Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

Title: Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

Author: Laini Taylor

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. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Personal Review:

This isn’t going to be a long review because I don’t think I can read it without majorly spoiling it.

This one keeps you guessing. Who is good? Who is bad? Is there a good and a bad or is that only an illusion? Can you forgive someone who does the unforgivable? How do you move on with your life when the one you trusted and loved the most destroyed the everything else you loved… everyone else you love? Can you ever forgive that person?

Karou deals with all of that and more in Days of Blood & Starlight. Her world was torn apart at the end of the previous book. Everything she thought she knew was wrong. Everyone she loved gone. And Akiva was to blame. So she tries to move on with her life the best she could. But those she choose to align herself with turned out to not be who she thought they were. HOW COULD ONE AUTHOR CAUSE SO MUCH EMOTIONS IN ME!!!

I literally spent the majority of the book refusing to forgive Akiva for doing what he did (if you read Daughter of Smoke and Bones you will know what I mean). The only real happy spots were with Zuzana. I love that girl! I was happy to still see her at the end. Happy she should be in the next book.

And, true to form, at the end of this novel, everything changed all over again. If you are not reading this, YOU NEED TO READ IT!

Rating: 5

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