In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known.
When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.
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.
©2014 Laini Taylor (P)2014 Hachette Audio
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I loved this entire series. Laini Taylor is such a talented writer. It's like artistry on paper or ear candy for audible listeners. Her characters are deep with extensive world building - you can't help but get sucked into this fantasy she has created. I crave more and can only hope this is NOT THE END of such a wonderful series. Thank the God Stars, but I really want more!!!
Definitely a 5 star listen!!!!
I love Khristne Hvam (narrator), even though she mispronounces words that call her degree of education into question. She's a very talented voice actress and I have found some great series of books looking for her work. Laini Taylor created a fantastical world, but the third book didn't live up to the others. Though I loved the first two books in this series (especially the first one), this one was disappointing enough that I doubt I would read more of the author.
This book seemed like a huge mishmash. It was extraordinarily poorly edited. For instance, there was so much soul searching and angst that I felt it undermined the reader's ability to bond more deeply with the characters. It became tedious and annoying. Also, the book really went nowhere, fading away at the end. I understand the need to leave some open ended plot elements for possible coming installments, but this one was a poorly crafted ending. I believe the elements of a fantastic bang of an ending were all there, but they were so overcrowded with superfluous material that they lost all power and merely fizzled.
I'm glad that I listened to the end, but I'm left feeling very unsatisfied.
A great editor would have made this a masterpiece.
I've only read these on audible and think that the audio versions give life to the characters!
Not really sure - I consider it a modern day myth
Zuzanna!! But I loved all of them!
yes- but that's not possible.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
The narration, the writing, the story....it was amazing!! all of it!!
Oh there are so many....but without giving away too much, I will say Liraz, with her thermos!!
Karou of course...but then my second favorite was Liraz!!
This whole book moved me...it was so incredible....I really want more!! But the ending was perfect!!!
This book is almost beyond words...it was so beautiful....my mind is still reeling with emotions from it...this whole series has been a treat to my senses...the writing is beyond comparison to anyone else...Laini Taylor has a gift to be treasured...and Khristine Hvam's narration was sooo good...I just hope we get a spin off with Liraz and Ziri....I recommend this entire series to everyone...you will be mesmerized by the characters, story and writing...truly one of my ATF's and I will listen again and again..
This series began in book 1 with such mystery, beauty and promise but steadily declined from there. Book 3 was so, so unnecessarily long and wordy! It was trying (WAY TOO HARD) to be very poetic but it just made the whole story very disjointed and hard to keep track of.
I think introducing the new characters and background story lines in the final book was a mistake in this case. The new backstories really needed SO much more development and detail but instead it was just thrown in bit by confusing little bit. And what detail was given, was done so in such a poetic way that it really did nothing to help you understand the story. For as long as the book was, all of the unnecessary stuff should have been removed, and detail and attention given to developing the new characters and backstory in a straightforward manner. It was like she was trying to create mystery up until the very last second but instead created confusion and the build up just fizzled when revealed because it never quite meshed with the rest of the story.
The characters were also very disjointed and felt thrown into the story at random. Sometimes you wouldn't even hear about a particular character for many many chapters. Long enough in between to forget what was even going on with them. Also, many important things that were built up all throughout the book (i.e. Zuzana and Mik finally getting engaged) were just completely glossed over and only given one or two sentences after they occurred. Big letdown!
The ending of the book was so jumbled and all over the place. It really didn't make a whole lot of sense. I still don't even understand all the backstory that led to the ending. And a lot of things were just left open-ended, which sometimes works, but in this case it feels like certain characters were just forgotten about.
While I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices, she sounded a bit subdued throughout this book, even in very intense scenes which should have warranted much more enthusiasm. She read the entire book as if it were one long (too long) poem. She also mispronounced so many words that I thought it was really silly that the editor didn't catch any of them. Oh, and when you change the way you pronounce names and places from one book to the next in a series, it's distracting. I feel like this has happened quite often with audio books and I wonder why the narrator doesn't find out how to pronounce the names and places of characters from the author before recording. Especially in fantasy books where the names are sometimes difficult.
Anyway, I would love to read book 1 again but I won't be wasting my time with books 2 or 3.
Just a book fool.
Perfect conclusion to an immaculate story. If you have come this far then you already know how beautiful and unbelievably creative Laini Taylor's writing is. No need to say anymore except this book will complete the story like few finales do in such a manor that you are left feeling whole and emptied out at the very same time.
We are The God Stars.
I listened to this book straight through, which is probably a little unhealthy. I loved it, as I did the rest of the series, but I'm not going to do a full review because there are a few things I just haven't processed yet (I'm looking at you, last two hours). I will say that these stories have given me chills, literally, like no other books I've read. The narration is flawless, or possibly some fictional word that surpasses it. Khristine Hvam is going on my all-time favorites narrator list.
If you haven't read Daughter of Smoke & Bone, do it now.
