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—andwhat 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?
Only one word can describe my feelings about this book:
Don’t take that the wrong way. I mean it in a good way. A very good way.
You know why I love this series so much? Because it’s different. I’d previously rage-quit reading anything even remotely YA because I just can’t with the contrived drama, and the angst, and the dopey, sappy, first time love, and the Mary Sues. The goddamn Mary Sues.
Authors, stahp it with the goddamn Mary Sues.
And then there’s the love triangles. Anyone who’s spoken to me for a fraction of a second on here probably already knows exactly how I feel about love triangles because I carry a banner with me from thread to thread that announces my feelings on that subject. Its message is aided by the fifty megaphones I keep strapped to my person, the volume set to stun as they blare forth:
“AUTHORS, STAHP IT WITH THE MOTHER FUCKING LOVE TRIANGLES.”
But then there’s YA born from the brain of Laini Taylor. I’ll read it. Nay, I’ll devour it. Breathe it in and hold it in my lungs for as long as possible before I’m forced to exhale or lose consciousness. I’m not saying that she’s exempt from using some of the above themes and tropes. Hell, I think this book has all of them. You know what makes it so different? It’s the beautiful writing, the pacing of the story, the incredible characterization, the depth to which she delves, the entire execution really.
Unlike so many others in this category, she makes these overused themes believable, relatable, and addicting as fuck. Therefore, she gets ALL THE STARS.