Days of Blood & Starlight


A dream dirty and bruised is better than no dream at all.

While I didn't love it as much as I loved the first book, Days of Blood & Starlight has made it to my favorites list as well. Filled with adventure and heartaches, this sequel has twice the suspense and humor with a more progressive story surrounding the main protagonists, Karou and Akiva, as Taylor introduces us deeper to the world of Eretz and the characters involved.

It literally felt like plunging into a new universe, a new world. While I enjoyed exploring Eretz, I found that it was problematic identifying fancy, new terms that were mentioned by the author throughout the story. I found myself often Googling these new terms that were relevant to Taylor's fictional realm, which I failed to immediately pick up as I read. Yet I still found a way to understand more in depth the world of Eretz despite how complicated and largely developed this universe was.

Throughout the novel, we get to see Zuzana and Mik contribute better in the story, and see a better background on other characters, both old and new. I continuously read this book for 3 hours, delving into Karou's current thoughts and current mindset in the situations she finds herself in, as well as the set of badass characters that played a significant role in the development of the story's plot.

As always, Taylor's beautiful stories are life-changing. But frankly, it still doesn't beat Daughter of Smoke & Bone, which still proves to be my favorite book written by the author.

One minor thing that I found problematic was how confusing the concepts were to me. I struggled to adjust to the complexity of Taylor's fictional realm, which was described so much in detail as to the minor characters, fictional terms, and many other elements. Nonetheless, I love this book and adore it a lot. I would highly recommend readers to continue the series for what Taylor has to offer in her trilogy.

★★★
jillian etc.