Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor was kind of a tough one to get into for me. It didn’t help that I didn’t really remember what had happened in the first book in the trilogy and there wasn’t a whole lot of re-capping provided. And it is a very heavy, dark story with lots of war and blood and fighting which are tougher reads anyway. The themes throughout the story are thought-provoking and great for discussion; Why are the wars between chimera and angels being fought? What is the ultimate purpose? Is it really wrong to love whomever we want? Is it necessary for some evil to happen for good to prevail? I’m sure if I sat and thought for a while longer I could come up with a ton more…The way Taylor writes is wonderful too. Beautiful sentences and thoughts are spread throughout the book.
“And yet…the only hope is hope” ~Laini Taylor
So why only a rating of 3/5 you ask? Well, because it was just sooo dark and frustrating despite its’ other great qualities. I admit to a lot of skimming pages during bloody battles and watching bad TV over the past week when I typically would have been immersed in a book because I just didn’t want to read about something so depressing.
Karou, the main character, has taken up resurrecting monster chimera soldiers on Earth for the retaliation against the angels in Eretz. After falling in love with Karou’s character in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I was surprised by how much I disliked her in this novel. She drove me absolutely crazy until about the final 100 pages because of how weak she appeared to be in this story. I’m guessing Karou’s weakness was purposefully crafted by Taylor to show a personal journey throughout the novel, but it made me want to jump into the book and yell at her. However, Akiva and his two siblings, Liraz and Hazael, are much more interesting to read about in this story. The book is told from multiple points of view, but mainly from Karou’s and Akiva’s which meld together seamlessly unlike their love at the moment.
As Karou makes her monsters, battles wage, but for what purpose? Death is everywhere and if the fighting doesn’t stop can anyone survive? Can hope prevail? This book does answer many questions, but the ending will leave you begging to read the next one which doesn’t look like it will be coming out until April 2014 according to Taylor’s blog…but it will be the last one in the trilogy!!