It began with the breathtaking DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE… The story continues in the astounding, must-read sequel, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.
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 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.
This still has the gorgeous writing of the first book, but it loses a little of the charm in the plot.
I like that it concentrated on Karou more than Madrigal this time though. And we get to see her come to terms with her new life, both the white wolf and Akiva. I did want to see more between her and Akiva, but I loved the play between her and the white wolf and how that resolved. Zuzanna and Mik were so awesome too, they were definitely favourite characters in this.
It was also good to see more of the angels, even if it did mean we started to see in lean towards which side was in the right in the war. The story of the misbegotten and how they feature in society is really driven home here, and I massively enjoyed the parts of the story that featured Akiva and his bethren.
Even with seeing more about the war, we don’t see the Chimera as innocent victims, in fact they are often worse. And so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the finale and how the war plays out given the advantages gained by the angels and the changes in the chimera camp.
Overall it’s a good sequel, but a little lengthy. I will definitely be aiming to read book 3 soon. 3.5 stars.
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