Monday, June 10, 2013

Audio Review: Days of Blood and Starlight



Title:
Days of Blood and Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor 
Pages: 517 
Format: Audio 
Release Date: November 6, 2012 
Publisher: Little Brown 

Goodreads Description:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.

And its snap split the world in two.


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.


DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE was the first audio book I ever read/listened to for pleasure. Upon finishing it, I was certain of three things. 1) Audio books were one of the greatest things created. 2) Khristine Hvam has one of the best story-telling voices ever. 3) I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Liani Taylor and this series. It took me much longer than in should have to get to DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT but when I finally did my love for Liani Taylor and this series was only strengthened.

Taylor’s ability to tell a story that completely captivates readers never ceases to amaze me. She creates a world and a story so epically beautiful that I was almost brought to tears on several occasions.
However, I must let you know that DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is a much darker book than DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. There is war, bloodshed, and mass causalities. As the old saying goes, “All is fair in love and war.” This rings true in DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.

After the revelations at the end of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, Karou is different. She knows who she is, where she came from, and what she has done. Although she knows that the past can’t be undone, Karou attempts to atone for her sins but as the novel progresses Karou begins to question what her sins actually are. What did she do that was so wrong? Was she even in the wrong at all? And most frightening, is what she’s doing to atone for her sins worse than the original sins she committed?

In DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, we learn a lot about Karou. We do, in fact, learn more about a person when we see them at their worst than we do at their best. Karou is definitely at her worst in this novel but the beauty is watching her make mistakes and then learn from them.

I wasn’t sure how I would like having most of the novel spent with Karou and Akiva apart. As it turns out I didn’t mind too much. With them apart we get to see both sides of the war. We see the chimaera and Seraphim and learn so much more about both sides.

Taylor does find a way to lighten the mood with the appearance of Zuzana and Mik. The two are so funny and entertaining. I would seriously love to have them as friends!

DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is a beautiful story, but make no mistake, it is a story about war. But more than that it is a story about what war does to people, and both the true evil and complete goodness that can be found during a time of war.



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4 comments:

  1. I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was my top book that I read in 2012. I haven't gotten to Days of Blood and Starlight, mostly because of how delicious the anticipation is. Also, I think it's partially because I'm questioning how the second book could live up the first. Laini's voice is so exquisite in that one.

    Thanks for the great review. It makes me even more excited to read this one (or possibly check out the audio book!).

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    1. Yes, you definitely need to read it asap! Also, I highly recommend the audiobook. Kristine Hvam does an excellent job narrating!

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  2. I listened to the audiobook for Daughter of Smoke and Bone a few months ago because it was lingering from last year's AudiobookSync thingy, and it was soooo good! I will probably be getting this one from Audible or Downpour within the next few months. I would have read it already, but the end of DoSaB was intense. And now you've reminded me of how much I want to read this book. Thanks! <3

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    1. That's where I got DoSaB too! I plan on getting The Raven Boys and so of the other YA books they are featuring this year! The ending was so intense as was most of this book! You need to read it ASAP!

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