Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

 

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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two.
In the beginning, there was a little book titled Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Said book left me in a state of heightened emotions all the way through to the end. Then there came Days of Blood and Starlight. I'm not sure how I can even put into words what this book did to me, but I shall try.

Days of Blood and Starlight picks up right after the first book ended. Akiva has taken himself back to Eretz looking for Karou. This is truly our first in depth glimpse into this world of angels and so called demons. In the first book, we only viewed Eretz through flashbacks. What remains today of this place is something completely different. War has come, and it's leaving nothing in it's wake.
 
Once upon a time, the sky knew the weight of angel armies on the move, and the wind blew infernal with the fire of their wings.
I spent the majority of the first part of the book pretty much like
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I couldn't stop. I had to know where Karou was, what she was doing, and who she was doing it for. But then bits and pieces began to get revealed. The truth of what happened with Brimstone came out and the ugly face of war came to head.

Now, I feel like I should state that I apparently do not handle the killing of innocents in war well at all. There were many times when I had to literally step away to give myself space to breathe.

We get introduced to many more players this time around: Sveva and her sister Sarazal, Rath, Ziri, Ten, Jael...many I despised but many I grew to love. And a few followed Akiva and Karou into this journey and proved themselves loyal.
 
Once upon a time, a girl lived in a sandcastle, making monsters to send through a hole in the sky.
For some things, there just are no words to describe what I felt as they happened. The last half of the book had me as follows:
 
First this:
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Then this:
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Then:
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And finally, when the book ended: description
 
Once upon a time, chimera descended by the thousands into a cathedral beneath the earth. And never left.

I have no idea what's going to happen next. There were so many twists in this book that I am very anxious to see how they play out. What Laini Taylor has shown is that not all monsters are evil, and not all angels are good. Things are never completely cut and dry. There is no black and white when it comes to this type of war. Who's side do you choose? Do you go with what is easy, or with what is right? I believe that Brimstone put it best when he said "It is life that expands to fill the world. Life is your master or death is."

Book three isn't due until 2014, so...
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