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Days of Blood and Starlight

The most brutal book you’ll read this year.

Previously I have stated that Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my favorite book of 2012. It wasn’t published this year, but I read it this year, so I say that counts. I continue to stand by this statement, but I have to confide that its recently published sequel (actually of the 2012 books), Days of Blood and Starlight, is nearly as good—and is definitely one of the most stirring, brutal books I’ve ever read.

It’s been a while since I was moved this much by a book. Not since The Hunger Games and its sequels, which I experienced in 2010 (OK, and several times again since), have I been as obsessed with something so violent yet moving, so horrific yet beautiful at the same time. I won’t give spoilers here because it’s just that damn good, and you need to go out and read both books immediately.

The haunting nature of this book has left me reeling from it days after experiencing it, and I have to warn you that it’s incredibly violent—though the violence is often left undescribed, with simply its aftermath there for us to blatantly see. The themes of young people experiencing war (and being used as games within it) are present, and I am sure things will become even more harrowing in the third book (yes, expect another, as this one, too, is to be continued).

Ms. Taylor, I await your next installment with eager eyes!