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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor [Book Review]

Hello all!

I finally finished the second book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy and I’m excited to read the final book soon and be done with the series! I’m quite happy that I made the choice earlier this year to read this series; it’s so good. The second book was great! Here’s the description of the story from the cover of the book:

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“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 and 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 and 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?”

So from the plot, I thought the second book would be cheesy and have that typical plot where the two lovers try to be together again, but thankfully, this wasn’t the case. It was much different. The best way to describe this book is that.. it’s the darker version of the first book, and rightfully so given after what happened in the first book. Although darker, it was well written! The plot was easy to follow, with lots of interesting scenes every now and then, and best of all: it stayed true. Like the description, both the main characters have their own sides, and we read from both perspectives. The plot was sensible from the beginning to the end too, no immature behaviour from characters and so on. Like the first book, it was easy to understand; readers can comprehend well why the characters were why they were and why they did certain things.

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What I liked most in this book? The characters! We get to see the characters from the first book interact more in this second book, like Zuze and Mik. I love how Laini Taylor gives a certain vibe for each character; bubbly Zuze, hot-tempered Liz and even the monsters in the dining hall who surprisingly enjoyed music! Each character was distinct, and it was great. In terms of relationships, I also love how Laini wrote about friendships in this book, especially when Karou was struggling. There were new characters too, but not too many new characters so I really liked that. I struggle if there’s too many characters to be honest, so I was pleased with the amount of characters in this book, heh.

The world building, sadly it was not as good as the first book. Most of the scenes took place in large, empty fields. I don’t know if it was done on purpose, but I didn’t like it because it was getting boring, especially if there’s no details. It was always the same vast empty spaces and the big buildings with little details. What I did like though was that there was a map of Eretz! And that we get to see more of the world. But yes, it was lacking in details.

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Before I forget, I need to mention one more thing: Laini’s writing. Her writing in this book was SO GOOD. It was so good that I was actually mentally drained from reading this book! But in a good way, of course. The way she wrote about Karou’s pain (the magic tithe) was incredible! Even when you read what Karou had to do, you can feel her pain too, or even her joy when she saw her friends. Laini’s writing in this book really grasped me and made it easier to have personal connections with the characters in the book. Thank you Laini!

All in all, I was glad with how this book turned out. So glad with the maturity of the characters too. I really look forward to the final book of this trilogy and hope that it will end on a high note!

 

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