Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight

Book - 2012
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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?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316133975
Characteristics: 517 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Days of blood and starlight


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Sep 12, 2017

Too much blood and not enough starlight... tedious reading. The first book kept my interest but this one is disappointing.

Aug 20, 2017

'Days of Blood & Starlight' picks up shortly after the events of the previous book, finding Karou broken but serving the surviving chimaera, numbly resurrecting the fallen in new, progressively more fearsome soldiers. Her estranged love, Akiva, too, is a shadow of his former self, ashamed of his own actions and devastated by the destruction and slaughter he's witnessed, but seemingly helpless to halt the bloodshed between the two warring factions. With reluctance, both are executing the will of others, but seeking a means of escape.

I enjoyed this second installment nearly as much as the first, although the pace dragged at times. Despite plot necessity, it's unfortunate that Karou and Akiva share very few scenes as they are so much stronger when together. A few events seemed contrived, existing only to create conflict, but overall I recommend this book, especially if you reveled in the first.

Mar 05, 2017

Ugh, this was so good. Karou and Akiva don't share much page time together in this installment, but it's more than made up for by how great so many of the supporting characters are, plus the many, many clever twists and turns of the plot. Laini Taylor has created such a fascinating, immersive fantasy world, and I can't wait to see how she wraps everything up in book 3. So, so glad I finally got around to reading these books.

AL_BRIDGET Feb 16, 2017

I loved this book. The story that just started to unfold at the end of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone blossoms, and it's perfect. Bloody and twisty with secrets and stories that twine together near the finale.

JCLDebbieF Sep 21, 2016

One of the best sequels to a book I've ever read. Very unique and original story.

Mar 10, 2016

I read this book too fast, but I just couldn't stop. I finished it today, immediately grabbed the next, and began reading. Boy, was this book an emotional rollercoaster. I would recommend reading it at a more realistic pace than I did. I was too excited after the finished Smoke and Bone so I started flipping pages ridiculously fast, which resulted in some frustration. I felt that Karou took a little too long to collect herself, but that may have been due to my own impatience. The second installment still jumps around a bit like the first novel did, but not as dramatically.

Ultimately, I was and am completely invested. I care about the characters and need to know what happens to them, especially because this novel introduces some amazing people (and unfortunately takes some away too). I can't wait to finish the third!

kirstd31 Jan 11, 2016

Good book! It was fun to see Karou in her own world. I enjoyed meeting the Chimera characters. Excited to see how the series concludes.

Jul 21, 2015

After reading and re-reading the first book in this series, I had to update myself. This sequel to the story of Karou and her world indulged me with entertainment. In the turn of events, I read about survival in a trivial world and prompting action needed for that. The detail Taylor writes about in the fantastical world of Chimaera and Seraphim gives it realism. Even though realistically, the story can't be realistic. However, it is that is what gives this story its charm. It allows the reader to escape their world and fully involved with the one they read about. If you have already read the first book, it's basically instinct to read this one. And if you haven't read the series, prepared to be blown out of your world. Into this one.

JCLCatherineG Feb 24, 2015

This book was so much fun to read! Your imagination runs wild trying to picture all of the different Chimaera characters.

Jan 04, 2015

In this second book of Taylor "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" series, Karou and Akiva are separated and each dealing with the reactions of their respective fellow beings, chimaera and seraphim. It's rough going for both of them--Akiva's emperor is bent on wiping out the chimaera and Karou's war lord is bent on wiping out the seraphim. Karou's been conscripted as the new resurrectionist to help build back up the army lost to the rampaging angels, but as bigger, stronger, and way creepier mixtures of chimaera. Akiva' trying to change his siblings' minds about their warring ways ("We can't expect the world to be better than we make it.").
Meanwhile, back in Prague, Karou's best friend, Zou-Zou, decides to decrypt Karou's sparse e-mail messages and then sets out to find her, with her boyfriend, Mik, in tow.
The seraphim emperor's motto is "The Beasts Must Die", Thiago's (new head of chimaeran army) motto is "Victory and Vengeance", while Karou, Akiva, and Brimstone hope for "Life and Peace".
You can see where things might get complicated.
With an angelic coup d'etat near the end of this book, an unplanned change of chimaeric characters, and someone just stupid enough to tell the angels about human weapons, the ending is really just the beginning.
I've got the next book, ready to begin. And, I like this story so much, I'm going to listen to the audiobook versions, too.

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PimaLib_SherrieB Jun 30, 2015

Mercy breeds mercy as slaughter breeds slaughter. We can't expect the world to be better than we make it."


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