Book Review: Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Laini Taylor continues to blast apart everything you think you know about the fantasy genre. What began in her breath-taking novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone continues to impress with the highly-anticipated sequel, Days of Blood & Starlight.

days of blood and starlightOnce 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?

A war unfolds on an epic scale within the pages of Days of Blood & Starlight, with former lovers Karou and Akiva left in impossible situations. Torn between loyalty, love, and her own battling emotions, Karou plods forward as best she can … until a shocking truth comes to life.

Taylor’s gorgeous world continues to expand and unfold (and thanks to her husband’s artistic skills, readers finally get a fantasy world map to help them follow along).

Beautifully written and expertly plotted, Days of Blood & Starlight is an excellent sequel and the perfect bridge to what will surely be an explosive third book. It is in stores now.

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