Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

The Basics:
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Hachette Book Group, Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Book Two in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series
Published November 6, 2012
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Why I picked up this book:

After reading the first, I had to know what happened next.


Once upon a time, and angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

My thoughts:

Wow. Wow. Wow.

I don't know if I can even hope to express what an emotional journey this series has been through books one and two.

This book, Days of Blood & Starlight, had me crying more often then not - out of joy, out of sadness. I convinced myself that a not happy ending was okay because it meant the characters wouldn't have to suffer so much any more.  And then something would happen in the story and it would open up a little space for hope... and then more suffering.

Where the first book was all about the reveal of Eretz and the conflict between chimaera and angels, the second book dives into that conflict and explodes it outward.

I don't want to say too much, to give anything away. The cast of characters expands to include some awesome people, some jerks, and some serious villains. There's scheming, there's secrets, there's... so much emotion. I cannot emphasize that part enough.

This is a beautiful written story about conflict and love and hope and death and life and... read it!  Read it!!!!  I want to squee and babble and rave about this book, but I don't want to spoil anything for someone who hasn't had the pleasure of reading it first.

Bottom line:
I loved this book. I'm going to buy the third in the trilogy as soon as it's available, in hardcover, because the books are gorgeous inside and out.

5 stars
For fans of good books, fantasy, angels and 'demons', star-crossed lovers, emotional tales

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book more than the first even though it was so sad. I can't wait for the final book.