Days of BLood & Starlight
by Laini Taylor
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.
Heart-wrenching, painful, and sweet & wonderful, all at the same time.
Days of Blood and Starlight contained much blood with only a glimmer of hopeful starlight near the end. But every word, both at the darkest and the lightest (which is still rather dark) of moments, is beautiful, and the story is gripping.
I love Karou. From her blue hair to her indomitable spirit. But in the first half of this book, she is purposefully trying to destroy herself out of guilt and grief. So certain it’s her fault, she cowers before her people who hate her for a betrayal that isn’t even real.
Love is not a betrayal!
Seems a bit out of character for her, but even the bravest of us can believe lies and let the world defeat us for a short while. However painful it was to watch, Karou found her way out of the lies and the guilt.
Thank the starlight for Zuzana and Mik and Issa! People need friends. Even the mega superheroes who are out to save the world need hugs and an understanding ear to talk to.
But the most beautiful part of this story was Akiva. I loved watching his battle to stop the chimaera onslaught. I loved his passion and his heart and his determination to create peace.
The ending, like the first one, is bittersweet and marvelous and perfect. I’m amazed by the wonderful storytelling.
Can’t wait for the next book!!! (Have you noticed I say that a lot?)