Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

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What power can bruise the sky? Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera's rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her. When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited -- not in love, but in tentative alliance against their common enemy. 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. But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters? The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as -- from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond -- humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: New edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780316459204
0316459208
Characteristics: 637 pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Dreams of gods and monsters

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J9s4
Aug 21, 2020

Book three

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WritingChick65
Jul 16, 2020

Perhaps not a strong as the other two books, felt a bit rushed in places, but overall a satisfying conclusion to an excellent series.

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b00kchick
Apr 07, 2020

Loved it! I hated to see this series come to an end. If another book came out, I'd rush to read it! Of course, you need to read the other two books that come before this one.

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KatNova_
Jul 31, 2019

Beautiful writing, beautiful story, what more could I want. I simply loved this series

JCLHebahA Nov 26, 2018

I took advantage of a late start snow day to stay up way too late reading this, and I was sad to have to say farewell to the world of Eretz and to Karou and Akiva and their friends. I love the way she wrapped an intense love story up in a tale of such epic scope, giving each rich development. The low moments were devastating and the happy ones satisfying for being so hard fought for, and the ending was everything I dared to hope for. You know those books that you clutch tightly to your chest and feel all swoony over? Yep. That.

PimaLib_ChristineR Apr 27, 2018

The central story was strong. Do we judge beings based on their looks or their actions? What makes a monster or an angel? Will Akiva and Karou ever have a chance to fall in love? All of these are considered and in beautiful language.

However... and this is a big however, Taylor drops in a new character, which for those who have read Strange the Dreamer, will feel all too familiar by the end. And the country that Jael has salivated about conquering, suddenly shows up. AND there's a whole 'nother level to this whole thing that gets dropped on us near the end of the final book. Where the first two books seemed to have a pretty tight story arc, this felt like Taylor wanted to include every idea for a story she'd ever had. I would still recommend it to those who have read the rest of the series, but be prepared for several Deus ex Machina moments to get us even close to an "end."

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

This was so beautifully written and intricately plotted. I know as I read there were a few issues met my way. But you know what? I don't remember or care. I gulped these books down like they were the last fresh water on earth. Delightfully indulgent and just...fun

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ryner
Sep 12, 2017

A mostly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, although the mechanics of the resolution in the final chapters, particularly with respect to Eliza, remain a little hazy to me. The plot devices used to keep Karou and Akiva apart for the duration of the novel also felt contrived and transparent to this reader. However, overall I quite enjoyed this entire series, and appreciated this original and enchanting fantasy world. I'll definitely read more by Laini Taylor.

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Blue_Crow_2
Apr 03, 2016

Finally finished this brick of a book!! Took me a looong time.

Maybe it was because I took too long to read it, but Dream of Gods and Monsters felt pretty dragged out. I remember I finally reached the climax, and everything was finally coming to a close, and yet there was still ~200 pages left?? I kept reading (obviously) and it really should have just ended there. There was only one storyline left in those 200 pages, and it was a rather unnecessary storyline...Well, I was interested in that storyline, but it completely didn't tie into the main plot. I thought that it would come into play, but it never did. Instead, it was absolutely separate, and not only was it rather irrelevant, its timeline didn't even match up with the main storyline (it lengthened the novel by 200pgs??)

In this novel, Taylor's excessively flowery language because even more prominent. I would say at 30% of each page is skippable because they are just metaphors, usually about how much fire there is whenever Karou and Akiva are within sight of each other. But it's manageable and I didn't mind that much.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the entire series! Sure, my ratings for each novel decreased slightly as it went on, but it definitely was not a waste of my time. I do not regret reading it and would definitely recommend it to those who like novels such as the Grisha trilogy or Throne of Glass to give it a try.

kirstd31 Feb 06, 2016

The last book was okay. It seemed a little drawn out with the extra characters story lines they added. I could have done without it.

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