Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight

eBook - 2012
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"The otherworldly Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316215435
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (517 p.) : maps


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SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

This was gruesome. Dark. Enchanting. Brilliantly told story of love and war.

PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 16, 2018

So much better than the first novel! I could be wrong, since I read this electronically, but I think it was much longer and the work on the plot shows. Here Karou and Akiva go their separate ways, trying to reconcile the past, with what they want the future to be. Not only was there a mere passing mention of Kaz (the annoying ex-boyfriend from the first novel), but Taylor took us deep into Eretz, opening up the story in both time and space. Through Akiva and the Misbegotten, we get to see the hierarchy of Eretz and how the wars between the Seraphim and Chimaera began. Through Karou and her band of Revenants, we see how the Chimaera have lived and what may become of them.

Not only was the backstory interesting, but seeing both Akiva and Karou scheme and work to manipulate the situation, sometimes in success and sometimes in failure, kept the action well-paced in what could have been a very one-note, "everyone gets killed" type of book. The addition of Karou's Czech friends, in particular, helped add some humor to an otherwise dark book. Unlike some middle stories, this one doesn't end with our heroes at the bottom, but they definitely aren't in the clear yet. An enjoyable story that shouldn't be read out of order.

AshleyF2008 Nov 29, 2017

The characters were what drove this book for me. You get to learn a bit more about the chimera and the seraphim from within and I think Laini Taylor did a great job of showing the murkiness of war, without losing a sense of balance between the two sides. There wasn't good or evil because both sides are angry and everyone has lost someone. Without this book, it would have been easy to side completely with the chimera, since Karou is our main character, but this book managed to color them in so many different shades, it wasn't clear who had wronged whom the most.

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.

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


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