Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Publication date: November 6th, 2012
Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
While Daughter of Smoke and Bone wasn't exactly as mind-blowing as I expected it to be, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and to be honest, the ending leaves me hanging a bit there. I'm curious to dive deeper into this world, because I always love a good war. I'm hoping there will be more of a connection between Akiva and Karou, because I missed that in the first book, but the whole idea behind this world and how it works makes up for that. I'm excited!