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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters, 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?

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters, By Laini Taylor, is the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.  I haven’t reviewed the other two books because I have been so anxious to keep reading each consecutive book, that I haven’t had a chance to process what i have been experiencing.  This series is so imaginative, so full of new worlds, creatures, and mythology, it will make your head spin!  

The last of the books, Dreams of Gods and Monsters, takes place in two worlds: Eretz and Earth.  As the story unfolds, Earth is about to be visited by the Seraphim, who look just like biblical angels.  Although they head straight for the Vatican, their purpose is hardly angelic.  They seek human weapons of mass destruction in order to finish the fight with the Chimaera back on Eretz.  Will the leaders of Earth be dazzled by the trappings of heaven?  Or will they have a hefty dose of scepticism?  It is fun to watch this scenario play out.

At the heart of the series is the relationship between star-crossed lovers Akiva and Karou. Akiva is a Seraphim, while Karou is Chimaera (resurrected as a human girl).  Their story is a bit like watching someone climbing a hill, only to see them stumble and fall just as they are about to crest the top.  What keeps things going is the feelings of unending hope that the couple express.  They have a shared dream of peace among their peoples, and it is this higher purpose that keeps them striving to move forward.  You can’t help but root for them to end up together.

I loved the many other characters in the book.  Mik and Zuzana are Karou’s human friends and their relationship is also charming in it’s normalcy.  They complete each other.  Zuzana is up for anything, even if it puts her in danger, while Mik is quiet and reasonable.  They are the reader’s eyes in the story. Liraz is another complex character, a warrior who must learn to live after war.  Can she find redemption and even love?

There are enough plot twists to keep the reader in their toes up until the very end of the book.  Just when you think the story has smoothed out, another wrinkle materializes.  Amazingly, I was so invested in the story that this was NOT annoying.  It simply added to a deep satisfaction with the ending of a wonderful book series.

Source: Public Library
Format:  Hardcover
Recommendation: Romance/Fantasy fans will enjoy it.

Will I read more from this author:  Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

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