Published: February 25, 2014
Number of pages: 513
Publisher: Little, Brown Company
Genre: fantasy, romance, apocalypse
Verdict: 4 owl hoots out of 5
How far will Karou avenge her people? In this sequel, Karou and Akiva are on opposing sides as a century’s year old war comes back to life but this time, there are betrayals, backstabbers, and dark secrets that are about to change the course of the future for chimaera and seraphim.
It was two months ago when I read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone and somehow I forgot about the series after that, as I was distracted from reading other books. I should come up with a name for this type of syndrome because it can be a hassle when trying to remember what happened in the first book including the ‘who killed who,’ ‘why did he/she betray her/him again,’ and the ‘how did they meet each other again’ question. Fortunately, authors like Laini Taylor fills us in on what happened in her sequel along with a wild ride of unbelievable twists and turns, new backstabbers, new cunning characters, and a forbidden love story between an angel and a demon.
Now where to begin? How about we start with the romance. Ah the story of starcrossed lovers like in Romeo and Juliet but with more bloodshed and cruelty. Karou continues to avenge her people, while Akiva struggles to find an end to his battle. The meaning of ‘hope’ echoes in this sequel as our heroes find common ground with each other, but Karou vows never to trust Akiva after what happened. I sympathize with her after what he’s done to her family, but sometimes I wanted to shake her and make her see that Akiva has changed since they last met. At least he makes an effort to amend for his crimes.
Then there’s the return of the Thiago, the White Wolf and glorious leader of the chimera. Argh he’s a sick villain and I can’t believe he would do such a disgusting thing to Karou! Thiago plays a wolf in sheep’s clothing as he pretends to help Karou but plays a twisted game threatening the lives of her friends. But Thiago learns that Karou is someone not to be reckoned with. We see a lot of growth in Karou as she’s strong, brave, clever, and can fight with her crescent moon knives. For a spunky girl with blue hair, Karou knows how to play even with her enemies.
The author does an excellent show and tell job of describing Eretz that it almost comes to life. While reading passages of this other world, I can imagine the different landscapes and kingdoms inside my head and still follow the story with ease. Every devastating event and conspiratorial plan is a foundation that builds up to the epic battle that we’ll later see in the conclusion of the series. Now I’m just screaming for the finale!