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Dreams of Gods & Monsters

In YA Book Reviews on April 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

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 by Laini Taylor
YA Fantasy/©2014/613 Pages/Third in a Trilogy/Recommended for age 13 and up

Publisher Summary(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?

My Thoughts: There is just so much to truly appreciate about the conclusion of this trilogy – the absolutely incredible writing, the amazingly complex plot with all its didn’t-see-this-coming twists and turns, the added dimensions to and the fabulous sense of humor embedded in the main characters. All in all, it has been an amazing read. It may not have been a perfect conclusion. A few loose ends were tied up a little too quickly and a few loose ends weren’t really tied up at all. That said…still a very satisfying conclusion to an epic read. Especially satisfying, I might add, because the ending looks a lot like a set up for more books to come. Be still my heart. My hat is off to Laini Taylor. She is an amazing writer.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Favorite Quotes (Goodreads)

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/19221595-dreams-of-gods-monsters

More Detailed Thoughts from Other Reviewers:

http://katiesbookblog.com/2014/04/dreams-gods-monsters-dosab-3-laini-taylor.html

 

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