Happy September! In a continuation, of my Laini-Taylor-A-Thon I am continuing with 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 book was a great continuation of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It is interesting in this book to see a lot more of the dual perspective between Karou and Akiva and how their different experiences have lead them to similar situations and viewpoints, yet they still see the world in different ways.
It is life that expands to fill worlds. Life is your master, or death is.
I enjoyed how in this book we got to see more of Eretz, but from an experts gaze, so the reader’s new encounters with things were not treated with wonder (unless they were really unusual) but instead with a certain element of sureity and fact, that is often missing from fantasy novels of this type.
Don’t be such a human.
I think as well the blending of the Chimera with Earth and seeing how they react to the foreign ‘fantasy’ world was an interesting twist. Everything is the same but also completely different in their little kasbah and I feel like that adds another dynamic that helps you get to know the characters better.
As long as you’re alive, there’s always a chance that things will get better.
Speaking of characters, each one in this book are written beautifully. While some of them I hate so much I want them dead, it is not because they are badly written, but simply because they are bad people. This book deals with the different shades of morally gray, with no one being a solely good or bad person, but some being far worse than others. Each character has their own reason for being on the battlefield or in the war room, and it shows.
Mercy breeds mercy, and slaughter breeds slaughter. You can’t expect the world to be a better place than we make it.
I also found the character design for the chimera to be fascinating, not only the process and the bigger ideas that they represent, but also the simple blending together of animals to make something new. I feel as if each chimera would be horrible to look at, yet impossible to look away. They are so elegant and yet brutal at the same time. Also I love Ziri!
These soldiers have done what they had done, and been done unto in return.
I give this book 5 stars.