"You only have to begin Lir. Mercy breeds mercy as slaughter breeds slaughter. We can't expect the world to be better than we make it."
- Laini Taylor, Days of Blood & Starlight
I LOVE this series!! I always worry when I absolutely adore the first in a series that the next one won't live up to my expectations. I'm happy to say that Days of Blood & Starlight did not disappoint me. The writing is still fantastic and giving me all the feels. This series is completely shredding my heart.
I have to say I really like Ziri. Like A LOT!! I was so close to saying forget Karou and Akiva being together let Karou and Ziri get together. Until the end of the book...I definitely did not see that happening!!!!!
As for Karou and Akiva I do still want them to have a happy ending. I want them to have their peace like they dreamed about. I can't get over how awesome Akiva is though and all that he does for Karou. So what that he killed most of the Chimera... he made a mistake...right?! Forgive him Karou!!!
I miss Brimstone though. Am I the only one hoping that he pops back up in the third book? I mean Issa did in this one, so maybe Brimstone will in the next. I can hope.
I was surprised how much WAR and darkness there was in this book. Some things that happened were just, BRUTAL. I have read quite a few books where the big battle or whatever really never happened. Let alone any battles leading up to a bigger end battle. *Cough...Breaking Dawn... Cough* I think this is a fantastic middle book. It builds everything up quite nicely and has a lot of good things happening in it. I enjoyed everything about it.
This is definitely becoming one of my all time favorite series. I'll see how the third one ends everything before I decide for sure though. I can't wait to read it and find out what happens.
I recommend Days of Blood & Starlight to everyone, everyone, and everyone.