Narrated by Khristine Hvam
Published: April 17th 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Audiobook, 18 hrs and 6 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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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?
My review of the paperback edition of this book begins: “This book will break your feelings. Shatter them, then stomp on the resulting little pieces. And you’ll love every moment of it.”
And this is still true of the audiobook version. There were times where I listened with tears in my eyes. Everything about this book is beautiful, exquisite, and agonising, and the audiobook version is even more so because Khristine Hvam is such a skilled narrator.
Having only read Dreams of Gods and Monsters once before, there were quite a few things I’d forgotten or misremembered from the book. So listening to it was amazing because it almost – almost – felt like I was experiencing the story for the first time.
I’ve loved every moment of my “re-read” of this series through audiobooks. It was absolutely the best way to experience audiobooks because the source material is so well suited to listening, with Taylor’s lyrical prose and vivid imagery.
I think I’m going to love my new adventures with audiobooks!