“I need to write about this book now,” I said. Like it’s that easy. I’m just going to write about it. You know, complete sentences with prepositions and verbs and objects and all that nonsense. I can totally do that.

I can’t. I can’t anything, because my head is filled with magic and wishes and stormhunters, dreams of chimaera and seraphim, and nightmares, too. I am full of this book and I don’t want to let go of it, not yet. So I suppose, I should write.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3)

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

And so begins the epic of Karou and Akiva. Chimaera turned human turned into something more; seraphim, sworn enemy of chimaera, Beasts’ Bane. Their souls sing to one another, across time and space and two vastly different worlds. But this is not just their story.

There is so much else. There are other worlds than theseas a young travelling boy once said, and Laini Taylor does not disappoint. She delivers. And then continues delivering, until you are so full that you couldn’t possibly ask for another piece of cake and eat it, too. Except you do. Because it’s cake, and cake as a way of life is the best idea yet. 

An angel lay dying in the mist. Once upon a time.
And the devil should have finished him off without a second thought.
But she hadn’t. And if she had? Karou had wondered it a hundred different ways. 

There are a hundred different threads to this story, and they are interwoven masterfully. I don’t really know where to begin. A girl haunted by her own family, chimaera and seraphim trying to work together, Karou and Akiva finding each other again and again, Liraz coping with her guilt and the onset of emotions, those awful and pesky things. Zuzana and Mik being so fucking awesome that I can’t even describe it. Stelians saving the world inexplicably, Issa being adorable, Virko crushing my heart, and Ziri’s many sacrifices. . .Oh, Ziri. We come to love these character so much that we think we can’t love them anymore and then we’re wrong. So very wrong. Because they are thrown into a maelstrom of violent and soul-aching chaos, and they must survive. They simply must. 

This is the story of how two sides reconcile their differences to combat a common enemy. Of history, and pain, and memory. Of overcoming hatred, and creating new myths. The truth of many worlds, both fallen and still full of hope. The story of not just two people, but many, finding a place in their hearts, their lives, the dangerous world, for love. 

Love is a luxury.
No. Love is an element.
An element. Like air to breathe, earth to stand on.

The writing is not only beautiful and poetic, but snarky and wholeheartedly unique. The contrast between Zuzana and Mik, and Karou’s, often humorous and sometimes heart-wrenching observations of the world {Let’s be samurai; Suck it; Respect the dirt; Eyebrow master class} and the lyrical prose of the rest of the story is jarring, endearing, and enjoyed so much by readers. When Akiva surprises us with wordplay, or Liraz is soul-crushingly brutal, or Mik so freaking perfect – those moments are incredibly well-crafted, and this book is simply full of them.

We haven’t been introduced yet. Not really.

Really? You haven’t read a series finale until you’ve read this one. You haven’t felt anything until this. A hundred threads of plot tied together to create the most incredible masterpiece of YA fiction I’ve read. . .possibly ever. Right here and now I want to reread the entire series from cover to cover, just to experience it all again. 

Haven’t read it? What are you waiting for? 

Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace is accord. Harmony.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (D...  Days of Blood and Starlight...  Dreams of Gods and Monsters...  Night of Cake & Puppets (Da...

All quotes taken from Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.


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