From 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.