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?
My Review (without spoilers)
I really enjoyed reading this book because I got to know more about the characters from the first book. Further details were revealed as Karou reflected over her “scandalous affair” with Akiva but I felt disappointed in her for dismissing him when everything he did had been for her. Fortunately the ending of the first book had banished any hope in me that Akiva and Karou’s relationship would be rekindled.
Ziri was one of my favorite characters in this book. He is a chimaera from the same tribe as Karou and appears to have feelings for her. I liked him because he fought for his people instead of participating in the mindless massacre that the other chimaera seemed to enjoy.
A lot of this book is bittersweet and despite as the blurb promises, Akiva and Karou come to symbolize a new beginning that might create peace between the chimaera and the angels. However, it takes everything they have to reach a point where they can recreate a dream now in tatters.
I loved this book and I’d definitely recommend this series!