29 May 2013

{Audio Review} Day's of Blood and Starlight

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 May 2013 at 12:10 AM | | | | | | |

12812550Days of Blood and Starlight
Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Author: Laini Taylor
Pages: 517
Format: Audio
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Little Brown
Rating: 5 Birds

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?

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE was the first audio book I ever read/listened to for pleasure. Upon finishing it, I was certain of three things. 1) Audio books were one of the greatest things created. 2) Khristine Hvam has one of the best story-telling voices ever. 3) I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Liani Taylor and this series. It took me much longer than in should have to get to DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT but when I finally did my love for Liani Taylor and this series was only strengthened.

Taylor’s ability to tell a story that completely captivates readers never ceases to amaze me. She creates a world and a story so epically beautiful that I was almost brought to tears on several occasions.

However, I must let you know that DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is a much darker book than DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. There is war, bloodshed, and mass causalities. As the old saying goes, “All is fair in love and war.” This rings true in DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.

After the revelations at the end of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, Karou is different. She knows who she is, where she came from, and what she has done. Although she knows that the past can’t be undone, Karou attempts to atone for her sins but as the novel progresses Karou begins to question what her sins actually are. What did she do that was so wrong? Was she even in the wrong at all? And most frightening, is what she’s doing to atone for her sins worse than the original sins she committed?

In DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, we learn a lot about Karou. We do, in fact, learn more about a person when we see them at their worst than we do at their best. Karou is definitely at her worst in this novel but the beauty is watching her make mistakes and then learn from them.

I wasn’t sure how I would like having most of the novel spent with Karou and Akiva apart. As it turns out I didn’t mind too much. With them apart we get to see both sides of the war. We see the chimaera and Seraphim and learn so much more about both sides.

Taylor does find a way to lighten the mood with the appearance of Zuzana and Mik. The two are so funny and entertaining. I would seriously love to have them as friends!

DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is a beautiful story, but make no mistake, it is a story about war. But more than that it is a story about what war does to people, and both the true evil and complete goodness that can be found during a time of war.

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4 comments:

  1. Oh, I so absolutely loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, someone needs to kick me to get the sequel.
    To me it sounds great that there's less Karou and Akiva, and more Karou herself. She's one of my favorite characters ever.

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    1. It definitely is more Karou herself but there's also more Akiva himself also. I felt we learn a lot more about each of the characters in this book!

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  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was better but don't give up on this book. It took me a while to get into this but it got a lot better as I kept reading. I'm excited for the next book.

    Micky Johnson (One Way Links)

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  3. I really loved this book, but it got a bit confusing with the jumping around from character to character. Plus their were some characters that I felt were some what relevant to the story, but really weren't.

    Irene Nushagak Alaska Fishing Lodge

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