Title: Days of Blood & Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: November 2012
Two Sentence Synopsis: After finding out about the truth of who she really is and the destruction of the only family she ever knew, Karou rejoins the remaining Chimera to help the rebels get revenge on the Seraphim. Akira, not knowing if Karou is still alive or not, still does his part to not needlessly kill any Chimera while on patrol with other Seraphim.
Review: As a whole, I enjoyed this book more than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. My enjoyment probably had a lot to do with not having a whole back story to go through that bogs down the pacing. There’s also the interesting commentary about insta-love (Karou/Madrigal and Akiva) and how it doesn’t really turn out that well. Think about Madrigal being executed for having a relationship with her peoples’ “enemy”, a seraphim, and Akiva’s reaction afterward to continue committing mass genocide. Karou is justifiably angry, feels betrayed by Akiva, and is pretty much drowning in guilt for daring to love him. The seraphim anguishes over whether or not Karou is alive, though he does not kill any more chimera.
What Taylor does with her narrative and the direction it takes is definitely interesting. I’m not 100% sure if I’m totally sold on everything, but like I said, I did enjoy it. It’s also difficult for me to find much to say about Days of Blood & Starlight. I love Zuzana’s character and her relationship with Mik. I find the moral ambiguity of many of the characters, both chimera and seraphim interesting.
If you enjoyed the first book, you will definitely enjoy this sequel.