Dreams of Gods and Monsters – Laini Taylor

11 March 2019
Dreams of Gods and Monsters Book Cover Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Laini Taylor
26 March 2016

The final book in the gripping Sunday Times bestselling series.

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


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.

Peter Donnelly

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