Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Published: April 8, 2014
Hardcover, 613 pages
5 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

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?

Everything and nothing is solved in this epic conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Alliances are tested, friendships are formed and renewed, and love triumphs above all else. This book urges you to dive in, eager to find out how it will all end and who will end up winning the war - the angels or the chimaera. This book begins with a bang. The angels have descended to earth, creating a huge stir throughout the world, everyone wondering what this arrival means. Some believe it is God speaking to them, others believe it is the Apocalypse - it is certainly the latter. Karou has taken over the chimaera army, in disguise, and is trying desperately to stop the war from this side, or at least, to join forces so that they can all stop Jael's army of angels before they destroy the earth. Karou and Akiva are keeping their dream alive, if everyone works together, its possible to win. But the angels and chimaera do not want to be anywhere near each other and tensions are high as they wait for the signal to attack.

This was the perfect conclusion to the perfect series. It took me to a whole other world that I never wanted to leave. It kept me guessing until the end, unsure of how it would all go down and crossing my fingers that Karou and Akiva would finally get their happy ending. Taylor have created this completely new universe and races but compels the same feelings and worries we have on earth. War is all around us and the only way for it to end is for us to work together and plan an agreement. This was all too familiar with the real world, and all too familiar to Romeo and Juliet, but thankfully Taylor gave us the happy ending we so wanted. Everything was perfectly woven together to bring it all together in the end. Her writing is smooth and fluid, and every word is needed. She has written it in a way that makes it run together like a Tolkien novel, creating all these different perspectives that end up together before the story is over and work together to get to the conclusion. She is a genius with words and does not leave any character behind. Zuzanna and Mik are still there, trying to be normal in a not so normal world. Liraz gets a bigger part and I loved her and her masculine feminism. Ziri was wonderful and swoon worthy in his own light and his ending was perfectly played out. Issa is back and hilarious as ever, and Karou and Akiva are, as predicted, the most wonderful pairing I've read in a fantasy series. 

This book had everything I was looking for in an ending. I cried, I laughed and I hugged the book to my chest as I read the reunion I've been waiting for. A wonderful series for anyone who loves fantasy, or is just looking for an epic love story with a lot of fighting in between. Either way, go read it now!

“It was the first time either of them had ever held another's hand, and for them alone, the immensity of what unfolded that night was overshadowed by the perfect wonderment of fingers intertwined - as though this was what hands had always been for, and not for holding weapons at all.” 

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