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Publisher's Summary

Two worlds threaten to crumble in the face of a common enemy in the epic conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy - now with a gorgeous new package!

What power can bruise the sky?

Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera's rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.

When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited - not in love, but in tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.

But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?

The New York Times best-selling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as - from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond - humans, chimaera, and seraphim 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

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Disjointed and way too long!

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This series began in book 1 with such mystery, beauty and promise but steadily declined from there. Book 3 was so, so unnecessarily long and wordy! It was trying (WAY TOO HARD) to be very poetic but it just made the whole story very disjointed and hard to keep track of.

I think introducing the new characters and background story lines in the final book was a mistake in this case. The new backstories really needed SO much more development and detail but instead it was just thrown in bit by confusing little bit. And what detail was given, was done so in such a poetic way that it really did nothing to help you understand the story. For as long as the book was, all of the unnecessary stuff should have been removed, and detail and attention given to developing the new characters and backstory in a straightforward manner. It was like she was trying to create mystery up until the very last second but instead created confusion and the build up just fizzled when revealed because it never quite meshed with the rest of the story.

The characters were also very disjointed and felt thrown into the story at random. Sometimes you wouldn't even hear about a particular character for many many chapters. Long enough in between to forget what was even going on with them. Also, many important things that were built up all throughout the book (i.e. Zuzana and Mik finally getting engaged) were just completely glossed over and only given one or two sentences after they occurred. Big letdown!

The ending of the book was so jumbled and all over the place. It really didn't make a whole lot of sense. I still don't even understand all the backstory that led to the ending. And a lot of things were just left open-ended, which sometimes works, but in this case it feels like certain characters were just forgotten about.

While I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices, she sounded a bit subdued throughout this book, even in very intense scenes which should have warranted much more enthusiasm. She read the entire book as if it were one long (too long) poem. She also mispronounced so many words that I thought it was really silly that the editor didn't catch any of them. Oh, and when you change the way you pronounce names and places from one book to the next in a series, it's distracting. I feel like this has happened quite often with audio books and I wonder why the narrator doesn't find out how to pronounce the names and places of characters from the author before recording. Especially in fantasy books where the names are sometimes difficult.

Anyway, I would love to read book 1 again but I won't be wasting my time with books 2 or 3.

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So Beautiful

I loved this entire series. Laini Taylor is such a talented writer. It's like artistry on paper or ear candy for audible listeners. Her characters are deep with extensive world building - you can't help but get sucked into this fantasy she has created. I crave more and can only hope this is NOT THE END of such a wonderful series. Thank the God Stars, but I really want more!!!
Definitely a 5 star listen!!!!

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not with a bang, but a whimper

Would you try another book from Laini Taylor and/or Khristine Hvam?

I love Khristne Hvam (narrator), even though she mispronounces words that call her degree of education into question. She's a very talented voice actress and I have found some great series of books looking for her work. Laini Taylor created a fantastical world, but the third book didn't live up to the others. Though I loved the first two books in this series (especially the first one), this one was disappointing enough that I doubt I would read more of the author.

What could Laini Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book seemed like a huge mishmash. It was extraordinarily poorly edited. For instance, there was so much soul searching and angst that I felt it undermined the reader's ability to bond more deeply with the characters. It became tedious and annoying. Also, the book really went nowhere, fading away at the end. I understand the need to leave some open ended plot elements for possible coming installments, but this one was a poorly crafted ending. I believe the elements of a fantastic bang of an ending were all there, but they were so overcrowded with superfluous material that they lost all power and merely fizzled.

Was Dreams of Gods & Monsters worth the listening time?

I'm glad that I listened to the end, but I'm left feeling very unsatisfied.

Any additional comments?

A great editor would have made this a masterpiece.

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WOW!!! SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!! I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!

What made the experience of listening to Dreams of Gods & Monsters the most enjoyable?

The narration, the writing, the story....it was amazing!! all of it!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreams of Gods & Monsters?

Oh there are so many....but without giving away too much, I will say Liraz, with her thermos!!

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Karou of course...but then my second favorite was Liraz!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This whole book moved me...it was so incredible....I really want more!! But the ending was perfect!!!

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This book is almost beyond words...it was so beautiful....my mind is still reeling with emotions from it...this whole series has been a treat to my senses...the writing is beyond comparison to anyone else...Laini Taylor has a gift to be treasured...and Khristine Hvam's narration was sooo good...I just hope we get a spin off with Liraz and Ziri....I recommend this entire series to everyone...you will be mesmerized by the characters, story and writing...truly one of my ATF's and I will listen again and again..

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Errr.....what????

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The plot.

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?

Would you be willing to try another book from Laini Taylor? Why or why not?

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.

What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the characters to life.

Did Dreams of Gods & Monsters inspire you to do anything?

To stay in my car listening.

Any additional comments?

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.

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The anti-religion message got too strong

Man! I kind of hate it when an author ruins her own excellent book or series by force-feeding a personal view or belief (or in this case lack of one) down her reader's throats. I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series but try as I might, I could not stomach this one all the way to the very end because the blatant anti-religion (primarily anti-Christian of course) message became nauseating. Full disclosure, I'm a Christian, otherwise it probably wouldn't bother me, however, I don't need the books I read to reflect my values. I have enjoyed many books that had a word view, whether realistic or fantasy, that does not align with mine. Where I take issue is the fact that Laini Taylor decided in this book to cram her clearly anti-religious view down my throat with a pitchfork. I tried to ignore it, then I tried skimming pretty much all the parts that start "Arrival:" Finally, I just got fed up. It's a real shame too, because the base story between Karou and Akiva/Seraphim and Chimera was very good. I was 100% on board and loving the first 2 books, but an author can only go so far with an agenda in a work of fiction and this crossed way over that line. This is my opinion and my personal choice of embracing this book, I understand that. I would just caution any person of faith to be ready to be offended, angry, or disgusted by increasingly large parts of this book as it progresses. It is really disappointing because there was real promise in these books. Khristine Hvam was, as always, excellent despite the material.

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No words

I have no words for how wonderful this book and series was. I'm deeply saddened that it is over.

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4 stars

Kristine Hvam is a fantastic reader. I enjoyed her performance. I liked this third book better than book 2, but still not as much as book 1. I feel like the novel was too long for the small story it held. I would have appreciated more about the Stellians and Eliza, and instead I was given hours and hours of NOTHING.HAPPENING. Until suddenly, about ten hours into the novel, everythinghappenedallatonce. I don't know how Laini Taylor takes these fantastic ideas and drags them out so long that I have to listen to Ms Hvam on 2x speed just to get through it, but she does.

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Good performance but...

I didn't appreciate the narrator changing her pronunciation of some character names. It got to be confusing at times.

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Too dark -- no hope

This series started off great -- fun, interesting, and engaging. But the author took a dark turn and kept getting darker and darker until by the middle of the 3rd book there is simply no hope and every page was just more pain and suffering heaped on the lead characters and through them on to me, the listener. I couldn't take it any more. I need some glimmer of light or hope for a story to be worth reading. I couldn't finish it.

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