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
Yes. This was a very creative story and I really enjoyed it. I really got hooked. I suggested to friends and they loved it as we'll.
I loved every minute of this book -- I thought it was the best of the three, though I still really enjoyed the first two books. It had so much wonderful description and detail and yet was still a page-turner. The author did an excellent job of conveying the intense emotions and feelings of the characters, and in this book in particular, that was very important. Even though it is YA, it managed not to get bogged down in petty YA drama as so many of these types of books do. I highly recommend the whole series!
So we have the main problem. We work really hard to overcome main problem. And after all that hard work, well whaddaya know, all we need is some powerful convincing. War and battles? Psh puh-lease, that's pointless! Get outta here with that silly stuff. Main problem easily resolved. Voila! Done. Woo! Let's celebrate! ..I guess...But wait...there's more! There is problem B, which is out of this world bizarro and confusing. Oh! ....what? Yes. Problem B is big time problematic. Alright, let's take care of it then. Done! Everyone lives happy ever after.....Um, OK?
Her writing is amazing. Her characters are amazing. Her world building is amazing. So, YES, I will be most definitely willing to try another book from her.
She brings the characters to life.
To stay in my car listening.
The plot was definitely off on this one, and there are scenes that I could snore through (Eliza, yes I am talking to you). But given that this book is the ending to the series, it's practically impossible not to read it.
I have read all three books and found after reading each one I could not wait for the next. I even feel like there should be a 4th book just to satisfy my addiction to every character in this book.
The narrator met all my expectations and she made each character come alive with their own voices and personality.
A scientist in training with her head in the clouds. With no time to read but plenty to listen, audible has changed my life forever.
Ok I have mixed feelings. First: Taylor is a GENIUS of imagination and imagery. The pictures she paints are GORGEOUS. Absolutely stunning. I always thought this throughout the series, some scenes just stick in your mind, and her characters are quite well developed. I also thought there were interesting twists and was a unique way to shape a final novel in a series, so props on that. HOWEVER, I always felt there was something about her novels that I can't quite put my finger on but that kept me from absolutely loving it. I think it's the way some of the mushy love/despair-of-missing-love scenes tended to drag on. It took so much away from the plot sometimes, and if I had been reading the book, I definitely would have skipped a bunch of pages. It definitely felt very "teen romance". And hey, I'm always down for a good romance, but at times it was little too...Twilight-esque.
That being said, I am sad the beautiful world Laini paints has come to an end in the story here. Or has it...?
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Laini Taylor weaves a wonderful story in the final piece of her Smoke and Bones Trilogy. This really should be a five-star book, but she introduces some important characters in this book, that should have had some pages dedicated to them in Days of Blood and Starlight. I won’t say it feels rushed, because it’s a long book and ample time is dedicated to all plots, but if these key people were introduced, it wouldn't have been so jarring. The hubby and I have really enjoyed it, but having these crucial characters introduced so late feels almost like a plot coupon because there wasn't enough plot with the characters introduced before to complete the story with who we had in the last book. I think she did the best she could without the story going completely off the rails or some ret conning.
We listened to the audio version and Khristine Hvam delivered another spectacular performance. She was right on the button with the usual suspects and all the new characters were also brought to life by the performance. I will say my only issue with the production was point-of-view changes during a chapter. There was no additional pause other than a normal paragraph pause. I don’t expect the break like between chapters, but there were more than a few times where it changes a point-of-view and it took a paragraph or so to understand whose point of view we were focused on. I won’t say it’s the end of the world, but it was distracting more than a few times especially early in the book.
I really can’t in good conscience not recommend this book. It’s got a lot of great pieces, but the additional important characters introduced in this book, feel a little cheap. If you’re read the first two books in the series, what are you waiting for? Read this! If you haven’t read the first two, this is a great place to start and it’s not the typical teen romance love triangle shtick that’s been making the rounds since Twilight made it big.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
First, yes, go back and listen to the other two books before listening to this one. I read a review where the girl did not and thought to myself, I need to reacquaint myself with the characters and I am so glad I did. Because yes, this book does introduce new characters that add a spin on this book that makes me wish it was already made into a movie. I really hope it does get made into a movie!
I don't want to give any spoilers for the book but just want to say I love the narrator to death! She really made this book come alive for me, so thank you Khristine Hvam.
I am so happy that the last book has come out after being with this series from the start, it's been a long couple of years waiting and for those who get to start with the first and finish within a week, I am super jealous. But happy my love affair with this series lasted so long.
This was a great ending and maybe even a spin off to another series of books? Hmmmm?
Great job, Laini Taylor.
must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,
i haven't even finished this book yet but had to write a review. this is the 3rd book in the series, and it is fantastic. you NEED to start this series from the beginning, waaaay too much happens and there is so much character developement you would cheat yourself if you started from book 2 or something. laini taylor's writing is poetic. descriptive isn't even close to describe it, poetic...she uses different words, she is not typical in any way, and paints a total scene. not sure how else to describe it. she doesn't simply say someone feels a loss, her comparrisons and depth of description are quite beautiful even when she describes something terrible. some may find it too wordy or too long even but i feel she doesn't take it too far, i think she tells an excellent story. it is a different kind of fantasy novel, there is so much going on, battles, love, hate, sooo much. the first book is good but they get better as you go. you might feel the lead female to be slightly immature in the first book but i think that is kinda the point, she really grows and i think the series is great. worth the listen. very good narration too.
Originally posted at: A Girl that Likes Books
The mind is a palace with room for many guests
Why I read this book
It's been a while since I liked a series this much, including the companion novella. While I was a bit sad to finish the trilogy I was also very eager to know what was going to happened with everyone.
What the book is about
This is a review for the third and last book in the series, so there might be some spoilers from the previous books. The book walks through the arrival of Jael to Earth portraying himself as a saviour angel. Meanwhile on Eretz the Chimera army is learning to work with the "misbegotten". Akiva and Karou are putting their own wishes on hold to save both worlds, but it would seem that there is an even bigger threat than Jael's expedition.
The book opens with new and intriguing characters that made me want to read (listen) faster. Taylor's writing is, as always, involving and fast paced and Khristine Hvam is an amazing narrator giving everyone a voice perfectly toned for the story.
Oh my, oh my, this was a hard read (chapter 29 was particularly hard to go through, you will see). So many things happening at the same time, which is normal during a war, and so I kept finding moments to sneak in a couple of minutes more of listening.
I've already said how much I liked the world building Taylor presented in this series; in this particular installment the mythology that brings all worlds together, including the Far Isles is beautiful and terrible at the same time. Terrible in a scary way I would like to clarify. Beautiful because the whole tissue weaved out of this mythology brings every character into a whole different perspective and left me wanting more at the end.
This is not a love series; sure there is love and the relationship between Zuz and Mik is just adorable, but the main thing carrying the story is the confrontation between Seraphs and Chimera. In this one, Taylor also adds the effect of human beliefs and fears to the "supernatural" and unknown.
The only problem I had with this book is that I wanted more of this story to read. I am very satisfied with how most of the stories were rounded up, but the thing is dearest reader, that there were A LOT of doors opened in this one.
I would recommend this series all over town!
Life is only a thread tethering soul to body
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