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Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy) Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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An Amazon Best Young Adult Book of the Month, April 2014: Author Laini Taylor’s immense talent for storytelling is once again evident from the first beautifully crafted sentences of Dreams of Gods & Monsters, the third book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. For this final leg of the story, Taylor doesn’t wait around to get the action going--the book starts out with an army of white-robed angels appearing in broad daylight, seen by television crews, an awestruck public, and a young scientist named Eliza. Eliza, we come to realize, is also a new main character narrating from the fresh perspective of an outside observer. Twists and revelations pop up from beginning to end, along with facets of the earlier novels that thrilled me to see again. Dreams of Gods & Monsters continues Taylor’s nuanced treatment of light versus dark, good versus evil, friend versus foe, and is everything I could want in the last of book of an already beloved trilogy. --Seira Wilson
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Gr 9 Up—Eliza Jones, a research fellow at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, wakes from a recurring nightmare to the discovery that angels have appeared in the sky above Uzbekistan. Unbeknownst to Eliza, she is the linchpin upon which the salvation of worlds depends. The battle is well and truly on in this finale to the "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" trilogy (Little, Brown). Star-crossed lovers Karou and Akiva have fleeting moments together as their worlds threaten to implode in a power struggle hemmed by uneasy alliances and surprise players. Jael, the psychopathic emperor, has made good on his threat to invade the human world, and human authorities, ecclesiastical and political, struggle to make sense of the shining angels negotiating for human weapons of mass destruction. With the soul of Karou's friend Siri sealed into the body of chimaera leader Thiago, the slim possibility of alliance and survival exists. Revelations and betrayals, multitudinous characters and fulfilled prophecies speed past in a blur of action and intensity. The introduction of Eliza this late in the game is convenient but useful, since she provides the knowledge that gives victory to the rebellion. Characterizations serve the plot and do not achieve any notable depth, but the momentum is more than enough to keep the pages turning. The obstacles between Karou and Akiva multiply exponentially and finally dissipate. The conclusion promises resurrection, renewal, and long-postponed love happily resolved, and that should satisfy even the most meticulous fans.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
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But my favorites were the secondary characters: Zuzana and Mik. I LOVED them! Maybe even more than I loved the lovesick Karou and Akiva. I don't hate the main couple. They do what they should to remain superheroes. Oh, and I want to mention one more person, but I don't want to spoil it for others. I really miss that person. But I've missed him for two books. What I did learn today was there is a short book about ZuzaMik. Got it. Will read it VERY soon.
The writing of these books is my favorite kind of writing. It is fast and full with the right amount of dialog to counteract descriptions. I want to study how Laini Taylor's writing more so I may be reading these books again and again.
And then there is the icing on the cake: narrator, Khristine Hvam. She brings the story to life. She adds attitude where it might only be suggested by the writing. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Taylor read by Khristine Hvam.
May I suggest that you make sure you have a couple days to dedicate to just reading. I didn't do anything but for the past few days. reading way past bedtimes and food times, and nearly past pee times, oops! All of it was worth it! What a wonderful story!
Laini Taylor's much awaited Dreams of God and Monsters starts where the second book ended. The Dominion Army of Eretz has invaded the earthly world where they are revered as gifts from God. Angels from heaven. The second coming. The rapture. Knowing the true purpose of the evil Dominion leader, Jael, the Seraphim and the Chimaera are forced with but one option: combine armies of century-old enemies to fight Jael.
With Karou and Akiva working hard to bring the two groups to a détente, they have no time alone to form their own peace. Both are hurt by their past, neither is sure what to expect of their future. And the two lovers of two lifetimes have little hope they will ever be together again. A war is starting and nothing is sacred.
Taylor's poetic prose takes the stories from Eretz and Earth to weave a beautifully written tale of love and war and different worlds. It's like reading an ancient epic poem. Those who fell in love with Karou and Akiva and Ziri and Mik and the feisty little Zuzana will not be disappointed. You will fall in love with them all over again and you will miss them when you turn the last page and close the book. As Akiva tells Karou, "it's magic".
If you're hesitant about this series, don't be. It's so beautifully written and the relationships between the characters are so real and deep and complicated...like real relationships.
Read this series. For sure one of my all time favorites. And I read A LOT.