Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world.
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.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
I really like this series, it's so bleak and awesome. But I was reeeeally worried when I started book 2, I have read enough books suffering from book 2 syndrome to last me a lifetime. But I still love this world, I still want more. Awesome.
Karou is, well Karou. The whole dual thing was a bit..ok, eh, but I got over it. it was mostly the romance part that bothered me in book 1. But their souls reached out so why would he not fall for her new face.
Akiva grew a bit darker, totally needed btw. The world showed more of it's ugly face. Mass genocide, creepy emperor with thousands of kids. And what about that other mythical country? I want to know more.
Oh the book was awesome. I read it in two sittings, I am sorry but I had to take a sleeping break. BF was getting up in 4 hours. Damn it!
What I like about the book is the feeling of it. It does not try to be more than it is, it does not take in unnecessary things to make it better (and fails).
Recommending this series.
Paperback, 518 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Hodder Paperbacks
Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2
Fantasy romance paranormal