Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight

Book - 2012
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"The otherworldly Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316133982
9780316133975
Branch Call Number: TAY
Characteristics: 517 p. : map
Alternative Title: Days of blood and starlight

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RebelBelle13
May 02, 2018

This book was tough to get through. It was raw, emotional and harsh. I wasn't aware going into it that the novel was about a full blown war of Chimera versus Angels. It was devastating, and real, and hard to read at times. I desperately wanted Karou and Akiva to be together, as do most readers, I imagine- but Taylor doesn't pull any punches here. Days of Blood and Starlight is about the harsh realities of when two races of people hate each other, and hunt the other down and destroy them, not caring to distinguish between soldiers and civilians.
Karou becoming the new resurrectionist is brilliant. She knows enough to do what needs doing, and does her work amazingly well. Akiva is surviving, and trying to spare as many Chimera lives as possible. Both are walking the line between following orders and insubordination- a delicate dance, to be sure. It's fascinating to watch them try to blend in with their people, and yet try their best to work in the shadows for a better world.
Zuzanna and Mik are refreshing here, and I was happy to see them again. I'm hoping I can dive into their novella next.
As wonderfully vivid and complex and beautiful as Taylor's writing is, this novel was a little on the long side. It could certainly have been 100 pages shorter and not suffered for it in the least.
My favorite character here was Ziri. I hope to see his character develop further in the final book.
I will need to take a break from this world before I start the last novel- because my heart needs a break from all the loss and war.

JCLHebahA Apr 18, 2018

Really solid middle entry to a trilogy. The worldbuilding just keeps getting better, and the stakes just keep going up. Much bleaker than the heady romance of the first book, this one is grim and unsettling, but never entirely without hope. This may be the rare trilogy that I devour back-to-back-to-back just to see how it ends.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

This was gruesome. Dark. Enchanting. Brilliantly told story of love and war.

PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 16, 2018

So much better than the first novel! I could be wrong, since I read this electronically, but I think it was much longer and the work on the plot shows. Here Karou and Akiva go their separate ways, trying to reconcile the past, with what they want the future to be. Not only was there a mere passing mention of Kaz (the annoying ex-boyfriend from the first novel), but Taylor took us deep into Eretz, opening up the story in both time and space. Through Akiva and the Misbegotten, we get to see the hierarchy of Eretz and how the wars between the Seraphim and Chimaera began. Through Karou and her band of Revenants, we see how the Chimaera have lived and what may become of them.

Not only was the backstory interesting, but seeing both Akiva and Karou scheme and work to manipulate the situation, sometimes in success and sometimes in failure, kept the action well-paced in what could have been a very one-note, "everyone gets killed" type of book. The addition of Karou's Czech friends, in particular, helped add some humor to an otherwise dark book. Unlike some middle stories, this one doesn't end with our heroes at the bottom, but they definitely aren't in the clear yet. An enjoyable story that shouldn't be read out of order.

AshleyF2008 Nov 29, 2017

The characters were what drove this book for me. You get to learn a bit more about the chimera and the seraphim from within and I think Laini Taylor did a great job of showing the murkiness of war, without losing a sense of balance between the two sides. There wasn't good or evil because both sides are angry and everyone has lost someone. Without this book, it would have been easy to side completely with the chimera, since Karou is our main character, but this book managed to color them in so many different shades, it wasn't clear who had wronged whom the most.

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humming
Sep 12, 2017

Too much blood and not enough starlight... tedious reading. The first book kept my interest but this one is disappointing.

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ryner
Aug 20, 2017

'Days of Blood & Starlight' picks up shortly after the events of the previous book, finding Karou broken but serving the surviving chimaera, numbly resurrecting the fallen in new, progressively more fearsome soldiers. Her estranged love, Akiva, too, is a shadow of his former self, ashamed of his own actions and devastated by the destruction and slaughter he's witnessed, but seemingly helpless to halt the bloodshed between the two warring factions. With reluctance, both are executing the will of others, but seeking a means of escape.

I enjoyed this second installment nearly as much as the first, although the pace dragged at times. Despite plot necessity, it's unfortunate that Karou and Akiva share very few scenes as they are so much stronger when together. A few events seemed contrived, existing only to create conflict, but overall I recommend this book, especially if you reveled in the first.

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martha_w
Mar 05, 2017

Ugh, this was so good. Karou and Akiva don't share much page time together in this installment, but it's more than made up for by how great so many of the supporting characters are, plus the many, many clever twists and turns of the plot. Laini Taylor has created such a fascinating, immersive fantasy world, and I can't wait to see how she wraps everything up in book 3. So, so glad I finally got around to reading these books.

ArapahoeBridget Feb 16, 2017

I loved this book. The story that just started to unfold at the end of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone blossoms, and it's perfect. Bloody and twisty with secrets and stories that twine together near the finale.

JCLDebbieF Sep 21, 2016

One of the best sequels to a book I've ever read. Very unique and original story.

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JCLHebahA Apr 18, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Does contain an attempted rape. It's not gratuitous to the plot or handled in a titillating manner, but trauma survivors may want to be forewarned.

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PimaLib_SherrieB Jun 30, 2015

Mercy breeds mercy as slaughter breeds slaughter. We can't expect the world to be better than we make it."

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