Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Book Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters, by Laini Taylor @lainitaylor

What an epic ending Dreams of Gods & Monsters is to an absolutely captivating trilogy.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters is over 600 pages long, and every page is important. There isn't a (beautiful) word wasted. The story is complex, with new characters and the continuation of a mythos so delicious and unique, that the reader finds himself hurtling towards the end wondering how this can possibly play out.

We have our usual main characters, Karou and Akiva, as well as Zuzana and Mik. There's a new character, Eliza, who doesn't seem to fit in, but don't worry -- she will. And every time we think things might be getting better, that they might possibly be in relative safety, all hell breaks loose again and they are back in utter peril.

Angels have appeared on Earth. About 1000 of them, led by Jael, and they want the citizens of Earth to help arm them because the angels have assured the Earth that demons are coming and they need all the help they can get.

Our beloved characters know that this is basically hogwash, and they need to find a way to stop Jael from taking over the earth, as well as Akiva's world.

Taylor does a good job of reminding us what happened in the first two books without retelling the entire story. And I needed that. Dreams of Gods & Monsters is one of those books that really makes you wonder about the mind of the author. How in the world can she come up with this stuff?

Of course there's a continuation of the romance (well, actually romances.) And I really loved the way things turned out for these couples.

It's a good, but not perfect ending. There is still much to do, and I'm wondering about a possible spin-off series? Please?

I'll read anything Taylor writes. Her world building and action-packed plotting are both superb. Some of the characters aren't really developed (too much action to have time for that) but all the important characters are well done.

I can't say enough about the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series. It is an investment, but you will not be disappointed. This is fantasy -- one of my least favorite genres -- but it's so well done, it doesn't seem like fantasy. Don't wait!

Published by Little, Brown BFYR, April 8, 2014
Personal copy
613 pages

Rating: 5/5





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1 comment:

  1. I agree 100%, this was such an amazing ending to a beloved series ^^ You're right that Laini Taylor did a wonderful job of recapping what had gone down in the previous two books without really recapping everything. And I needed that too! And yes as much as it was a perfect ending, there was still a lot of unfinished business and I hope she'll write a spin-off at some point down the line. Like you, I will read ANYTHING and EVERYTHING this woman writes from this point forward. She is a goddess and a genius ♥ Wonderful review ^^ glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did :)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

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