Laini Taylor weaves a beautiful tale until she gets sidetracked and fails to recover the threads of the story before ending the book too abruptly.
Using simple words, beautiful writing and rich metaphors, Laini Taylor lays down the foundation for an amazing adventure. The witty, quick banter between Karou and her best friend, Zuzana, is light and refreshing. In contrast, Karou's pursuit of teeth on behalf of her "family" of monsters, her questions concerning who she is and how she came to live with them and the fantastic magical doors to different places in the world, is thrilling and exciting. The arrival of Akiva and the marking of the magical doors add to the intensity and complexity of the story.
Once the stage is set, however, the overall flow falls apart. The introduction of the world where Akiva and the “monsters” come from feels rushed. The Karou/Akiva romance feels false and forced. Things get worse when too much time is spent in the "flashback" Akiva/Madrigal story at the cost of further development of the Akiva/Karou story, and then, the book just ends.
Despite the abrupt ending and disappointing overall development, I enjoyed the writing, quotes and metaphors so much, that I plan to give "Days of Blood and Starlight" a try. I hope that Ms. Taylor can salvage a very promising story.
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