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?
Hardcover, 528 pages
Four and a half stars: A solid finish but a little overwhelming.
Karou and Akiva are still fighting for their hope at peace. Karou's new desperate plan with the white wolf is the last chance to forge a peace treaty with the Seraphim. Will the fragile plan work? Can they really establish peace? Unfortunately before they can find out, Jael, the new Seraphim Emperor, leads a host of angels to earth in preparation for a take over. Now it is up to Karou, Akiva and their allies to not only stop the war between the Chimera and Seraphim, but to also save Earth. Can an angel and a devil find love and peace at last?
What I Liked:
- I have been waiting for this finale for a year and a half. Needless to say, I had high expectations going into this one. Ms. Taylor presents a gorgeously written, epic book, complex in plot and characters that will surely satisfy fans.
- I was blown away by the complexity of the story. This book extends to new levels with all the additional new characters, worlds and so forth. The creativity and imagination in the story are mind blowing. If you are a reader that likes intelligent reading, don't miss this series. I still have no idea why this is marketed as YA in the U.S. This is far beyond YA fare.
- Once again, I was completely blown away by Ms. Taylor's beautiful writing. She has a way with words that is so impressive. I wish I could convey to you how lovely the writing is, but I can't. All I can say is if you are someone who loves gorgeous writing, this is without a doubt one of the most impressively written series I have read to date. The writing is absolutely stunning. Read it for the lovely writing alone, but along with that you will get an intelligent and complex story with intriguing characters.
- The romance kept me on the edge of my seat. I kept waiting for that moment when Karou and Akiva would come together again after all the strife and heartache they have endured. The book is absolutely ripe with sexual tension as I waited and waited for that moment. There are several promising moments when I was holding my breath thinking this would be the scene, only to be thwarted. I loved the way the romance unfolded and I liked that it took its time. Along with the main romance between Karou and Akiva, there is an additional new romance that surprised me and stole my heart. I was in tears during the scene at the river hoping against hope that the soul be recovered.....
- Mik and Zuzana are back and as charming as ever. I was pleased to see that they played an important and pivotal role in the book. You can count on Zuzana to provide much needed comic relief, while Mik is the knight in shining armor ready to perform three huge tasks to win his lady's hand. I love these two.
- For the most part, I was pleased with the way everything wrapped up. There was a lot of darkness before hope shone through, and I liked the way the romances played out. Most of my questions were answered even though they were through unexpected means. Overall, it was an epic read. One I intend to revisit.
- I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator, Khristine Hvam, does an outstanding job with the material, and her job wasn't easy with all the pronunciations and such. I thought her accents and voices were terrific. I would definitely listen to something she narrates again.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I was satisfied overall with the book, I couldn't help but feel like it was lacking a bit of something. I think one of the issues was the book felt like it was almost too ambitious. There are numerous points of views, story lines and new developments. At first, it was hard to keep track of everyone and all the story arcs, especially when I had no clue how they would all tie into the main story. Thankfully, as the store progressed, the story began to weave together and I could see how all the characters and threads fit into the overall picture. However, due to the great scope of the story, not everything finished off and reached a satisfactory conclusion. I think the breadth of the story left too many dangling threads that I would have liked to come to fruition. I desperately wanted more of the fledging relationship that was formed between another angel and chimera. I was also disappointed that many of the souls were not resurrected, especially the one hidden in a thurible left to Karou by Brimstone. I kept waiting and waiting for that one.
- New big unexpected players were suddenly thrown into the mix of the story and it was a bit rattling to have these new characters play such key roles in the finale. It was a bit jarring. I don't know why they weren't introduced earlier.
- While I loved the romance, it drove me crazy as well. There are so many moments when I thought the moment was here only to be disappointed. I wanted a bit more in those final pages.
- I couldn't help but feel like the story wasn't finished. There is another huge conflict in the future and things are by no means at a happily ever after moment. I am hoping that there will be a spinoff down the road because I think there is still so much more story to tell.
- I am still perplexed as to why this series is marketed in the U.S. as YA while it is in the adult genre the rest of the world. By no means is this a YA series. Not because of the subject matter but because of the complexity and the brilliance of the story. This is a series that should be read by everyone.
- While I loved the audiobook, I feel like that this might have been a book that is better to be read if you are easily distracted while listening to books. This is such a detailed and difficult story, it wasn't easy to absorb it all. I will definitely go back and reread this one to glean things I missed.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a brilliant and satisfactory conclusion to one of my all time favorite series. Ms. Taylor's story telling reaches new heights as she delivers a complicated and rich finale. Be prepared for plenty of shocking developments as you go through this one. Nothing is as it seems. I am hoping that this really isn't the end and that Ms. Taylor will treat us to more stories in this world down the line. This is a series that is not to be missed.
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.