Review: DAYS of BLOOD and STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor

DAYS of BLOOD and STARLIGHT by Laini Taylor

Hardcover, 528 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316133973
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.

My Thoughts: 

Last year my favorite read was the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. I could not get enough of that novel for it was pure beauty, passion and violence amongst a gorgeous backdrop of Prague and an another world and time not easily forgotten. While beautiful locations and terrifying creatures littered it's landscape what took my breath away and remained true was the love story between two unforgettable characters. My heart broke into a millions pieces when I read it's last few pages and could not seem to gain peace until I read it's sequel. 

Now, that I have slowly consumed DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT (because I did not want to miss one single word) I am simply bereft of emotion. I have been put through the emotional wringer and do not believe I could ever give this novel it's proper justice. Laini Taylor is a writing genius and I bow to her divine ability at creating beauty and savageness in equal breathtaking measure, making me a willing captive to any adventure she chooses to write.

As I returned to this mesmerizing world of angels and monsters I became even more invested into the characters, both old and new, than I was before. Unlike it predecessor, this novel concentrated more on it's characters and plot then it's location, which I greatly appreciated but without that distraction of scenery the deluge of characters was a bit overwhelming, especially when the war intensified. I was gripping my book for dear life as the battles for supremacy on both sides escalated, more bloodshed, loss and dispair. My heart was heavy with grief and I knew that as each chapter passed I was not going to find the sweet relief that I longed for. I knew that what I wanted most was for Akiva and Karou to return to one another, to lie together as they once had, lovers of the heart and mind for all enternity but fate wanted me to twist instead.

I wish I could go into deeper detail, but I think this beautiful love story that is deeply ensconced in blood is best left to be experienced by it's reader. A story that you have to take your time and enjoy at your own pace. Please note that you will be taken on an emotional journey that will take your breath away and leave you speechless.  Once you read DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT you will never be the same again.


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