Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author:  Laini Taylor
Series:  Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 3
Year: 2014
Publisher:  Little Brown
Pages:  613

Goodreads Summary:

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?

The highlight of my week was receiving this book in the mail on Tuesday. All week I looked at the book sitting beside my bed and thought "this weekend. This weekend, I'm going to spend it reading you." It gave me hope. And now, I have finished the book and I'm completed satisfied. I can't remember a series where I fell in love with the side characters as much as the main characters, where I hoped so much for a happy ending or at least one with hope for the future (except maybe the Legend series by Marie Lu). And this final book rocked. It was a perfect ending. And I'm so sad to see Karou, Akiva and friends go. This series sets in a class of its own.


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