Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Days of Blood and Starlight Book Review

**FYI: I'm out of town this week so while my posts are going up automatically, I won't be doing as much commenting/ communicating this week. I probably won't get around to many emails until after memorial day. Sorry for any inconvenience.**

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.

So I read book 1 very recently and greatly enjoyed it. I'm not big on angel/demon books--avoid them like the plague, in fact--but despite that, I really enjoyed Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Still not all about the angel/demon plots, but I liked it enough to want to read the sequel. I requested it at my library, and thought it'd be a long time since there were something like six holds ahead of me, but I got it pretty quickly.

And I gottta say...totally loving this story! Laini Taylor is a masterful story teller! She has a style that throws something shocking your way, and she makes you think she's explained it...until she actually does and you realize she didn't. And the real explanation is always so much better than the one you thought she already gave you.

Okay, that probably won't make any sense except to those who've read the book, but I was totally won over by this second book of the series. As always, there's a air of mysticism and poetry, but also the more grounded action of the story.

We start out not long after book 1 ended. Karou has taken on the role of Resurrectionist for the chimera in Brimstone's wake, Akiva is busy following orders, even a new threat surfaces, and Zuzana--Karou's lighthearted and hilarious friend--is searching for her.

The first part of this book is very much Karou being miserable and mopey and accepting her fate. It's the kind of thing that often frustrates readers, but I wasn't particularly put off by it. Probably because through the writing you can almost feel the action waiting in the wings, ready to pounce on any page.

 There's also a lot more gore that we see in this book. Despite the *spoilers* overall destruction of their demon enemies in the last book *end of spoilers* something is brutally killing angels, and Akiva and his friends are on the front lines, trying to figure it out.

Then we have Zuzana and Mik who embroil themselves in this other-worldly battle through their loyalty (or Zuzana's, anyway) to Karou. 

The three story lines weave together to create a complex tapestry of a story. There's so much epic stuff that happens, setting the stage for book 3 (I'm sure there'll be one) and the certain war (both neo- and ancient) that's sure to come.

Complaints? Nothing major. I'd like to know a bit more of the character's thoughts--especially Akiva's--in a concrete way. I can't say how this is done badly, though. I think it just has to do with Taylor's writing style, which is by no means a bad one.

Also, she thrusts us into the inner workings of the seraphim world, which is rich and fun, but sometimes I felt like I was floundering a bit and would have liked more clarity of description, or perhaps just an earlier introduction to certain locals so they didn't feel new and alien in really important scenes. 

Overall though, these things were trivial, and didn't take away from the overall story.

*One more interesting tidbit: this story had a very Romeo and Juliet feel. Don't worry, I'm not trying to tell you that two star-crossed lovers die at the end or anything (I promise they don't!) but just the story structure itself--and the tragedy that became the turning point. Especially the epic-ness of it all. I really enjoyed it, and it just felt very Shakespearean. (Maybe that's why I enjoyed it. :D) Maybe this is something only a writer would pick up on, but I just thought it was worth noting. I really loved that scene!

Despite my general dislike for most angel/demon stories, I really loved this book and will definitely be continuing the series as it is written. I would recommend it to anyone who loves epic drama, romance, (somewhat) paranormal elements, and forbidden love stories. This one's definitely a keeper!

Has anyone else read Days of Blood and Starlight? What did you think of it?

1 comment :

  1. Ohh!! I should read this book. I read the first one and loved it! I have this one sitting on my shelf for awhile now. Thanks for the review :))