Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Author: Laini Taylor
Where to buy them: Amazon, Book Depository (Free Shipping)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.
The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
Days of Blood and 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?
Dreams of Goods and Monsters
Common enemy, common cause. When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.
But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz …something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world. What power can bruise the sky? From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theatre that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
My thoughts: This is another trilogy I went into without knowing anything about it, and I do believe that is the best way to read it as you are slowly introduced to the world and it’s history. It is different from anything I have read so far and it became one of my favourite trilogies.
It is well written with a myriad of diverse characters (some funny and lovable, others… you just want to kill) and great world building. Of the three books I would have to say the second was definitely my favourite, it was a very good depiction of two armies exhausted of centuries of fighting and bloodshed, one fighting for survival the other under the rule of a tyrannical power hungry lord who’s reasons they are finally beginning to doubt.
A great read, especially for fantasy lovers.