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.
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.
MY THOUGHTS: The emptiness is something I think all readers have experienced. It's that feeling of uncertainty that follows the indelible ending of a favourite book. It's that painful, underlying question that plagues you for days afterwards; it's the: what do I do now? And that question can burn and can singe. Dreams of Gods and Monsters will undoubtedly leave you in this state: the state of wanting and needing. Laini Taylor's world is as breathtaking as ever in this final instalment and I never knew how much I'd miss it until I reached this point.
“Once upon a time, there was only darkness.
And there were monsters vast as worlds who swam in it.”
Laini Taylor writes characters with this astounding delicacy. She notes every precision and delves deep into their past before writing out their future. If anything, it's within Dreams of Gods and Monsters she does this best. Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Mik, Liraz, Issa and Eliza were all written with charm and with force – each as unforgettable as the next. To introduce a new character in the final book of a trilogy is a risky move, but with Laini Taylor I always hope that the turn of a page will bring a new face.
But, of course, I'm not going to stop talking about characters without expanding on Zuzanna and Mik. It's impossible not to adore them. Zuzanna alone is endlessly fantastic and it's her and Mik who stop the human population from seeming so incredibly bland. The pair of them are constant bringers of joy, filling each page with laughter and chocolate cake… a lot of chocolate cake.
“Once upon a time, a girl went to see a monster menagerie
where all the exhibits were dead.”
As for the plot, I can't go into too much depth because of spoilers, but, in short: wow. Laini Taylor knows how to craft and layer a story, intertwining so many different elements. Really, Dreams of Gods and Monsters was so carefully considered and plotted. Not to mention the writing. The writing was as darkly beautiful as you'd expect from the final novel in this trilogy; Laini Taylor is a puppeteer author who manipulates each phrase to evoke the strongest of feelings. It's no exaggeration to say I got a sever case of "Papilo stomachs" (if you've read any of this trilogy, you'll understand what I mean) multiple times throughout this novel. Not to mention, the sudden need to punch certain characters (or maybe that's my inner Zuzanna showing?).
In short, Dreams of Gods and Monsters left me starved of all feelings. I still haven't closed the covers of the book – despite finishing it hours ago – in fear of shattering a world that I care so dearly for. But, after I've posted this review, I will close the covers. I'll close them with a wistful smile. I'll close them with a wish of returning, a wish that echoes the familiar snap of a wishbone.
an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts
and started the apocalypse.”