Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I did like this but this fell victim to the sequel/middle book problem: if you started the book not having read the first one, you were lost for a while, and this so clearly sets up Book Three and thus has unnecessary padding. And an unnecessary love triangle.
Having said that, Karou's dilemma (saving her people vs the dream of peace she/Madrigal and Akiva had) is nicely drawn. Taking over for Brimstone gives her some status, but then there's the whole "being in love with Akiva" issue for her to have to overcome. Akiva's role as Beast's Bane and his relationships with his siblings and Jael are also well written. There were a few plot twists that I didn't anticipate, but overall this was definitely a middle novel.
ARC provided by publisher.