Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor
This is the third book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and brings an absolutely epic story to a great conclusion. While the final book in a trilogy normally brings about an epic battle or showdown that’s been smouldering and building to a climactic ending. In this book, great credit goes to Laini Taylor to develop another major twist to the plot. It’s not just fitted in awkwardly but takes the story to another level with factors that have been subtly revealed the whole way through the story.
I kept thinking Lord of the Rings while reading this from the perspective of its depth and how it developed exceptional detail such as myths, legends and history to make the experience so expansive and complete. The range of characters that are developed across the books is amazing. It is also a fantasy story that teaches us life lessons, such as the value of friendship, love and honour. It gives meaning to all beings and living things, and not just the main focus of the plot.
The whole trilogy resonates in our world today where just because of race, colour or religion, or just because that’s the way it has always been, are reasons to remain fractured and at war, or even in violent agreement. Our differences should be celebrated, however, we may need an alien invasion to unite us.
This is a fully thought out story with real depth, lots of anecdotes and lessons. It’s also a really great plot that keeps you riveted and turning the pages throughout the night. You become seriously bound to several of the characters. I want to know what they’re doing now – just have to use my imagination.
I highly recommend this book. If you love fantasy and haven’t read this trilogy yet, then you need to read these books soon. If fantasy isn’t normally your normal genre then this may be the book to give you a taste.