Monday, December 10, 2012

Read-along: Days of Blood & Starlight, Chapters 12-22

Hey, all! Some time ago, I asked you to answer a poll about a read-along, and which book you'd like to read with me. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor and Divergent by Veronica Roth were the winners, so on Mondays up through January, I will write about my experience with Days of Blood & Starlight and on Fridays, with Divergent. Please feel free to chime in!

**IF YOU ARE NOT READING THESE BOOKS/HAVE NOT READ THEM, please be aware that there will be spoilers in these posts.**

Here's the quick Goodreads summary of Days of Blood & Starlight!

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

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?

Quick summary of Chapters 12-22:

  • Karou (is alive! and) emailed Zuzanna! (Hahahaah to their email addresses: and
  • Karou is still dreaming of Akiva. He "lives" in her dreams, and she hates how it feels right to be with him. Karou has also taken the place of Brimstone, fashioning necklaces of teeth so that she can resurrect the bodies of her fellow chimaera. 
  • Thiago, the White Wolf, is alive and uniting the chimaera. She hates that her murderer, out of all possible chimaera, was the one to survive. She recalls the scene when she (as Madrigal) and Akiva are at the temple, when Thiago found them and tortured Akiva.
  • Thiago is also helping Karou resurrect her by offering himself as the pain tithe for her magic. (Motivation: suspicious. He says atonement, and may be interested in her.)
  • Karou is having doubts about her role in the war, and she also gave the soldiers wings because of the portals in the sky.
  • A slave caravan (with chimaera) runs into a message: "We are arisen, it read. It is your turn to die." (73) - aka chimaera are fighting back, thanks  to Karou.
  • Akiva, Liraz, and Hazael are investigating the scene of angel death. Another seraphim suggests that Joram the emperor send a message to the enemy (aka more war, and Akiva remembers Joram facing off the Warlord before killing him).
  • A short chapter on some chimaera who've escaped a slave caravan and are now running from the angels who are retaliating.
  • Mik and Zuzanna!! Zuzanna is upset with Karou, then worries about her, since Karou's email has a bunch of Monty Python references, and Karou may be telling Zuz that she is in danger and needs her help.
  • I LOVE MIK AND ZUZANNA.  This book is dark and full of death. Although it focuses on the war, the book also becomes lighter because of Mik and Zuzanna -- enough that the darkness never becomes too much, and there's still some romance. There's still some hope in the midst of the dying (even if Laini Taylor will emphasize the tragedy that is Akiva/Karou).
  • I kind of like the chapters with other chimaera/angels/etc., but I also don't care that much about these new characters, so I hope they either play a greater role later, or we get to have less chapters narrated by random people.  Then again, Laini Taylor is also doing a great job of showing us the effects on both sides of the war, so I can see why we have the chapters.
  • Just.want.more.Akiva.Karou.and.lot.
  • Thiago. Sketchy villain. He's got something up his sleeve. I hope a love triangle doesn't form. I also hope Karou can become more sure of herself... slash obtain some happiness. She seems so tortured now.
  • Karou/Akiva. Is there any hope? Laini Taylor. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME.
What do you think?! Tell me your thoughts about the book so far :).

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