Liz* ~ Procrastinator Extraordinaire

Beauty and pain, mercy and slaughter.

Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

"Mercy breeds mercy as slaughter breeds slaughter.
We can't expect the world to be better than we make it"

I'll keep this simple: If Daughter of Smoke and Bone was passion and tragedy Days of Blood and Starlight is hopelessness, horror and revenge. Karou is lost in grief, there's no light at the end of the tunnel for her. She thinks there's no way out of this chaos so she'll destroy the very dreams and hopes that once had been a reason to fight and die for. No peace, no harmony, no mercy. Everything is futureless. She chooses destruction. Akiva has found forgiveness in her brother and sister but that won't heal him. The loss and sorrow consume him but there's unexpected hope. He believes in a new world and he's willing to give his life for Karou's dream. He chooses redemption.

"It was brave," countered Issa. "It was rare. It was love and it was beautiful." 

It was, and it still is. No matter how much they try to hide or deny it, they love each other and I want to believe that in this times of war and chaos their love has the power to save both worlds and themselves. Of course, more sacrifices need to be made. Eretz will be lost if Akiva and Karou don't find a way to forgiveness and acceptance.

"Mercy, she had discovered, made mad alchemy: a drop of it could dilute a lake of hate." 

The writing keeps being as exquisite and aesthetic as in DoSaB. Even if the pain and darkness is everywhere, I feel this impossible hope and optimism that in the end both worlds will find peace. This book was incredibly beautiful and emotional and I'm 100% in love with Laini Taylor's writing.