man, the first one was soooo gorgeous. And I love death and lies and betrayal.

  3. The characters sound great, and I can't wait to start this series, I have been wanting to for a while.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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