Title: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy (#2)
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Voice Actor: Khristine Hvam
Awards: DABWAHA Romance Tournament for Best Novel with Romantic Elements (2013)
Finished Reading: February 7, 2014
About: “In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.”
Let me just throw this out there before I even talk about the content. Khristine Hvam is my girl. She is absolutely an amazing voice actor. Every character had their own unique voice and/or accent. Every character had qualities brought to life brilliantly by Hvam and I couldn’t imagine any other actor performing this book. So, awesome shout out to Hvam.
**Warning: If you have not read the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, there may be spoilers – there WILL be spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.**
In this installment of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, we pick up where we left the characters in the last one. Karou having just found out about Brimstone and her past life. Akiva having a great role in the demise of her connection with her only family. While following Karou and Akiva, separately, we find out more and more about their different worlds. Karou having been born, originally, among the chimera learns of the seemingly never-ending war between the beasts and the angels. We find out the chimeras secret of how they’ve been able to continue to fight. From Akiva’s view we’re able to see the brutal leadership of the angels and the oppressive state of being born and bred a soldier.
In this book we’re constantly waiting for Karou and Akiva to reunite. We love to love them, but also enjoy their super complicated relationship. How much more complicated can it be that they’re soul mates from another time, but one killed off the other’s family? It’s pretty extreme.
I really enjoyed getting to know Akiva’s closest brother and sister, Hazael and Liraz. Hazael is one of those characters that immediately you think Yeah, we’d be friends. Whereas Liraz is more of the character that you know has a soft and gooey inside, but is smooshed inside a tough, pickley, and deadly exterior.
What did I rate it and why: I rated this one a four-star book. I really liked all the character development and the mythos of the different worlds and how they intersect. My favorite characters made an appearance in this book and I fell in love with others as well. I felt connected to the story and really cared about what happened to our lovers.
So, what did you think? Did you read this? Is it on your “to-read” list? Is this review too broad? Didn’t get a clear picture? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come on Monday.
I know this isn’t a Monday, but I figured I would do book two and three next to each other. Dreams of Gods and Monsters will be out for Monday.
Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!