Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Posted January 7, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 2 Comments

Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini TaylorDreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Published by Little Brown and Company on 4/8/2014
Genres: fantasy, Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 613
Length: 18 hours and 11 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight
Also by this author: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight

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 was my least favorite book in this series. I wanted to love it so bad, but it just fell short.  The only people that kept me going with this book were Zuzana and Mik.


The first thing is I think this book was just a little too long.  I’ve listened to this trilogy, and really enjoyed the first two books.  They seemed to just fly by.  This one felt like it was never going to end.  And there was so much new information being given to us in this one.  By now, the threads should be tied up, but we were given more questions.  I didn’t know if maybe this wasn’t going to be the last one, or not.    My other complaint is the addition of new characters.  Some of the new characters ended up being vital to the plot, but I wish we had met them sooner.


I love Zuz nd Mik even more after reading this book.  They seriously go through hell and back, and manage to stay strong.  I also think they are what kept the story going along.  I needed more of them in the end.  I know it sounds like I  hated this book, and it’s not that.  I just felt like it was a little too much for a last book.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

2 responses to “Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

  1. I’ve fallen behind with this series and probably should reread Daughter of Smoke and Bone before starting Days of Blood and Starlight, lol. It bugs me when the final book in a series brings in a bunch of new characters and plotlines instead of focusing on winding down. I do love Zuzana, though- she’s such an awesome character! 🙂
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