Literary Friday: Days of Blood & Starlight

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"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.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, 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."

Laini Taylor rocks my socks. This sequel to Daughter of Smoke & Bone is just as compelling and creative as the first book. It picks up shortly after the first book left off (but not so abruptly that you're trying to remember what happened), and it involves all of my favorite characters: Karou, Akiva, Zuzana, Mik, and even some new chimaera who become developed, wonderful voices in a fully-fleshed out world. 

Days of Blood & Starlight keeps to the same imaginative world and compelling storylines, but the emphasis is less on romance in this sequel, and more on te brewing conflict. Additionally, it's focused on Karou and questions of what loyalty means, what sacrifice is, what duty is, where and how you draw that line.....and consequences.

I don't want to say too much and give things away, so I'll just stick with this: I loved it, I recommend it (though read Daughter of Smoke & Bone first) and I will be getting the third book ASAP.

I highly recommend this series (read book 1 before book 2!) to fans of mythology, fantasy, contemporary crossovers, female protagonists, well-developed worlds, complex and comprehensive characters, imaginative fiction, and pretty much everyone literate who likes things like imagination and creativity.

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