Days of Blood & Starlight Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story is about Karou, a young girl trapped between two worlds, who seeks revenge for her people, the chimeras. Karou was an art student in Prague. She knew she was not exactly human but she enjoyed her life and her friends Zuzana, Mik and even her ex-boyfriend Kazimir. One day her entire world collapsed. Her true underground family, the chimeras, were brutally killed by Akiva and his army and the entire world was destroyed. She found out that she was a chimera and that Akiva was in fact her lost lover.
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Now she hates Akiva for killing her people and she deeply regrets believing him and being so gullible and naive. She wants revenge.

She takes Brimstone's place as a master "ressurectionist" and she tries to raise a new powerful army from the dead bodies of the chimera warriors. She sets her resurrection house here on Earth in the desert, in Morocco. She works hard, day by day and night by night and her army grows stronger and more powerful.

In the mean time Akiva is desperately searching for Karou and he discovers in a cave a vessel containing her soul and he believes that she is dead.

As time goes by the war is getting even more brutal and horrible. The chimeras are attacking and killing angels and the angels respond by killing thousands of chimeras.

Karou is exhausted because the resurrection of the dead warriors can be done only by feeling the most terrible pain and using the most powerful magic. Zuzana and Mik are desperately trying to find her but she is too busy with the war. They track her down and are coming to visit her but Karou sends them away. She is afraid that her mission will be discovered and compromised.

Akiva and his siblings, Hazael and Liraz are fighting over their feelings of disgust over the atrocities of the never ending war and they decide to put an end to it by killing their father and master Emperor Joram.

They are caught in a trap while trying to kill Joram so they run away and try to find some other disgruntled angels to join their ranks and form a new army. Akiva finds out that Karou is alive and toghether they are hatching up a plan to end the war forever. This means a new big final battle that will actually take place on Earth because Joram's army is about to invade the planet.
Best part of story, including ending: I liked Karou's ambition and Akiva's wish to put and end to a horrible war.

Best scene in story: In the last scene Karou and Akiva make peace with each other even if they are separated by a wall.

Opinion about the main character: I like the fact that Karou still loves Akiva.

The review of this Book prepared by Andreea Lupei a Level 5 American Goldfinch scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can fly


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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