Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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?
“Once upon a time,an angel and a devil
pressed their hands to their hearts
…and started the apocalypse.”
Where do you even begin with a book like DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS? It was a utterly fantastic conclusion and a nearly perfect book. I liked the other two books but this finale just cemented the series into my shelf of all time favorites.
First, I have to say if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the last two books (like me) go check out the Recaptains website, because they have awesome recaps that were extremely helpful in jogging my poor memory.
“Once upon a time, a girl went to see a monster menagerie
where all the exhibits were dead.”
Characters, characters, characters. Probably one of the best things about this series (among so many others) are the characters. The huge variety of characters, not only differing in appearances, but also personalities, motives, and dreams. Each one has so much depth, and they all add a little something extra to the story.
In addition to all the familiar faces, there are some new characters introduced as well. I like when series do this because it keeps things fresh and Taylor has yet to write a character that wasn’t made from unicorn blood and rainbows (meaning: awesome).
And I think these quotes say everything I could about the writing. It’s probably the best I’ve ever read in any young adult book. Beautiful, without being too complex and hard to understand.
“Once upon a time, there was only darkness.
And there were monsters vast as worlds who swam in it.”
And boy, is there darkness. Everything is at stake and no one is safe. That’s why I was on the edge the entire time I was reading this-you really have no idea what could happen and we already know Taylor doesn’t pull any punches in her writing. Even with everything, I’m still very satisfied with the ending, although there is opportunity to see more from this world. *crosses fingers*
This book left me overwhelmed by feels so much I’m actually going to use this gif that has No-Face in it to describe how I felt. (And if you know me, you know how much I avoid Spirited Away)
A great conclusion.