Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Laini Taylor. Urban Fantasy/Paranormal. 613 pages. 3 stars.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts
and started the apocalypse.”
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?
It’s a common fear for readers to read the last book of an amazing series because one of the difficult things to do as a writer is to wrap it up in the correct way. And I am so sad to say that this book was victimized by it.
Personally, I found this book overextended and lengthy. It could’ve concluded at one point but it didn’t and it just ended up becoming one big confusing mess. At the end of the novel I was left disappointed on top of being confused and sad because the 2 previous books were so amazing only to be finished by a rather not-so-worthy ending.
The saving grace of this novel, though, were the ships that sailed gloriously. I think this is the first novel where I shipped a couple that did not include the main character/s. If you wanna know who it is you’re gonna have to read it! Who knows, maybe you’ll end up liking it more than I did. To each their own, after all.
So sad. 3 stars. Could’ve been better… and a hell lot shorter.