Thoughts on Days of Blood and Starlight

I’m about 200 pages into Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight and I thought I’d post my feelings about the book thus far.

Making my way through this 500+ page novel, I’m struck by her talent as a captivating storyteller. This book presents a huge contrast from Daughter of Smoke and Bone in both tone and plot. Whereas book one was light hearted with sinister undertones, book two is devastating in the destruction of centuries-old war.

At this point in the story, I feel burdened (as I’m sure many of the characters do) by the bleak outlook that the plot presents. All that seems to hover on the horizon is more death, each battle more violent and malicious than the last.

What I’m really enjoying so far is Taylor’s accurate portrayal of cutthroat war and desolation. The acts of torture and vengeance that are committed, too terrible to mention (with worse to come, I’m sure), reveal the truth of two desperate races with no ability to perceive or achieve peace.

I’m hoping that this tale will have an ending at least a bit happier than it’s rising action. We’ll see what is to come.

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