Published in 2014
5 out of 5 stars
The book that everyone has been waiting for . . . the much anticipated final novel in Laini Taylor’s breathtakingly imaginative Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS
By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.
Common enemy, common cause.
When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. 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. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.
But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.
What power can bruise the sky?
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.
At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
I’m not even sure I can fathom words for such a gorgeous finale of a book but at any rate, this was utterly mesmerizing all the way through! Laini Taylor’s writing never ceases to amaze me, it’s so unique and magical, a feast for the senses!
These characters and settings, and writing, have become some of the most memorable and entertaining, I mean I love the dynamic between Zuze and Karou, their friendship is utterly precious and Karou and Akiva, not to mention Zuze and Mik, pretty much had me reduced to a puddle of feelings throughout! Every thing about this book was just gorgeous and I couldn’t put it down! I loved the newer elements in this last story, where knowledge was drawn on what I’d read in the previous books and expanded on, the creatures and characters are just so vast and some are awe inspiring, some may not be what they appear, honestly, I was kept guessing throughout and some twists had me feeling so enotional and lost for words!