Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Posted April 7, 2014 by Sara | Novel Novice 2 Comments


Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor is the perfectly epic conclusion to an already epic trilogy – a fitting finale, to be sure.

dreams of gods and monstersBy 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?

Dreams of Gods & Monsters kept me up late at night, in a delicious, delightful, magical, (sleep-deprived) way — and not just for reading. Yes, I had to know what would unfold next. I had to know what fate awaited Karou, Akiva, Kiri, Mik, Zuzana, and all the rest. Even in this final book, Taylor set up and revealed new layers of her magical world — and I wanted to witness each one being peeled back and revealed.

But even when I stopped reading for the night, I found myself lying awake, thinking about these characters and these worlds and the struggles ahead of them. The very essence of Dreams of Gods & Monsters stuck with me, far beyond the page.

With Dreams of Gods & Monsters, Taylor has crafted an elegant and magnificent finale to her masterful trilogy. Beautifully written and masterfully plotted, Dreams of Gods & Monsters is the perfect ending to an incomparable series.

It is in stores tomorrow.

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Sara | Novel Novice
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