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
I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.
This story was a little long and convoluted. I didn't like it as much as the other 2. The narrator was great though. It had too many parts and not enough detail, so it was difficult to keep track of at times. At least it had a mostly decent ending.
I enjoyed this series very much and can't help but give kudos to both the writer and the narrator, who give the gift of good writing, and the intense realistic experience of an unparalleled fantasy world peopled with wonderful characters given rich, believable voices. Bravo...
I'm sad to say that this was my least favorite book of the series. I loved the first book and the characters and in this installment the story was boring and the characters were bland. I'm glad I finished the series, but disappointed overall.
This is an excellent conclusion to a remarkable series. Taylor expands her already expansive universe and also threads together seeming disparate story lines. Like with many books, I do not want to go to much into the story, I just strongly recommend this series. It is unique, has a distinctive prose, and has a fantastic mythology. Read it.
No, only because you have more imagination with the book
all of it!!!!!!!
YOU WON'T REGRET GETTING THIS!!
Laini Taylor's trilogy is sweeping, majestic, engrossing, and it's among the best fantasy series I've ever read.
Dreams of Gods Monsters lived up to all my expectations. And its grandness is all the more impressive because as I was reading there were moments that I feared it would not. I would think, "Too many things are going wrong. It's like all the things that can go wrong are." Then the next day I would think, "Too many things are going right. Every time they get in a jam something miraculous happens to pull them out." In the end, I decided it all balanced out. There was also the case of the ending where for a moment there I was really, really worried that it was going to be unsatisfactory. Taylor kept me guessing until the end.
My thoughts on the narration were similar. I would think, "Wow. The reading is really over the top. She makes everything sound so dramatic." But then I would decide that the high-drama is what this book is.
The supporting cast of characters in Taylor's trilogy is just the best. I love Zuzana and Mik. Eliza is really fascinating. The Shadows that Live are creepily awesome. Liraz and Ziri steal the show.
Dreams of Gods Monsters is emotional too. I may have been crying and laughing along with a certain angel over a certain chimaera.
I love how the series bounces back and forth between our world and Eretz, and the additional mythology explaining the origins of the world. The book seems to end with an opening for a new Eretz series. I definitely wouldn't say no to that.
Usually when I get through a series where every book is this long, I'm exhausted and ready to move on to lighter fare. Right now, all I want is more, more, more! I can't remember the last time I fell so completely in love with a series, and am sad that it's over. Book 4 please, Laini?
Side note, I'm really happy we had the same narrator for the whole series. I get really irritated when we get a new voice with each book.
Gods and Monsters makes up for the second installment of the series for the most part but it still doesn't compare to Smoke and Bone. Enjoyable conclusion for some tastes, annoying for others.
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