Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters

5 May, 2014 / 0 Comments

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Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

My Copy: ePub eBook, 613 pages
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Source: Purchased
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance | Young Adult

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

My Review


What you’re in for: Longing. Hopefulness and shattered hearts. Magic. Angels and chimaera. Slow-moving plot. War. Death. Surprises.

The Writing: Beautiful, gorgeous, magical, lyrical. I could go on and on. It’s the words she chooses and the way she strings them together to create sentences that makes her writing so enjoyable to read.

The Ending: I liked how it ended. It was an epic ending of sorts. There was quite a bit left after the war was over, but that’s because there was still a lot left to discover about the world and the characters. I thought the Epilogue was way too long and kind of unnecessary (in some ways).

Am I glad I read it? Well, of course. Anything written by Laini Taylor is worth reading. I found this book was a bit on the lengthy side and tended to drag on at times. It could’ve been shorter. I disliked the fact that we didn’t really get to see much of the war because of the circumstances of the main characters. I felt like the war ended abruptly too. All of a sudden it was over and the story was moving on. But it was a good ending to the series.

4 stars blue

A Peek Inside

…the impression of him was so … unearthly. Elemental. Love is an element, Karou remembered from a long, long time ago, and she felt like she was floating. To the eye Akiva was fire and air. But to the touch, so there. Real enough to hold on to forever.

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