Book Talk 1/11/19: Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood & Starlight
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor 2012 Little Brown & Co.
Amazon Blurb: In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed paranormal fantasy–Daughter of Smoke & Bone–Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people.
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.
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 a battle: a battle for redemption. But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dreams?
My Review: The story begins with Zuzana and Mik trying to trace Karou’s whereabouts. What they find, neither is prepared for. Karou has gone home to find everyone and everything she loved destroyed—by Akiva. Love turns into hatred. Seeking revenge, she begins to build an army to go against the seraphim, led by Thiago. But Thiago still remembers her treachery in choosing Akiva over him. He sends one of his chimera to spy on her. When Zuzana and Mik stumble upon her hideout, Thiago uses them to threaten Karou. After Akiva saves his life, Karou is told by Kirin, one of her own kind from Eretz, that Thiago is stoking anger and distrust about her to all the chimera. It looks as if Karou doesn’t have a way out. When Akiva tries to talk to her, she turns away, in league with Thiago. But is Thiago the brute he was?
This was kind of hazy in the beginning as to what was happening with the story as Karou is missing for a quarter of the story. The beginning is about the search for her. And for Akiva to think she died like her people. I liked how the story pulled together though after that and the viewpoints of Zuzana and Mike, Karou, and Akiva weave together well after that. It is a tragic and sad story but both Akiva and Karou hold on to hope, even if it’s not at each other’s side.