A Danish Ginger's Point of View
Title: Days of Blood & Starlight
Series Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone (#2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Original Published Date: 2012
Edition Language: Danish
Category: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance,
Summary: (from Goodreads:) Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel 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?
Review: I really liked the first book. Star-crossed lovers have by all time been some of the biggest success! Just look at Romeo and Juliet! Karou and Akiva is two different species (chimera/human and angel) and born enemies. As it is said in the summary Karou feels betrayed by Akiva, so in this book she is feeling hurt and angry. I kinda missed some golden moments between Akiva and Karou - a feeling that everything will might be okay. A split moment where Karou forget her anger - and then remember and steps back. I need something!
The first book was a paranormal romance with action here and there. This book is a paranormal war-book. A war is coming between the chimeras and angels and that is the main plot this time. It is a tense plot and it makes me want to read further, but again I need beautiful moments! I need romance! I respect the author for that, because it is more realistic - my problem is, I don't want that being realistic!
Akiva is again a wonderful character, a tormented one and not over-the-top-one, and Kauro has changed a lot from the first book. She is growing in character in a convincing way. Nothing seems rushed, which I appreciate.
Once again Laini Taylor is amazing to describe the settings. One of the main settings is a kasbah, which she describe as looking like a sandcastle, so those who don't know what a kasbah still have an idea of how it is looking. Loving it! The look of the different chimeras are also really well done.
It is actually a really well done book, but the lack of romance disappointed me - it costed a star. But, but, but! It is looking like that in the last book, the romance will bloom once again, so I am sooooooooooooo gonna read it soon!