Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

dreams of gods and monstersFrom goodreads: 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 book left me exhausted in a good way but after 600+ pages I wanted more, needed more finality and while I thoroughly enjoyed and loved every moment, it wasn’t as good as the first two books. Something about the ending left me unsatisfied but again, I did love it a lot.

“Scientist and smart fellow learner-of-stuff, want to do samurai-monster training with us? We intend to become dangerous.” 

I think my biggest concern with the final installment is that I felt Laini Taylor was doing too much; introducing more characters and leaving the door wide open for a spin-off series, which isn’t a bad thing and honestly, it’s what I’m hoping for.  However, the introduction of new characters and their story took away from the journey that should have been all Karou, Akiva and the usual suspects from book 1 & 2.  Every moment that I couldn’t spend in Karou’s or Akiva’s head, I felt robbed.

“We are the beginning . We always have been. This time, let it be more than a beginning.” 

Can I just say how much I loved Liraz?? I enjoyed her badass-ery before but she evolves and grows into something breathtaking because life shapes you, right?  And she becomes a better person for it.  Her actions spoke louder than anything she could say and she broke my heart a million times over for everything she had to endure.  

“I love vengeance like normal people love sunsets and long walks on the beach. I eat vengeance with a spoon like it’s honey. In fact, I may not even be a real person, but just a vow of vengeance made flesh.” 

Zuzana and Mik were so perfect in this book that I simply couldn’t get enough of them.  Mik is the calm to Zuzana’s fierceness.  I’m not sure what else I can possibly say about them except they’re perfect!  And I needed more time with the Stormhunters…it was such an overall tease!

“The terror-the terror, the terror-lingered, and there was something else. It came with the dream, every time, and didn’t recede with it but stayed like something a tide had washed in. Something awful-a rank leviathan corpse left to rot on the shore of her mind. It was remorse.”

Now, as far as Karou and Akiva are concerned, I really wasn’t sure if they would make it or not but I was incredibly thankful that Karou finally came to her senses. That’s all I can say about them without giving anything away and trust me, you’ll thank me for it later.

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts and started the apocalypse.” 

Laini Taylor delivers a beautifully written story, one that commands your full attention and while I had some concerns with the final book, I loved it; it’s still one of my all-time favorite fantasy series. ;)      



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  1. says

    Oh, Cristina. When I saw your status update on this book about Ziri, my heart stopped! I can’t decide if I’d like to read this NOW or put it off for a bit to prolong the anticipation. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one :D

  2. says

    Yes! As frustrated as I was with the overall ending, one thing I cannot complain about is Liraz. I absolutely adore her. And if you had told me I would before I read this, I would’ve looked at you like you’d lost your damn mind. I was angry at the end of book 2 that youknowwho had to die, but by the end of this one, it was obvious that he had to. If he didn’t, Liraz NEVER would have been able to grow the way she did, and I hated it, but it made sense, so I could accept it.

    As for the rest of it . . . LOTS of violence. And chocolate. Maybe a bottle of wine too . . . ;)

    • Cristina says

      I loooooooooooooov Liraz! Like a lot!!! I’m in total agreement AND the most touching scene is when she used her wings for the fire and then with her water pouch. I was like…I LOVE HER! But I think I was miffed about the ending with regards to K&A…I felt a little in LIMBO about it. If I had Laini’s phone number I would have called her up at 2 in the morning! LOL But with all that being said, the writing is phenomenal and the world building is EPIC. A beautiful series indeed. And PS: could Akiva suffer any more than already did??

      • says

        I’m choosing not to respond to that question b/c I feel like it would be tempting fate . . . I wish everyone would leave poor Akiva ALONE.

        And I always (ALWAYS) need more cake. Or pie. Like right now. Cake would be excellent right now . . .

        • Cristina says

          I LOVE AKIVA!!! I’ve always been team AKIVA! ♥ I’m not sure why readers have such a problem with him and he totally redeemed himself. And by the way…I’m going to calm it down as to not tempt fate anymore than I already have! LOL!!! Did someone say cake??? ;)

  3. says

    Another series that I need to get my hands on! I have book 2 so I really need to get the first book! I skimmed your review but I’m glad you ended up loving the last book even though you had some concerns and the fact that this is one of your favorite series definitely says a LOT!

  4. says

    It’s impressive to see how much people loves the book while I haven’t read any! I know I really need to mainly after such a beautiful review. I’ll have to buy book 1. I’m glad you had a great time with it!

    • Cristina says

      Melliane you are missing out! It’s different than any fantasy series I’ve read. The first book blew me away! It’s just a fabulous series in general! :)

  5. says

    I’m so glad you loved this book, I haven’t read the 2nd yet but I plan to soon, I’ve got this one on my shelf too! Annoying how new characters are introduced, definitely does sound like a spin off in the works though. Lovely review as always, Cristina!

    • Cristina says

      Jeann it’s probably the best written YA book in the fantasy genre that I have ever read. The prose is abosolutely beautiful and the story in general is magical. :) I hope you enjoy it! ♥

  6. says

    You KNOW a book is good, when after 600+ pages you still want more. This series sounds awesome, and one of these days I know I’m going to succumb and take the plunge. Maybe I’ll listen to them instead… Great review!

    • Cristina says

      EXACTLY Carmel!!! It really is good and written incredibly well and the world building is genius. You’ll love it! ;)

  7. says

    You people are really pushing for me to read this series, huh? Jessica, Stuti, you, and 99.9% of the world except me, have read it and gushed about it and praised it to the high heavens. Yes, yes, yes… I’ll be reading it soon… Despite not being as good as books 1 and 2, your review has convinced me there is something special in these books to gather quite a large following. Great review, love!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

    • Cristina says

      Faye you will love it for the writing alone, if nothing else. So magical!!! ♥ I only discovered these books a few months ago…so really I can’t even say that I knew about them because I didn’t but my god, it’s been a true journey! :)

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