Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review – Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Title: Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Published: April 2014


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?


This book was like an exquisite, rich dessert. I could only read small bits of it at a time, needing to digest and appreciate the beautiful writing in small amounts. 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is not a book to be devoured, it's a book to be savored. Every sentence, every event, every moment is carefully orchestrated and written in a way that sucks you into the world of Karou and Akiva. 

The characters are vivid and the story is so realistic, it's hard to accept the possibility that Eretz, chimaera, seraphim, godstars and nithilam don't actually exist. (At the very least, let there actually be Zuzana because I love the hell out of her!) 

There is just the right amount of humor, romance, suspense, action, mystery, and soul to make this a story you will never forget. This book is heavy (literally since it's over 600 pages and figuratively since the language is so gorgeous). I would recommend the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy to all lovers of fantasy.


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