DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT
This gripping sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone definitely doesn’t disappoint. Internal struggles temper constant action; the plot is never exhausting, but always tantalizing. The schizophrenic narration ratchets up the tension and fosters addictive intrigue. The love story is tortured without being whiny. But beware: We’re set up for a love triangle in book three.
Lovable, blue-haired Karou has lost her whimsy. The fate of her people now rests on her shoulders. Filling Brimstone’s shoes is a penance and a calling, but Karou chafes under Thiago’s thumb. As Karou learns more of Thiago’s battle strategy, she realizes two things: that they are not on the same side and that she is in grave danger. (LITTLE, BROWN, Nov., 528 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780316133975, HC, 16 & Up)