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Jun 10, 2014

My thoughts on: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3
Author: Laini Taylor
My rating: 5 stars
Pages: 613
GoodReads/ Amazon/ TBD
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?

It took me one week to finish this book. One week and it still feels so little time, because I didn’t want to say goodbye to this awesome world, to these fantastic characters, to this achingly beautiful writing.
But I did.
I said goodbye.
And I’m grateful for all those pages in the world of Karou.
However, even though I loved this book to pieces, it wasn’t my favorite.
(For me, Days of Blood and Starlight is still the best).

My favorite part of Dreams of Gods and Monsters, (if I can say it like that) was: the characters.
Zuze and Mik were my favorites in the whole world. Liraz. Karou & Akiva. Kirin, Issa… I even loved the Stelians, they were such a mystery. Dark and magical.
I’ve heard some people complaining about the new characters; especially Eliza, but I find Eliza so good and well created. I think she was “needed” on the other side of the story.

Now, my least favorite part was the ending. I was pining for something bloodier, I was expecting something mind-blowing but in some way, after so many pages the "actual" ending felt a little rushed.
That doesn’t change my rating or how much I adored this book.
The romance, the action, the amazing writing, the unforgettable characters, the spectacular world-building, all those things made of Dreams of Gods and Monsters an extraordinary read. 

It was a great ending for this great series!

“Once upon a time, there was only darkness. And there were monsters vast as worlds who swam in it.” 


  1. I am still unsure which one is my favourite... I love the series as a whole (but yeah, I remember inhaling each word in the second book and skipping beat after beat). It was so sad to let this story go, and I loved each and every character (Eliza included, first because I wanted to see the humans' reactions to the 'invasion', then because there was so much more behind her story)

    Wonderful, wonderful series!

  2. I'm still reading this one... for personal reasons I get too emotional too easily these days, and this book keeps giving me all the feels so I keep needing to take a break! I'm hoping to finish it this week though!
    Thank you for your honest review, I'm glad that despite some issues you still give it the 5 stars!


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