|Days of Blood and Starlightby Laini Taylor|
Pubished by Hodder
Hardback - 513 pages
Published 8th November 2012
Review copy given by publisher
In a nutshell
This novel is a lot more politically charged than the first, with heavy tensions within the Chimaera matched by the cloak-and-dagger rebellion building in the ranks of the Seraphim. Taylor does a good job of ramping up the tension with quick pacing and her trademark snappy dialogue to keep the pages turning rapidly.
I really enjoyed seeing more of the Seraphim homeworld and the supporting characters. Akiva could be a little too melancholy at times (I don’t want to use the word ‘emo’, but I just did) but Taylor counteracts this with the ruthlessness of the Emperor Joram and his psychotic brother Jael.
What didn't work
There wasn't much development in the magic system that so drew me into the series. This was understandable, given the plot, but I was a little disappointed that magic had been reduced to a kind of humdrum, “let’s get this over with” kind of activity. I’m a sucker for a solid magic system, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone showed great promise that wasn’t expanded upon.
Would I recommend it?
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