Fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone will enjoy diving in to this sequel, as it picks up right where the last book left off. Days of Blood and Starlight is just as enthralling of a read as its predecessor. The first part of the book is a bit slow-going, and with many new characters added, it can get a little confusing. But do not fear--the patient reader who plows through will be rewarded as the story does pick up, and is a great read that will not disappoint fans of the series. The writing is excellent and it is an engaging read, but it is slightly darker than the first, with less romance and more violence. Karou and Akiva live in a war-torn world, and with war, there is violence and cruelty. The gore factor is turned up a notch as beings are tortured and dead bodies are mutilated. The violence is not gratuitous, rather there is an anti-war/anti-racism theme, however there is a scene in which someone is almost raped. Karou and Akiva hate the warring world they live in, and war is shown to be senseless. Language is mild for a teen book: a-shole, d-mn, b-stards. Readers who reach the cliff-hanger ending will anxiously await the next book in the series, due out in 2014.