My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Once upon a time, a girl lived in a sandcastle, making monsters to send through a hole in the sky.
As I have mentioned in my review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I couldn’t recover from it and that I would read Days of Blood & Starlight as soon as possible. I have finished reading the second book of the series and here are my thoughts about it.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone is dark and full of mystery. Days of Blood & Starlight is still dark, actually, very much darker. But the darkness doesn’t come from mystery anymore. It comes from vengeance. And from something different, this series fell into the same old story as every young adult books out there- stories that revolve around rebellion.
In Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the war between the chimaeras and angels are over. And as we know, wars can be ended in two ways: one is through a truce that would lead to peace (Akiva and Madrigal’s dreams) and one is with defeat. It was the latter. But Karou is alive, hope is alive. And Karou is forced to join unexpected allies in order to avenge her people and to save what’s left of the chimaera.
Karou is very different from Karou in the first book. She might have lost herself. That is completely understandable, though. Because she has lost a lot. But I didn’t expect her to fall this hard. She has went way past the line. She made very terrible choices. She isn’t doomed though. Akiva made terrible choices too. Akiva set things in motion. And maybe, in the next book, we’ll see what Akiva and Karou can do together. Can they possible lead an army?
Needless to say, this book had a lot of things going on. It was action-packed like the first one. And like the first book, the characters remain rich. They still had depth. You can still understand their actions because their actions have roots -emotions that are realistic.
However, this book does not have what appealed to me in the first one- something that would set it apart from the rest. The elements and concepts in this book are just like most young adult books out there except here we have angels that are not always good and monsters that aren’t always bad. And, possibly a love triangle. I’m just sick and tired of those. I mean, such compelling characters does not deserve to be just like every one else.
Still, I think that the next book will be worth it. Or should I say, this series is still worth it. Angels, magic, battles and love are just so tempting. And maybe the same old story can be quite good because of familiarity. But I am hoping to be shocked in the next book. I am hoping for surprises and stories that would haunt me forever.