Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Monday, June 24, 2013
*If you have not read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this review may contain mild spoilers. You have been warned.*
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Website
Source: Bought
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? 
 Summary from Riffle.
How do I express how exceptional this book is? I was blown away by Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but Days of Blood and Starlight is on a whole new level.

One aspect that really stands out is the writing; Laini Taylor has a way with words that is just achingly beautiful. She is able to capture a heartbreaking atmosphere and surprising moments of humor with equal skill. Furthermore, her writing style is completely enrapturing. You will not want to stop reading for a second. Who knows, you may find yourself slipping it into your bag on your way to go somewhere on the off chance you'll get just a second to read it... not that I did anything of the sort, of course. ;)

You'll also want to keep reading because this book is so damn suspenseful. The minute you think you know what's going on, Taylor takes the plot in a direction you would have never expected. All of the characters are constantly in the midst of some turmoil and it's that balance of dismay and despair combined with unrelenting hope that makes the story so powerful. 

But it's also the characters that give DoBaS its heart. Karou has changed drastically, but even though she knows her past, she's still lost in her present. Her transformation, not just from the first book to the second, but throughout DoBaS, is seamless. The best part, though, is the development of the supporting characters, especially Zuzana and Mik. Zuzana is the comic relief (a role she plays awesomely) but she's also a seriously loyal badass who I rooted for just as much as I rooted for Karou or Akiva. There are so many other characters who I could extol for many, many more paragraphs (Ziri, Hazael, Liraz, Sveva), but I'll spare you.

One last bit I have to mention is the INCREDIBLE world-building. Eretz is stunning, even in its war-torn, desolate state. Everything is just so completely vivid, terrible and beautiful all at once. I really loved how Taylor incorporates Hebrew (for example, Eretz means country) because it adds something special.

Seriously, if you haven't read this book yet, GO. Get off of this blog and go get a copy! And then come back so we can talk about it and console each other over how Dreams of Gods and Monsters is still so far away.
*5 stars*
A Quote from the Book: "Mercy, she had discovered, made mad alchemy: a drop of it could dilute a lake of hate."
What was the last book you read that blew your mind?

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