Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor


Dreams of Gods and Monsters (#3 of 3) by Laini Taylor

Published Year: 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Good, but not Great

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series

Book 1: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Book 2: Days of Blood & Starlight

"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?"

If you haven't read the first two books in this series, I would recommend turning back now. I don't intend to be spoilery, but on book number three I can't really make any promises!

I've had some mixed feelings about this series as I've gone through it, and have had ups and downs. It took me longer to read this third book than either of the others (which you'll notice is the reason for my break last week, sorry) and I still was only motivated to finish it because it's due back at the library tomorrow.

LT employs her usual smoke and mirror writing style where she leads you through one POV, dramatically leaves you to the edge, and the abruptly switches to another POV. Often this was in another world and was maddeningly frustrating, because I didn't care about the other storyline right now, I wanted to know about this one. Needless to say, LT had my blood pumping with the crazy switches back and forth. Can't say it's my preferred method, but I can say it was effective once I got into it.

Karou was much less annoying to me in this book than in the second (granted, this isn't really her fault. The second book in trilogies is always, always the most angsty/annoying book, and the hero/heroine always suffers the most), and I felt her pains and wants and hopes in a way I hadn't since part one and two of the first book. It was really great to be on her side again, and as I was reading I was looking forward to her parts more than I was in book two.

The initial introduction of new characters was extremely annoying, and it was often during these POVs that I would end up putting the book down. It was just distracting to me and I wanted more Akiva and Karou air time. I even settled for Ziri, because he was a saint, let's be honest. I also thought these new characters would have very minor impact on the plot (as in the second book), but boy was I wrong. These new characters came in with a bang and a screech. They were dropping surprises and knowledge bombs, and I honestly don't know how this could possibly be the last book in the series. There has to be more, right? Right, LT?! Tell me there's more.

The writing is truly lovely and I very much enjoy LT's style (apart from the sometimes annoying POV switches), but I would be very willing to pick up another book if there was more to this story and to this world. And also, more Karou and Akiva, because that's really my main goal here.

3.5 out of 5 stars.