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
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.
Khristine Hvam did a great job narrating all 3 books. She put plenty of emotion when it was needed, she articulated very well and she did and an amazing job voicing all of the characters so they all sounded unique and I could easily distinguish between them all.
Overall I have nothing bad to say about her.
This book dragged on! and on! It was probably about 1/3 longer than it should have been.
Cut out all of the wordyness and it would have been 10X better.
Laini Taylor is trying so hard to sound Poetic and smart that even the simplest of conversations or a person answering a yes or no question drags on for 5 minuets or more at times.
In fact it takes someone so long to answer a question most times that by the time they do answer I had forgotten that they were asked a question, let alone what the question was.
I got very board with this book and the way it dragged on that I would zone out for minutes at a time sometimes and I got to the point where I didn't even care to rewind, because I hadn't actually missed anything, Karou was still thinking about answering a question asked to her 5 minutes ago.
Also, I hated Eliza's character and found I just didn't care about her or her story at all. I zoned out the most during Elisa's story.
I like Brimstone the best even though we don't hear his voice much in this book.
Karou is my second favorite.
That's a pretty difficult question to answer without spoilers.
Lanie talked way too much about fictional places and things that I had no idea about,and no context for.
She also added too many character names that I could not remember who everyone was, especially names mentioned in the beginning, this may just have been because it took me so long to get through this book?
I wish she would have focused more on Karou's story and less on side stories and characters like Eliza or the two sisters, because it just really pulls you out of the story.
Also the thing I hated the most was the way she would drag out some revels for "dramatic effect," but it was more just annoying rather than dramatic.
An example of this: "She looked out into the sky, the sky so big and vast she felt so small in it's wonder, like a vivid stream calling to her, pulling her out towards it, welcoming her home, the sky reaching out and wrapping it's familiar arms around her. She saw it then, just a speck at first and then the wing beats........(4min later)..................... She turned to him and said, "Is that!" "Yes, It is! " he said, hardly believing what he was seeing. This would be talked about for years and years to come, passed down in the history books of generations, told by the firesides by the elders to the youth that would never believe this great feat of..........................."
This was not an exact paraphrase, I don't want to spoil anything, but it went something like that.
It took me a long time to start this book because the last volume left me skeptical. This one, though, was wonderfully charming, and reminded me what I liked about the first volume.
I would like to start by saying I love this universe and the characters within. The first half of this book was right up there with the 5 stars I gave books one and two. Unfortunately, the wrap-up of this story took another 8 hours after the climax. There were a couple transitions that got lost or skipped over, and at least 4 places the story could have ended.
I'm a big fan of audible books. The performance in this book is exceptional. Really rising to the ranks of Jim Dale. Such a wonderful read and an amazing story by the author. The authors writings and the readers abilities come together to make a magical experience.
This is a must read. I really enjoyed how unique the story was but also how well written. It kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I can safely say that these books were some of the better books I have read in my life time, and believe me, I have read a lot.
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