Author: Laini Taylor
Provided Synopsis: 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?
Review: So close! This book came so close to being the perfect finale for the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy! But, even with the mishap at the end of the book known, I would still consider this series to be a must-read in the YA fantasy genre, and I am going to tell you why.
In scope, the scale of Dreams of Gods & Monsters is large. An army of angels has passed through the portal to Earth with the aim of seeking weapons from the humans to win the wars they fight at home. The potential of catastrophe for those on Earth and in Eretz is high, which is why the dream Akiva and Karou had all those years ago is finally given a way to become a reality: in order to win their freedom, the seraphim and chimera will need to work together for a common goal. While book two posed questions concerning what to do when one realizes they do not agree with the morals of those in charge, this book questions how to bring about the change you want to see in your world. It cannot happen without tribulations along the way, so will it ever be successful? Can hope live in the darkest of times?
The final installment of this journey was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. The action scenes were fast-paced with the power to throw the reader completely into the moment. The exploration of the world of Eretz did more to encompass past mythology dealing with the fallen and the creatures of this world. Character development has continuously been a stunning aspect of this series, and it did not falter here. I have always been connected to Akiva and Karou as individuals and as a couple; yet, somehow, in this story my affinity for them grew to be even deeper. The emotions and past mistakes they must wade through to reach each other are written with such beauty that I cannot imagine how anyone could not have their breath taken away.
As for the series resolution, which I have always had a difficult time imagining in my head, and which was made difficult to achieve due to the scope of this book, there is an issue. Towards the very end of this book there is a considerable amount of information dumping along with the usage of a deus ex machina. In the wake of this information the resolution does not feel as if it is complete since I can see how the story could continue with many of the characters the readers have come to know and love. It is a complicated resolution for me to straddle, because while I am hungry for where the story can go from here, I also feel satisfied with the fire of hope that has been left to burn inside of me. Laini Taylor may have not given the most conclusive ending, yet it was still a beautiful ending for a wonderful series.