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Days of Blood and Starlight

by Laini Taylor

This is the second book in the series. It follows Daughter of Smoke and Bone. (my review here) I finished Days of Blood over a week ago but I had no clarity around how to comment on it, on my experience of reading it. Five stars, hands down, because Laini Taylor is a terrific writer, lyrical, potent and rich, so rich!

But . . .

I didn’t ‘enjoy’ being in this book and on reflection I’m pretty sure I wasn’t meant to. It’s dark, in the level of self-loathing and despair. It seems that Karou, Hope, is a word deleted. There’s no place for it in this world. Heart wrenching. Utterly. And cruel too.

It wasn’t until I went back and reread ‘Daughter’ that I could feel connected to the characters again, and I realized that Taylor had warned us, right on page one of the first book.

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It didn’t end well . . .

We knew what we were getting into.

The story is about change and survival, and what happens to the heart when we lose too much. It’s painfully sad, and hopeless, but after some time and distance from the book, I find a sense of hope rising again and this is the brilliance of the story. It reminds us of our ability to believe in the potential, at least, for something better, even when all signs point in another direction. Even when there is no reason to. I don’t know if that was Taylor’s intention, but it’s brilliant none the less.

I’ll read book three. I look forward to where it will takes us. I survived book two and really, how can it get any worse?

Has anyone else gotten into this series? I’d love to hear your thoughts.