today it’s review time of Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. This is the third and last book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bones Trilogy, so if you haven’t read the series yet, don’t read the review because it will spoiler plot points.
Published: April 8th 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Story (by 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?
I took the description from goodreads because all in all Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a very complex book with loads of information. Better taking this summary than making up my own and writing something far too long.
I can’t say that this book was a disappointment. It was great, it has a nice ending that feels like an ending, the characters were lovely, funny (at least the good guys) while the bad guys were cruel and had a point on why to destroy humanity and everything that’s beneath them. I kind of wished a less open ending for two characters (Karou’s evil false aunt Esther and the fallen angel Razguel) but on the other hand they deserved each other. Might be a good enough ending if you think about it.
A thing I never sympathized with is the Karou and Akiva relationship. I don’t know why but I never took them serious together. Okay, they have a really interesting history together and such, but it still felt odd to me. My favorite couple in this book was by far Karou’s best friends, Zuzana and Mik. Maybe I could identify with them more and that’s the reason why I could feel their relationship better? Who knows. They were funny and lightened the mood even in the darkest hour.
So if you have never heard of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you really missed something if Urban Fantasy mixed with angels, demons and monsters is your thing. It’s a complex and original novel, so have fun. It’s worth it.
Have a nice day!