Check out my review for Daughter of Smoke & Bone (#1).
Title: Days of Blood & Starlight (Smoke & Bones #2 of 3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Original language: English
The Chimera world has received a lethal blow. Brimstone and his crew murdered, Karou now stands alone in the fight against Seraphims. Now that she remembers her true self, Karou becomes painfully aware that her love for Akiva has doomed her people not once, but twice. Akiva betrayed her, he is her enemy and therefore must die alongside his kind.
I was really frustrated with Karou for about three quarters of the book. The cool spunky girl from book one was replaced by an emo version who did nothing but whine all day long. Her new situation isn’t an easy one, she now has to work as the official Chimera resurrectionist, instead of Brimstone. Now under the command of Thiago, the White Wolf, life is hard and the responsibilities weight heavily on her. Even so, I didn’t expect this to crush her soul to bits, considering her personality in book one.
She blindly blames Akiva for all of her sorrows which is totally unfair. Yes, Akiva was/is a pretty bad guy, but Karou isn’t spotless herself. They are both deeply implicated in warfare, and they are both responsible for deaths brought upon either side of the war. Using Akiva as a scapegoat for her misfortunes really ticked me off, especially since Akiva spent the whole book trying to redeem himself by saving her (and her friends) several times. Regardless of the strained Akiva/Karou relationship, I liked the new characters like Thiago and Ziri. I got really attached to the latter and spent my time worrying about his fate.
The second book was well developed, it had a solid plot with good twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it rapidly. As soon as I finished this one, I went ahead and picked up the third and final installment. This series is truly engaging and remarkable. I know I’ll be rereading it a few times in the future. Days of Blood & Starlight gets one star less than Daughter of Smoke & Bone because of Karou’s attitude.