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 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 :-)
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...?
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