Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: November 8th 2012
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living…
One without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.<
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
Why am I lying on the floor unable to function beyond dying whale noises? Because I don’t know what to do with my life. DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT affected me deeply. I’m struggling to put into words exactly how. And then there’s the fact that the next book doesn’t come out until April 2014. APRIL. 2014.
Waiting that long is going to be an immense struggle. But I’m not here to despair over the next release date. I’m supposed to attempt to tell you what it is exactly that made this book great. Let’s see how far I can get without HFJLSHOHFJKSLHFS!!!!
The summary makes DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT sound like a dark, gloomy, sad book. It is that book. There’s a war going on and nobody is safe.And I mean nobody. Characters I loved died and I cried. Bad things happened to innocent people. Horrible, despicable acts were committed by both chimaera and seraphim. It was painful. And also glorious. War is a good thing for character development I have found. Mains questioning orders, dealing with the acts they were ordered to commit, dreaming of better things. You get to look into the depths of the characters souls and see what truly matters to them. Sometimes they surprise you, like Liraz did me, and start the ball rolling towards a better life for that world.
New characters were introduced in DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT and they were great. Old characters who we’ve only briefly seen before reappear and they’re fantastic! The world expanded beyond Akiva and Karou and we got to glimpse it through other peoples eyes. Zuzana, Mik. Liraz, Hazael, Ziri, and Sveva are the main new faces, I believe. Each had their own struggles and dark points, but they also, strangely, brought happier moments into the novel. Zuzana and Mik were particularly good at cheering me up.
Like I’ve come to expect from Laini Taylor (after reading only one of her books previously…) the writing was beautiful. Magnificent imagery, just wonderful. I don’t know how to describe it. It flows so nicely, sounds so pretty, and makes me wish I was so eloquent with words. I was so wrapped up in it I forgot to mark pages for beautiful quotes.
My words just can’t do this book any kind of justice. In very basic summary, you should read this series just for this book. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is good, but the sequel? DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is in a whole other league of it’s own. It’s awesome and heartbreaking and violent and gory and happy and sad and hopeful. I’m almost certain it will leave you speechless.