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Summary

It began with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It continued with Days of Blood and Starlight. It ends with Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

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.

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 theatre 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?

©2014 Laini Taylor (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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  • Marie
  • Oslo, Norway
  • 20-05-14

Well done, Laini!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a very fitting conclusion to the trilogy. I was afraid that the ending might disappoint me a bit, but it really didn't. I am very happy with the final chapter of this adventure.

The only reason I didn't give it a five star is because it didn't need to be that long. I wouldn't say it's dragged because she writes so beautifully, but compared to the previous books I needed some extra time finishing it. And just to comment the performance: Hvam's narration is outstanding as always.

This is absolutely a great book (especially as audiobook), and I'm sure all who liked the first two books will love the ending as much as I do!

ENJOY!

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Satisfying conclusion

It's actually quite a relief to find a trilogy that manages to stick to only 3 books and actually wrap up the story whilst leaving plenty of room for more visits to that world(s).

I'll try not to be spoilery but I was satisfied with the outcome. To be honest, I found the Akiva/Karou love story the least interesting bit. My favourite characters are definitely Mik and Zuze as they respond in the way I consider entirely appropriate to the discovery of other worlds and magic - largely by being sarcastic and never just accepting each new revelation as normal. There are some enjoyable discussions about the logic and limits of wishing that were great. I, for one, am happy that long descriptive battle scenes are avoided as they never work for me.

Kristin Hvam is excellent. I liked her Tiago and Razgut voices particuarly - I guess baddies are more fun. Some of the writing is quite lyrical and poetic which she manages very well. She can't really do a Belgian accent but that's expecting a bit too much specialisation from any reader.


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Who knew you could write so much about feelings!

Since beginning the trilogy with each book I've been somewhat disappointed, and I certainly am with the last. If you love a teenage romance the describes nothing but how in love with one another two people are, or the feelings between and of people, then this is for you! If you want a book that, still has its romance, but also has dialog with depth for the ongoing war that still threatens between Seraphim and Chimaera, and then later, 'the beasts', then this isn't for you; all descriptions of war-based scenes/chapters, and described in a blink, but you can hear about how much Karou wants to kiss Akiva for nearly half a chapter. And then the actually ending, incredibly disappointing, I searched to see if there was a fourth book, because a cataclysm supposedly loomed in Eretz, and yet we end on Karou and Akiva just finally hooking up, what??

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I loved this trilogy. A magical escape.

made my commute to work much more bearable. I would recommend.
I need to find more like it

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magical entrancing writing at its best.

it felt i was captured and entranced into minute by minute recall of the telling of our universe and the history of the ancients... I was caught up totally in this magical incredibly epic written journey and the narrator a perfect choice for telling this what felt like our cosmic story. The kind of book I want to digest for a while before attempting to find another and to not compare because there's a potential for next book to disappoint.. I take my hat of to being able to write so well. I have problems just trying to write this sentence😵 Bless all good writers your gift is immense.💜✨

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Breathtaking

My most favorite book series in the world. Beautifully written, wonderful world building and characters that I hold in my heart forever. I am not normally a fan of American narrators for fantasy books but her performance and range of voices is outstanding. I thoroughly recommend this series you will not regret it.

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  • Yaa
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 21-12-16

Satisfying conclusion to this brilliant trilogy!

If you could sum up Dreams of Gods and Monsters in three words, what would they be?

Fight the good fight

What other book might you compare Dreams of Gods and Monsters to, and why?

All the great love and adventure stories.

Which character – as performed by Kristin Hvam – was your favourite?

Karou

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When you realise that the two main characters can finally be together

Any additional comments?

This whole series is completely mind blowing - and it has a significant twist. The heroes are totally unlikely and the opposite of what you expect.

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Utterly Gripping

I found the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a couple of months ago but only started to listen a couple of weeks ago. Once I had, I couldn't stop. Bought the other two books and listened at every opportunity. Fabulous story of love and war and many other things I can't consciously put my finger on. Lots of depth and wonderful characters and Hope.

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Great book and nice narration.

Once again Laini Taylor has provided another great installment to the Smoke and Bone series. Can't wait for the next one, really enjoyed listening to this interesting and imaginative story. 😊

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  • The Walkie Talkie
  • 05-10-15

I still really hope there is more

It was a fantastic trilogy, I can't wait for the movie adaption, but I still hope there is more of the story to come.

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  • Annimiin
  • 29-01-15

A perfect ending

A perfect ending (or beginning) to a beautiful story.

Loved the narrator.

Only bad thing is that I wished there were three more books ;)

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  • Moonglotexas
  • 14-09-14

What a conclusion to an amazing series!

If you could sum up Dreams of Gods and Monsters in three words, what would they be?

Magical, captivating and surprising

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreams of Gods and Monsters?

The ending is beautiful and particular plot twist is so unexpected and such a happy idea, it sticks with you!

What about Kristin Hvam’s performance did you like?

Each moment and character is so well formed, one wants to remain tucked up in her world, it's very hard to leave!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course, the tension of the last two books and the action packed nature of this one keeps one on the edge of one's seat

Any additional comments?

Here is hoping this isn't the last we see of this world, the end came far too soon!