Friday, January 18, 2013

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Once upon a time and angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

I am a huge fan of Laini Taylor's writing and Days of Blood and Starlight was no exception. It is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it was...intense! Taylor has a true gift and her prose transports you to these far off places filling you with wonder and at the same time familiarity.  Blood and Starlight is just as magical as Smoke and Bone but much more...painful...more realistic--in a completely fantastical angels and chimera making kind of way. The only minor disappoint I had with the book was after staying up most of the night instead of an ending there was a "to be continued"; I am now forced to wait till the next installment ..I guess that means I have plenty of time to reread the first book again and fall in love once again with Laini Taylor's magical world.
TANGENTS:

  • I was very glad that Zuzana and Mik kept showing up throughout the book, I was a little worried that they would not be a part of this book as they were in the last one--but don't fear, they're still here.
  • Akiva and Karou...I wanted to hold them, slap them, kiss them, kick them but in the end their together...well at least their in the same room--cave!
  • One of the things I loved was that Akiva's and Madrigal's dream of a different world is coming to pass--just in a terribly ironic way where they aren't a couple anymore and yet they are each wanting to save their people and stop the bloodshed, and now are working together.
  • Laini Taylor on Karou and Akiva's relationship.
  • Where is Karou at the beginning of the novel?
  • All about Ziri. Ziri is an Amazigh name (language of the Berber people of Morocco) that means "moonlight."
  • The mystery Stelian woman...at least I think that she is Stelian.
  • Magical systems in the series.
  • NOTE: Though this book is beautifully written it does have some intense scenes in it too--from a young adult stand point i.e. attempted rape.
  • Sample of audio book.

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