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
You know that teary-eyed feeling you get near the end of a book/series where you start reading slower to stretch out reading the last words? Yeah, that happened to me. Even though it wasn't necessarily sad, still I knew I was leaving my friends behind, possibly to never read about them again. I do hope that is not the case. But there was no cliffhanger. The threads, even those I had forgotten about were nicely tied up. So the chances are there might not be more. I will miss everyone from this series. Even the bad guys had depth.
But my favorites were the secondary characters: Zuzana and Mik. I LOVED them! Maybe even more than I loved the lovesick Karou and Akiva. I don't hate the main couple. They do what they should to remain superheroes. Oh, and I want to mention one more person, but I don't want to spoil it for others. I really miss that person. But I've missed him for two books. What I did learn today was there is a short book about ZuzaMik. Got it. Will read it VERY soon.
The writing of these books is my favorite kind of writing. It is fast and full with the right amount of dialog to counteract descriptions. I want to study how Laini Taylor's writing more so I may be reading these books again and again.
And then there is the icing on the cake: narrator, Khristine Hvam. She brings the story to life. She adds attitude where it might only be suggested by the writing. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Taylor read by Khristine Hvam.
May I suggest that you make sure you have a couple days to dedicate to just reading. I didn't do anything but for the past few days. reading way past bedtimes and food times, and nearly past pee times, oops! All of it was worth it! What a wonderful story!
I've listened to all three books twice through without pause, and am considering starting again. It's THAT good. And the narrator is perfect, epic, even. I would recommend this to anyone with even a passing curiosity about the fantasy genre.
loved it? Yes. struggled to finish? absolutely not! the narrator was great, very good closing to an amazing story and lovable characters I will miss them all :)
I had read a few reviews stating that this was a disappointing end to the otherwise marvelous trilogy, so my expectations going in were quite low. Now that I've listened to it, I have to disagree! It was not predictable and not cliched, it maintained my interest and fascination for the duration of the story! I loved it! My only critique - the narrator pronounces a few names differently in this last book than she does in the first two, which is distracting. Otherwise, wonderful listen!
This was a great series of books. No idea why some folks panned this one. I really enjoyed how she wrapped up the loose ends
It is always so hard to have a middle installment be so full of action and impact...usually the second installment is a nice bridge to the consummation of the story. But this...this was better than the first! The second installment was outstanding, heartbreaking, lyric, action packed. Fantastic job by the narrator, which adds so much to the story and how I 'viewed' the characters. Wish I had more thumbs, but I'm gonna have to go with two enthusiastic thumbs up!
This is third book of the trilogy is a TRUE finale. It has everything an ending needs... There is a tough character who finds love... an unexpected hero... a draw dropping death of a main character... and an unusual type ending to the love story between our beloved Akiva and the blue haired girl.
Now this book is long and I didnt mind the time because I was stuck in an airport all day due to bad weather. However, the book is filled with long and sometimes unneeded verbal illustrations of things we cant see. I mean she gets really "deep" in some parts and it actually takes away from the main story. Towards the ends you realize she is about to introduce you to a whole new group of characters. When I looked at the time left and saw there was less than four hours left and I was just being told about this whole new world and race I was alittle worried. Now dont get me wrong she does sum it all up in the end, but with the type of depth she went into with the purpose of these new characters she could have written a whole book just about them. It probably would have been better because it makes the ending too cramped.
Overall this was a wonderful series... I fell in love with Zuzana and her hilarious personality. I would name my son Akiva if I could go back. My only complaint would be we didnt get an ending to some of the randomly introduced characters like the two sisters who Akiva and his brother let live. And the fake grandmother... would have loved to know how awful her life turned out... Well I have to say im going to miss these characters. I hope she gives us another story that involves some of them. Kisses/Punches :-)
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