Saturday, 10 December 2016

{Review} Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

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Release Date: April 17th 2014
Finished Date: November 13th, 2016
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton 
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: ARC
Pages: 613
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
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?

The Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the third and final book in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and honestly it was a damn good finale! I know I was a little late to the party with this series. Okay I was really late in getting around to read this series but you know what? I’m glad I was because I didn’t have that tortured wait (like most of you had) in waiting for the next release date to roll around because waiting in between these books would have driven me crazy! 

Ever since I started reading about Karou’s and Avika’s journey I fell in love with their story and I was dying to know how it would all end. Their relationship was full of so much drama and angst, pain and love but most of all hope and hope is the key element of this series. Hope. There is always hope no matter how bleak things look. 

Admittedly Dreams of Gods and Monsters wasn’t my favourite out of the trilogy – was it me or did this book feel too big? It definitely could have been cut down. Mainly I think Days of Blood and Starlight was such a huge act to follow but anyway, this was still a good way to end the series. It did have a lot of moments where I wanted to pull my hair out especially because Karou and Avika still face trouble being together even at the end. 

In all, I’m really glad I found the time to start this series. It was a great journey and I’m sad to see these character go. Highly recommend if you love star-crossed lover and fantasy stories

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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