Days of Blood & Starlight

Taylor, Laini

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Days of Blood & Starlight
"The otherworldly Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people"--

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316133975
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Characteristics: 517 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Alternate Title: Days of blood and starlight


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Laini Taylor introduces us to a battle-scarred world where seraphim and chimaera have long inflicted cruel violence upon each other. Karou, a talented art student living in Prague, considers the chimaera her friends and family. The trouble begins when Karou falls in love with the handsome and... Read More »

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Feb 24, 2015

This book was so much fun to read! Your imagination runs wild trying to picture all of the different Chimaera characters.

Jan 04, 2015
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In this second book of Taylor "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" series, Karou and Akiva are separated and each dealing with the reactions of their respective fellow beings, chimaera and seraphim. It's rough going for both of them--Akiva's emperor is bent on wiping out the chimaera and Karou's war lord is bent on wiping out the seraphim. Karou's been conscripted as the new resurrectionist to help build back up the army lost to the rampaging angels, but as bigger, stronger, and way creepier mixtures of chimaera. Akiva' trying to change his siblings' minds about their warring ways ("We can't expect the world to be better than we make it.").
Meanwhile, back in Prague, Karou's best friend, Zou-Zou, decides to decrypt Karou's sparse e-mail messages and then sets out to find her, with her boyfriend, Mik, in tow.
The seraphim emperor's motto is "The Beasts Must Die", Thiago's (new head of chimaeran army) motto is "Victory and Vengeance", while Karou, Akiva, and Brimstone hope for "Life and Peace".
You can see where things might get complicated.
With an angelic coup d'etat near the end of this book, an unplanned change of chimaeric characters, and someone just stupid enough to tell the angels about human weapons, the ending is really just the beginning.
I've got the next book, ready to begin. And, I like this story so much, I'm going to listen to the audiobook versions, too.

Oct 17, 2014
  • erin89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read! A lot darker and more intense then the first one but still amazing.

Mar 30, 2014

“Days of Blood and Starlight” is the sequel to Laini Taylor’s other novel, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”. This novel once again follows the slightly unfortunate adventures of eighteen year old Karou, a chimaera-human who has lost her entire family. With war threatening to tear apart not only the two mythical worlds of the Chimaera and the Serpahin, but now Earth too, Karou must rush to save the day. However, with the apparent betrayal of her lover, and with evil striking closer to home than necessary, all hope seems lost for poor Karou.
This novel is a fantastic read. It is just as good as the first novel in the series. The characters are still entertaining and believable, and the unique blend of fantasy worlds and Earth help to form a new, interesting setting. The plot is fast moving for the most part, but there are some parts of the novel that seem to drag on slightly. The author of this review highly recommends “Days of Blood and Starlight”, as it is entertaining and gripping.
Even though “Days of Blood and Starlight” is such a good read, it is not recommended for a ‘book talk’, or to be used to write an essay. There are no underlying meanings, and ‘reading between the lines’ is not needed. The author of this review recommends that readers read the first novel in the series first, as it may seem confusing if readers do not have the explanation of the first novel. “Days of Blood and Starlight” is suitable for ages fourteen and up, due to its slightly dark nature, and slight mature content. This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat, and you will find that you are unable to put it down. For this reason, the author of this review highly recommends “Days of Blood and Starlight”.

Mar 27, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

God damn it, that was a good book. Unexpectedly, a bit long but not unnecessarily so. So excited to see what the author has cooked up in the next installment. Gonna be a blast! Of course, like all other books, a couple things that made me go hmm....
1. Ziri's and Mik's visit: I understand their purpose and appreciate it but it was a bit comical, wasn't it? Almost as if it was making light of a serious situation.
2. I'm just wondering why it took seventeen years for Akiva to burn down all the portals and the Seraphim to attack right when Akiva just happens to find out about Karou's identity? Because I thought he had found out the secret of resurrection back when Madrigal died.
3. I found it hard to believe that wolf claws could not rip off a pair of jeans and needed to be unbuttoned lol (The Wolf is just one of those characters that you just love to hate)

Mar 03, 2014
  • LalalaLand rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Had so much fun reading this. Laini Taylor has amazing writing and imagination.

Feb 15, 2014
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Extremely captivating series! So glad JCL has the 3rd book - Dreams of Gods and Monsters on order in the catalog so I can get my hold placed on it.

Jan 11, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't put it down! I love Laini Taylor's imagination! This one was a little darker than the last but I can't wait to read the third.

Nov 07, 2013

Amazing. Written the same style as the first book, but the plot is progressing...warning...there's a cliffhanger.

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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