Let me say right off the bat that if you are looking forward to the continuing romance between Akiva and Karou, you will be disappointed. Days of Blood and Starlight is a book about war. Karou is with the Chimaera and Akiva is with the Seraphim -- and both these factions refuse to stop killing each other, even though their world is being decimated by the battle.
Neither Karou nor Akiva is happy with the war. They vowed to make a difference and make things better in Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and they still feel like the world could be better, but Karou is so ticked at Akiva that any hope of them working together is lost.
Karou takes on a new roll within the Chimaera, which adds a new aspect to her character and puts her in a delicate situation. They need her, but they hate her. I enjoyed the expanding relationship between Akiva and his brother and sister. Zuzana and Mik are just the icing on the cake, as far as characters go.
The plot is intricate. There are a lot of secrets within the two sides that are revealed as we go along, and I was surprised by the twists. Taylor has created an imaginative world and weaves a plot through that world like no other.
I really don't have much to complain about. I thought the book was a bit long and tedious at times. I did read it very fast, because I wanted to find out what happened, but it takes concentration. There are a lot of characters and they are changing all the time, so you have to stay on your toes.
Fans of Daughter of Smoke & Bone should be very happy with Days of Blood & Starlight. This is another in a growing list of "awesome second books in the series" that I've read lately! And given the setup at the ending, I can't wait to see what is going to happen in book three!
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, November 6, 2012
Copy obtained from the library
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