Dreams of Gods and Monsters, by Laini Taylor

Hope. Something only star-crossed lovers dared do. Once upon a time, though, even that hope was torn away in fire and heartbreak… until now.  Aided by a dangerous deception, Karou is in command of the chimera revenants, and Akiva has the support of his Misbegotten kin. Now, there is not only hope, but certainty: that Jael can be defeated, and that a new world can be rebuilt where angel and chimera alike can finally live in peace.

But there are bigger threats than Jael to face. On Earth, a girl is tormented by monstrous dreams, made worse with the discovery of real monsters in the Moroccan desert. In Eretz the sky is bruising, and its vicious guardians hunt the cause. Karou and Akiva are caught up in a battle where the cost of losing is greater than they ever imagined.

All too often, a trilogy will succumb to that dreaded literary curse: Disappointing Final Book. We’ve all seen it: the first book is amazing, the second incredible, but the story is left at an unbearable cliffhanger. We loyal fans wait (and wait) impatiently for the conclusion, wishing, hoping, believing that this book will answer everything, and be perfect in every way. Instead… the letdown as our beloved series ends not with a bang but a whimper. This makes the reading of The Final Book an anxious task. Will it live up to those high, high expectations? Surpass them, even?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is one of those rare, perfect finales.

From the very first page, my fear of disappointment vanished. Once again, Laini Taylor captivates with luscious prose, evocative descriptions and nail-biting plot twists. Her characters have grown and changed through the trilogy, but all the qualities that make them so lovable remain. At over 600 pages, the book should not be a quick read, but the story is so fast moving that it is impossible to put down.

The trilogy has certainly expanded with each book, not only in physical size but in the breadth of the story itself. In Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the tension was largely personal. Karou and Akiva, catalysts of change, were caught in a will-they-won’t-they struggle that involved outside forces but primarily focused on the two of them. Days of Blood and Starlight expanded this conflict further as their choices impacted, not only their own happiness, but the survival of entire species. In Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Taylor has managed to up the tension one last time, as the fates of worlds hang in the balance.

It is bittersweet to say goodbye to Taylor’s world, but I could not imagine a better ending.

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TITLE: Dreams of Gods and Monsters
AUTHOR(S): Laini Taylor
RRP: $29.99
ISBN: 9781444722736

Arielle is a avid reader, writer and music-geek in her final year of a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree. She loves all fiction but can’t seem to stay away from sci-fi and fantasy. She lives in Auckland with too many books and not enough shelves.

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