Book Review #91: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 05/06/12
My 6th book this year.)

Two worlds at war; the Chimaera (part human, part animal) race vs the Angels. Akiva, the angel bred for destruction. Karou, a Chimaera resurrectionist whose mission is to rebuild her race, making them stronger, bigger and faster.

Madrigal was reborn in the form of a human, her maker, teacher and father figure was Brimstone. Brimstone wanted to give her a new life, renaming her “Karou”, meaning hope. Hope in fulfilling her dream of peace and no more war, peace between the Angels and Chimaera.

Karou was guilty of falling for Akiva, for loving him, but she had to choose between her people or Akiva whilst more and more died fighting in this war of races. Karou is held responsible for creating a beastly army to help her leader, White wolf, destroy the Angels.

Being raised in the human world, Karou has human friends. Her best friend Zuzanna always knew Karou was special, but after disappearing without a word she somehow manages to track her down and gets caught up in the world of beasts.

Karou now has to keep her friends alive long enough to work out if she will blindly follow the White Wolf’s orders or follow her once simple dream for a peaceful world.


This is the 2nd book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Still a stunningly written book full of suspense but not quite as good as book 1. Too much darkness and too much sadness, but the ending made it all worthwhile as I am now waiting to pick up book 3.

Karou is too subdued and controlled. I preferred when she was a free spirit being able to do whatever she wanted. She is such a broken character everything that happens around her is dramatic.

I still love this series and would still recommend it as I am very much looking forward to the final book.

Written by Ling Lee.

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