REVIEW: Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor


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?


To me, this book was perfect! Laini Taylor just has such an amazing writing style: her poetic tone mixed with genuine language and fluent transitions – I love it. I also love the introduction to new characters. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out considering this is the third book in a series, but the new characters were just as intriguing as the rest, and Taylor did a fantastic job of keeping a sense of mystery around them by slowly revealing more truths throughout the book. It made for a crazy read with so many plot twists and new mysteries being revealed that no reader would ever have been able to predict. This book had everything you could want in a conclusion to a series… EXCEPT a conclusion to the overall story, of which I can’t decide is a good or bad thing. Though the story is left on a bit of a cliff-hanger, enough of the story was resolved that I was satisfied – no, I was very happy. If this story didn’t end on a bit of a cliff-hanger, It would probably go on forever – which, hey, I wouldn’t mind!

I just have to say that I really did love love love this series. I have fallen in love with Karou, Akiva, Zuzana, Mik, and the rest of the seraphim, chimaera, human, whateverelse… as well as with Eretz.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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