Days of Blood & Starlight is the sequel to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone, a YA fantasy novel of angels and demons that is both chilling and unputdownable. This post will contain spoilers from the first book, so if you haven’t read it, stop reading now.
In a parallel world to our own, the chimera are at war with the angels. Unlike in our own heavenly mythology, there aren’t really clear-cut good guys and bad guys. Both sides have been at war for so long that they have no collective memory of peace. Two young lovers once imagined another way of life, but that was before the angel Akiva ordered the genocide of Karou’s entire city. Now, Karou and Akiva are two lost souls with the power to change the world, but an unbreachable rift between them.
Akiva has returned to his position in the angel army, but killing chimera no longer feels right to him. His disillusionment with war begins to spread throughout the angel ranks, providing a glimmer of hope.
Meanwhile, Karou has returned to the chimera and is using her power of necromancy/restoration to breathe new hope into the chimera’s fight. However, the chimera army is being led by Karou’s unscrupulous almost-ex-fiance, and Karou constantly feels unsafe among her own people.
Days of Blood & Starlight is fast-paced and suspenseful. We see both Karou and Akiva struggling with their own beliefs, but even at their darkest moments (and there have been plenty of them so far), you can tell that neither believes that war and violence are a productive way for their peoples to move forward. It is heartening to see both Karou and Akiva inspiring others by their example. And the cliffhanger ending… so dramatic! I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy to be released so that I can see how it all comes together in the end.