Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Book Two of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy
Published on November 6, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
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This book is on my physical shelf, in hardcover, bought from Thrift Books.  I also listened to this through Audible.

“Over that blackened landscape hung something Karou had never felt before: an emptiness so profound that the very atmosphere felt thin, it felt scraped, like an animal hide stretched on a rack and hacked at and hacked at until it was clean.” pg. 51

Armed with the knowledge of her history, Karou must come to terms with how it affects the present, and what it means for her future.

For a full synopsis, please visit Goodreads.

Universal Studios acquired the rights to Daughter of Smoke & Bone (the first novel of the trilogy)  in December 2011.  (source)

I don’t know if it’s just me but the second installment of movies or books always disappoint me.  My only exception to this rule is LOTR: The Two Towers–because that movie is AWESOME.

Before I get sidetracked with LOTR talk, I have to admit that Days of Blood & Starlight is still good.  It’s still captivating.  Still well-written.  Still richly vibrant.

So what is wrong with it?  Karou.  The same reason why I LOVED Daughter of Smoke & Bone is now the reason why I was getting so annoyed with the second book.  Where is the girl I grew to love?  Where is her determination, her curious nature, her spark?  It’s gone and it’s frustrating.  But it’s also somewhat understandable.  I say “somewhat” because the direction she goes to is an extreme and irrational.  But that’s a personal opinion.

Aside from my internal disapproval of Karou and all her actions, Laini Taylor does more than a few things right.  The incorporation of Suzana and Mik is masterful.  They’re the literal link to Karou’s human life and the figurative link to her humanity.  The introduction of Ziri–oh, sweet Ziri.  I love him.  He adds another depth to the Madrigal/chimaera world.

This installment is a little over 500 pages and yet, you don’t notice it because the way Laini Taylor moves the plot is seamless.  Yes, there are frustrating moments, but I never felt like the story was dragging.   If Daughter of Smoke and Bone is about Karou finally discovering who she is, Days of Blood and Starlight is Karou trying to figure out what that identity means for her and the people she loves.  And boy, is that a tough path.

Although I did not enjoy this as much as the first one, it isn’t because there is a decline in Laini Taylor’s writing or a lull in plot development.  I understand that the events that take place are a necessity, but it doesn’t mean I have to whole-heartedly like it.

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