DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 8th, 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?
If DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS were a chocolate, it would be, as Zuzana might say, the most decadent and delicious chocolate in all the world.
You wouldn’t eat it up at once, no. You would savor it. Every little bite, every little whiff of rich cocoa, the melt-in-your-mouth sensation. And long after the chocolate has been consumed, you would find yourself unraveling that wrapper for the lingering of that chocolate that no one else can ever replicate.
Oh, yes. DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS was the most decadent story I have ever consumed. Or, perhaps I should say, the most decadent story to ever consume me.
Because it did. The words ached through my bones and trembled in my heart and evoked every nerve-ending in my being to come alive. I was fully immersed in the conclusion to Laini Taylor’s amazing, amazing trilogy. And it was a wonderful thing.
Beautiful was what I first thought. But no. Beautiful cannot even begin to describe the achingly gorgeous writing that flows between the letters, words, sentences, paragraphs.
Love lost, love found. Hope renewed, hope shattered. Worlds at stake, races at war, and hunger and pain and humiliation and there’s just no way out of this mess.
I felt an intimate understanding with every character in the DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS. Not just Karou. But Akiva, Liraz, Scarab, Kiri, Zuzana, Mik. I felt every instance of gaping grief, pain, happiness, and fear. I was living it.
I was originally daunted by the length. But when I read one chapter, I remembered what I had forgotten: that I need every word in this book. And I relished every single one. A review can never do justice in explaining the depth of perfection in this book, this series, this stunning conclusion.
Once upon a time, a story began a blue-haired girl with a bird-like stare and now it has ended. And yes, it was most decadent. Most delicious.
About the Author
Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called “Laini’s Ladies.”
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