Book: Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE...This November, the story continues in the astounding, must-read sequel, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living - one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers' arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon's secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel - a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. This was not that world.
Okay, so this was a big book for me in both ways. Firstly it was pretty long and secondly, I was the well awaited sequel the it fantabulous predecessor. I adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone, after buying on whim, and when i had the opportunity to review this I was like YES!
Anyway the book picks up where the last one left off, though slightly ahead. Throughout the book it follows both Karou and Akiva. It follows Akive as he had lost Karou (with his siblings) and he is fighting for peace whilst the chimera and angles are at war. Karou makes it to Eretz but is captured by Thiago and now works as a restrictionist.
The plot is detailed and keeps you enthralled. It starts of quick and the mount you read you are captivated by the story, but i did find towards the middle parts it did slow a little and drag. However, soon the end came and i couldn't put the book down. Each chapter switched POV on a cliffhanger keeping me desperate to know what happened next. The plot was a perfect plot, with equal amounts of sadness and happiness and loads of effort went into this masterpiece.
As for the writing, I knew what DOSAB was like and it had set my standards high. DOBAS did not fail. The writing was absolutely stunning a perfect balance of description and dialogue. What i really loved though was that whilst maintaining 3rd person Taylor let us into the minds of characters to really understand their feelings and what they were going through.
Characters. Characters don't really change too much. They stay to the characters we know from book 1 so we don't get too confused. If anything, we get know characters only hinted at in book 1 and those we already know we learn more about. Taylor really has a way of letting you into the minds of her characters, where you base on knowledge really grows about them. The characters were well formed and the brilliant idea of the chimera made each one individual and unique. A true pleasure to read.
Overall the story was stunning, the book an absolute pleasure to read. I devoured completely and was simply left wanting more. A favourite from 2012!