Friday, May 30, 2014

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is the third and final novel in the YA contemporary fantasy Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor.

This is definitely a trilogy that you HAVE to read in order. If you haven’t yet read the acclaimed first novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone or the blockbusting second book Days of Blood & Starlight, click on the titles to read my reviews – and go forth and read both books!!!

Then you can read this review of Dreams of Gods & Monsters.

Got it?

Karou made a choice – after a violent attack – that is both a staggering deception to her people, the chimaera, and also their only hope to end the never-ending revenge that plagues their world.

Knowing the truth is not easy – nor is following through with a complicated, layered plot to ally with those long considered enemies in order to stop Jael’s machinations that are turning the human world upside down and putting them in terrible danger.

This throws Karou together with Akiva – and allows those simmering, unresolved, undeniable feelings to fester. Yet now is not the time to stop and work through them…

Now is the time to stand against the gods and monsters.

It is my opinion that if you’ve read Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight (and, ahem, if you’re reading this… YOU BETTER HAVE!) you don’t need much of a nudge to read this final novel. You most likely have already done so or are planning on it. Not much of a summary is needed then!

Right away, there’s just so much going on in Dreams of Gods & Monsters! I mean, wow!

Laini Taylor again sweeps the narrative into lyrical, poetic, powerful language that lingers and haunts. We get more of our complex characters and this truly original, meaty plot. It’s such gorgeous, thick writing.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is a breathless, breathtaking, epic conclusion that never feels rushed or hurried at all. It’s a huge book but doesn’t feel like it – it feels just right. It continually goes places I didn’t expect – smart, climatic, surprising and new.

At small, occasional moments I thought perhaps Dreams of Gods & Monsters was somehow lacking a little of the magic the first two books had – but in the end, I have to say that worry was almost entirely squelched.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is unexpected, unique, multi-layered and has an end that made me feel wowed.

What more can I say?

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