Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

April 1, 2014 Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini TaylorDreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Published: April 8th 2014 by HachetteAU
Format: Paperback, 613 pages
Genres: Fantasy
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5 Stars

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?

This book will break your feelings. Shatter them, then stomp on the resulting little pieces. And you’ll love every moment of it.

Laini Taylor’s gorgeous story-telling will sweep readers away from the first page, and then excite, horrify, and generally agonise them until the last page is turned. Her writing is indescribably beautiful, mesmerising, managing to capture hearts and imaginations and allow us to immerse ourselves fully into the world she has created.

And what a world it is. While the world-building of the series as so far been among the best I’ve ever encountered, Taylor blows everything else out of the water with the revelations she includes in Dreams of Gods and Monsters. The world we were seeing before was but a budding flower – simple and beautiful and full of promise – which unfurls gloriously throughout this book with the richness and complexity of the rarest of roses. I won’t reveal any secrets, but I doubt anyone could be disappointed with where the story goes.

The characters have always been my favourite aspects of the books in this series, so I’m happy to say that they’re all so wonderfully crafted in this book that I have a hard time believing they’re not real. Few authors write characters like this: as people who have had rich and varied lives before we stumbled upon them in the book, and who will continue to live their lives long after we have left them behind. Even the characters with the smallest roles, like taxi-drivers and hotel clerks, emerge fully formed from the pages of the book. Can you imagine how convincing the main cast is?

I love Zuzana. I have all the feels for Zuzana and Mik. I love that this series doesn’t relegate the Best Friend into secondary-character status, and only have her around for general cheerleading purposes and to talk boys with. Zuzana and Mik play integral roles in the story, while keeping their sweet romance alive and providing all the characters with a living, breathing symbol of hope and love.

Akiva and Karou have been through so much, and the alliance of their two very different races constantly throws them together in this book. And my heart kept breaking every time they were near each other (and when they were separated, to be honest). I just wanted to throw them into a room (or a shower!) together and tell them they’re not allowed out until they have said all the things they need to say to each other. Their story isn’t new – there are a many paranormal stories around about two people whose very DNA decrees they can’t be together – but if all of them were written like this then I’d enjoy them a lot more.

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I know I haven’t really said much about the book here. But there’s very little I can say that I haven’t already in my reviews of the last two books, and without spoiling the story for everyone.

What you really need to know is that there is no way you can miss Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Fans of Taylor’s other books, especially the last two books of this series, already know what I’m talking about. I can’t say this strongly enough: there is something in this series for absolutely everybody, and if you’re hesitant because of the YA branding, because of the angels, because of the fantasy element, then read them anyway, because I honestly can’t think of anyone who mightn’t enjoy these books.

4 Responses to “Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor”

    • Shaheen

      Hi! The Australian release was moved up to end of March – we’ve had it in bookstores for a few days now. Which isn’t making you feel better, I know! I was lucky enough to get an eARC though, which was Very Exciting for me 😀

      I hope you love the book when you get it!! It’s so0o amazing, in case my review didn’t say that enough :p

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