Ok…I’m not gonna lie, this book was tough for me to get through. I finished reading book 2, Days of Blood and Startlight, on January 12, 2013. Yes, over a year ago. Needless to say with this HUGE cast of characters I was LOST! There really isn’t any recap at all to speak of, just kind of throw into the story again. MAYBE I should have re-read (re-listened) to the last book but I rarely (okay never) do that. Of course since I was kind of lost it didn’t help when there were SO MANY POV changes. LOL! I’d figure out what’s going on then get lost again. UGH!
Anyways…I figured I’d get that out.
I’ve seen other reviews complete there was just too much going on in this book and I would completely agree. There were new characters that I wasn’t invested in. Then as I’m not really caring for them BAM something major happens to that character and they are part of a HUGE plot point. My head is still reeling and more happens and then more. There was never any downtime at all. Poor Karou and Akiva barely had anytime together with all the mess that was happening in their lives.
My favorite thing in this book is Karou’s bff, Zuzana. She never fails to make me laugh and breaks up the seriousness of the situation in the book.
I liked that Akiva and Karou had their HEA after EVERYTHING they’ve gone through but the journey was just TOO much I guess.
I thought this book was going to end at least twice…but then it continued and then continued and then continued. This is one of those books that I just thought was WAY TOO long. I really wanted to like this one more. :-(
Narrator Note: As I stated in the last two books in this series, Khristine Hvam is an AMAZING narrator! Her voice for Razgot is SOOOOO good I’m in aww every time I hear it. I can’t wait to hear more from her.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
So many feelings. Good. Bad. Happy. Sad. Tears. Laughter. Love.
I have so many questions about what happens after the book ends. SO MANY. I loved .... I didn't love.... What happened to .... Where did he go....
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
This was by far the hardest book of this series for me to read — that’ snot necessarily a bad thing, although it may sound like one, but I really felt like I needed to give it my full attention and unfortunately as of lately, I just haven’t had the time or mental clarity. If you’re a fan of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, I’m sure you’re aware how deep, how detailed, and how complex this series is. It’s not one to be taken lightly and really does require the perfect mood and proper amount of time so when I tell you that it took me a month and a half to finish it, that’s a good and a bad thing all at the same time.
I read the first two books no problem. I actually streamed pretty quickly through DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and tried to take my time and really let myself soak in DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. But DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS was a different story. Yes, I decided to really slow myself down and make sure I was really taking it all in, but there were actual weeks where I completely ignored it because I just didn’t have the motivation to pick up such a daunting book. I was overwhelmed by the amount of pages and the time I knew I’d need to read it. Was that the book’s fault? Well, no, but the sheer size of it really did factor in to my reading plans and with time being a pressing issue lately, it was a bit frustrating to me when things felt a little too drawn out.
Laini Taylor’s writing has been beautiful from the start, but DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS was the first book where I felt like the gorgeous, lyric-type prose was getting a bit too drawn out. I usually enjoy the way a plot point is revealed and then we back-track to see how it all evolved, but in some places it felt unnecessary and I was frustrated that I felt like I was reading a whole chapter here or there that didn’t feel entirely necessary to the development of plot or characters. I could chalk that up to my personal impatience or just my experience with reading… I think it was actually a little bit of both.
The introduction of Eliza’s character was not entirely unwelcomed but I wasn’t a fan that she was thrown in as a new main character with POV chapters and everything. I really did like how she fit into the story and it was very exciting to see all of those pieces click together but… I didn’t really enjoy her chapters much at all. The book kicks off with one of Eliza’s chapters and that was actually a really exciting one. I was so excited to see the book start with a bang and I was anxious to get to know more about Eliza, but the more I got to know about her, the less I liked. I didn’t hate her, but I think I would have liked to see her as more of a secondary character because I felt like I lost so much of the focus of Karou and Akiva as well as secondary characters from the previous books (Ziri, Liraz, Mik, Zuze) who were starting to grow into more of a main focus. I think it was too much for me to meet a brand-new character who had such a strong presence in the book, taking over chapters, and also having a strong personality. I wanted to spend so much more time with characters I already knew instead of a brand-new one who wasn’t that important to me and who I wasn’t connecting with.
I really did enjoy the book — I always appreciate how beautiful the writing is and how the books really make me focus on what I’m reading. Everything is so wonderfully detailed, thoroughly thought out, and sort of paradoxically magically realistic. I’m so glad that things were pretty well wrapped up at the end of the book and it was sort of one big sigh of relief to see how everything ended. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending and I felt like some things ended up being glossed over. For example, Eliza’s entire part in the book is explained and then seemingly dropped to make room for Karou & Akiva, which usually I don’t mind since I’m more excited for Karou/Akiva plot, but I felt like I was finally getting answers and then they happened but I didn’t get any detail.
All in all, I did enjoy DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS a lot, but it seemed like this was the book I had the most issues with out of the series. Some things had been weighing on me since the beginning but it was new love and not a big issue to me. Some things didn’t really seem to appear until the last book and I was at a point where I wasn’t in the mood for things to be drawn out. It was a stunning conclusion but I was left just a bit unsatisfied, to be perfectly frank. Maybe it’s just that it still feels unreal that the series is over! Maybe I’m just hoping that Laini Taylor writes more in this universe… (oh please, oh please!!) but I don’t think I was quite prepared for this series to end!
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