Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Summary from Goodreads: 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. Forhope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
I had mixed feelings about starting this book; the first was REALLY good and I felt like it was complete, even though there was an openness for a second book.
I am so glad I decided to read the second book. I devoured it!
Laini Taylor has found her calling for sure, she is a talented author. The writing is high quality and easy to read.
This book is deep, it's complex, and at times dark. Karou grows and begins to establish herself within her community, but she still has so much work to do. Karou is also trying find the balance between her human life and her knowledge of the answers from Book 1. We learn more about Akiva in this book and begin to understand him better. As the summary states, Karou and Akiva are on opposing sides of the war and it is truly agonizing. Zuze - I wish I had a friend like her, she is amazing, like the best book friend ever.
The plot has plenty of action and lots of important things happen. This book is about war and the events make that very clear. We learn a ton about the world that Korou and Akiva come from and there is still so much more to learn. The ending is fantastic, but will leave you hanging so be sure to have book 3 ready!