Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Days of Blood and Starlight in no way suffers from a full sophomore slump, but picking up where we left off with Daught of Smoke & Bone, I was not as mesmerized by this second installment in the series. While (most) of my favorite characters return, we are introduced to a lot of other characters as well, and the narrative becomes a little convoluted and confusing in a few points. Now, if I were reading the series over again after completing it in its entirety, I have a feeling this would no longer be an issue as I would be completely familiar with them all. But the shear mass of plot and characters that Taylor throws our way in Days of Blood & Starlight is a little suffocating.
This novel always doesn't carry that steady, seemingly perfect pace that the first novel did. It drags on in a few points and I felt it could have been trimmed down in some areas that were not as exciting, suspenseful, or seemingly important as others.
The plot and the number of characters, however, were my only two main issues with the story. We find Karou and Akiva on opposite sides of this mounting war, each under the command of a terrifying leader. And then we are introduced to Ziri, who makes Karou and Akiva's relationship even more complicated that it already is by adding another possible love interest for our otherwise preoccupied heroine.
Days of Blood and Starlight felt a bit like a filler, a novel to bridge the gap between Daughter of Smoke & Bone and was preludes to being an action packed, blow your socks off Dreams of Gods & Monsters. But while the pace seemed to lag in certain areas, it still contained enough rich narrative to stem the tides and carry me through to the next novel, which I assume will be the final book in a trilogy.