Hi guys, I hope you're having a great day! This is my review to Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor and is the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two.
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.
Oh my goodness! That was one amazing ride! After thinking about it for a while, I think that it is safe to say that this book was a great ride for me! I have to admit, Days of Blood and Starlight was quite the change in tone and setting from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but nonetheless, it was just as enjoyable and dare I say . . . an odd but pleasant surprise?
I do admit, around pages 138 to 200 I felt like the pacing of the book was too slow. But after that, straight to end, this book was a fun ride! The world-building, the characters, and the slow but amazing way Taylor expands the worlds of Eretz was amazing to read about!
I won't lie, but reading about Karou as a main character was frustrating at times. There were some points in between those 60 - 70 pages (pg. 138 to 200) where I felt like Karou was just so indecisive and it was frustrating! But at the end, Karou rocks the stage, and I can say that she has lived up to her name (LOL, if you've read this then you get it). I think that she was a great character and was stronger than most female characters I've read about in other books.
The secondary where great! I was hoping that Sveva would come back but she was only mentioned just a couple of times. And I thought that there was more back story on the other secondary characters which was great! We learned more about the brother-sister dynamic in between Akiva and his siblings than just the quick touch-up from the last book.
The world-building was great! I think that it could've been a little bit faster, but other than that, Taylor was sure that we knew everything.
The only problem I had with the story was the pacing of it. It was a bit slow at times but other than that, I had no problems.
Overall, great second instalment, once again just really small flaws, but other than that, it was great!
I think anyone who enjoys the Fantasy genre will love this series! It is definitely more than romance, even though there is a bit of that in there. But still, it's good!
I hope you guys have a great day and until the next review!