It began with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It continued with Days of Blood and Starlight. It ends with Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
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.
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 theatre 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?
©2014 Laini Taylor (P)2014 Hachette Audio
Magical, captivating and surprising
The ending is beautiful and particular plot twist is so unexpected and such a happy idea, it sticks with you!
Each moment and character is so well formed, one wants to remain tucked up in her world, it's very hard to leave!
Of course, the tension of the last two books and the action packed nature of this one keeps one on the edge of one's seat
Here is hoping this isn't the last we see of this world, the end came far too soon!
It's actually quite a relief to find a trilogy that manages to stick to only 3 books and actually wrap up the story whilst leaving plenty of room for more visits to that world(s).
I'll try not to be spoilery but I was satisfied with the outcome. To be honest, I found the Akiva/Karou love story the least interesting bit. My favourite characters are definitely Mik and Zuze as they respond in the way I consider entirely appropriate to the discovery of other worlds and magic - largely by being sarcastic and never just accepting each new revelation as normal. There are some enjoyable discussions about the logic and limits of wishing that were great. I, for one, am happy that long descriptive battle scenes are avoided as they never work for me.
Kristin Hvam is excellent. I liked her Tiago and Razgut voices particuarly - I guess baddies are more fun. Some of the writing is quite lyrical and poetic which she manages very well. She can't really do a Belgian accent but that's expecting a bit too much specialisation from any reader.
"Well done, Laini!"
Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a very fitting conclusion to the trilogy. I was afraid that the ending might disappoint me a bit, but it really didn't. I am very happy with the final chapter of this adventure.
The only reason I didn't give it a five star is because it didn't need to be that long. I wouldn't say it's dragged because she writes so beautifully, but compared to the previous books I needed some extra time finishing it. And just to comment the performance: Hvam's narration is outstanding as always.
This is absolutely a great book (especially as audiobook), and I'm sure all who liked the first two books will love the ending as much as I do!
"Too drawn out."
After the first two books,this was a minor disappointment-it took weeks to finish it.I really enjoyed the first twoo books,even though they are YA...this one is all YA -for the girls,angel loves monster loves angel-and Kristin Hvam's voice really grated on me through a lot of it.This is not to say it was not enjoyable-it was ,in small doses at a time...maybe it was just a tad too long,18 hours ....Laini Taylor could and should have knocked around 6 hours off this one.Would have been better.
The end-I was glad when I finally finished it.
All of them-despite her grating my ear drums a bit in this one,she has a very good,relaxing reading voice,for the most part.
If you listen to this-and you will need to to finish the story-listen for what it is,a young adult/teenage fantasy love story and it will be fine,do not expect literary genius in the writing .-it definitely is not there.
"Lived up to expectations and more!"
Firstly, me tell you what makes this book awesome: the brilliance of the author and the manificence of the narrator who is able to bring to life the multitude of characters, emotions, and physical settings (the different worlds) - this brilliant combination is what makes this book and all the other books in this series a 5-star listen!! Not one of the books in this series lets you down - they all live up to the hype, build on the story so well until its final conclusion. Even though you know there is a sequel, and the potential for more to the story, each book leaves you with a satisfying end.
Laini Taylor has somewhat developed her own unique style in delivering a sci-fi story. She describes the other (alien) world so well, her descriptive imagination reals draws you in, inserts you into the worlds and places she takes you, including here on earth. Laini allows you to get to know each character intimately, and there are many key characters, enabling you to appreciate each character's role in the whole scheme of things. You will develop a fondness for some, love some and even love to hate others, and develop several favorites from the heroine and hero, to their close counterparts and their enemies. Hence I am now using this book and series to help my kids develop their writing skills (develop imagination, descriptive writing, etc.) - the only problem is, and this applies to even those who can't read to save their life, my kids don't want to stop listening to this audiobook!!
I found this book and all books in this series mesmerising, captivating, intellectually stimulating, very funny in some parts, romantic and very emotional in other parts. Laini, with the help of such an awesome narrator, make the experience of the worlds, the story, the book, appear very, very real - this book and series allows you to truly escape from the here and now and never want to return!!
Brilliant conclusion to the series!!
Yes I would, because it is quite fascinating!
There are too many to mention really, but maybe, just maybe when Zuzanah went quiet! But seriously, the caves, the dreams, the host of characters all give me too many moments to chose from.
The battle over the bay, no, the moment when Razgut and Esther were sentenced to eternity together, no wait, burning the hand print into chest of Jael, no I really have it this time . . . "I don't believe we've been properly introduced".
Breaking the timeless concepts of good and evil to love your very own angel, or is it your very own monster!
Magic and treachery with twists from mythology and history, this story provides fun, horrors and romance in equal measures. I am so sorry I've come to the end ... where next!
"Great conclusion to this series"
When I got the chance to listen an audiobook version of Dreams Of Gods and Monsters I jumped at the chance, one because I really really need to find out how this series ends, but also being an audiobook would mean I didn't have to carry around a monster of a book to read it.
Dreams Of Gods and Monsters is the third and final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and has been on my wish list since I finished the second book. What I didn't realise when I accepted this book is how long it actually is, 18 hours!!!!!!, so this has taken a lot longer than usual to actually finish. When I began listening to Dreams Of Gods and Monsters I wish I had time to read the first two books again, with such a big world in this series I was immediately lost over who was who, with only Karou and Zuzanna being the characters I knew with certainty. Regardless of my confusion I continued to listen, and after a while I began to piece some of the pieces together, but it wasn't until I was in the second part of this audiobook that I knew with certainty that I had all the characters labelled in my head correctly.
Dreams Of Gods and Monsters is tense, nervous, and full of action. Every twist and turn in the journey only held more suspense, I never knew what was coming or what would happen, I couldn't even map out possible results to anything. Would this truce hold? Would Karou be successful in her mission? Who is Eliza and what role does she play in this story?
Dreams of Gods and Monsters was an epic listen, in all aspects, and I enjoyed every second of it. My only issue is the ending. The lead up towards this was great (not going into detail about this one), but after everything that has happened, everything that Karou and Akiva have gone through, I wanted a more final ending, a more real 'This is the End', and less of a 'Fade to Black'.
Kristin Hvam narrates Dreams of Gods and Monsters, and she does an amazing job of it. My favourite 'voice' has to be Razgut, the way she portrays him reminds me of another fictitious character from another series, and she made it so easy to imagine him in my head. Each character as easy to differentiate from the other, even down to a slight change in accent or pitch in voice. She has done a great job of drawing you into the book and making you want to keep listening.
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