Review No.209 – Dreams of Gods and Monsters

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone No.3) – Laini Taylor

Hodder & Stoughton, 2014

While the skies of Earth turn fiery with the wings of angels, the skies of Eretz bruise and bleed. As an army from another world come to fulfil millennia of prophecies, another army is forged from despair and desperation – the most unlikely alliance of all, between the last of the chimaera and the seraph emperor’s banished bastards. For Karou and Akiva, their dream has become a reality they could never have imagined. But beyond the battles that will define both worlds forever, something older and more terrible is stirring.

Laini Taylor has a gift for exquisitely original, glowing prose and memorable phrases. I felt that she took on more than she could handle in one book, introducing new characters who were key to the plot but not investing enough time in their development. Some parts of the ending, therefore, felt a bit rushed and messy to me. There is so much to love, though. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy has been a fantastic fusion of urban and epic fantasy and it comes to a powerful conclusion in Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I look forward to seeing what Taylor writes next.

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