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Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy: Book Three
 
 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy: Book Three [Kindle Edition]

Laini Taylor
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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Praise for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy: (-)

I like to spread the word when I come across a book that excites me. I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor last weekend (sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and I'm all fired up about it. Thank you, Ms. Taylor, for a thrilling couple of days. I am in your debt. (Warning readers: this is one of those series that will have you tearing at your hair and gnashing your teeth waiting for the next installment. Be prepared.) (Stephenie Meyer)

This is Romeo and Juliet on a sprawling fantasy stage. (Guardian)

Heartbreak, war and magic spells abound in this captivating romance . . . There's slaying aplenty, but Taylor mitigates the violence with an unquenchable belief in the restorative powers of love and hope - and magic (Marie Claire)

Fantasy and romance combine. . . If you've ever wondered what would happen if an angel and a devil fell in love, you're about to find out. (Sunday Express)

Transports the reader to the very centre of the action; you soon forget it's a fight between ethereal being and beast; you forget that this is fantasy (We Love This Book)

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The book that everyone has been waiting for . . . the much anticipated final novel in Laini Taylor's breathtakingly imaginative Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS

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Laini Taylor is an award-winning writer. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter Clementine Pie.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daughter of Smoke and Bone book 3 25 July 2014
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
3.5 stars

I absolutely adore Laini Taylor's writing style and I have devoured loved all of the books in this series like they were made of the most delicious, decadent chocolate. So it'll come as no surprise when I say that I had high expectations for the final book in the trilogy, in fact my expectations were so high that I was almost scared to start reading Dreams of Gods and Monsters because I was worried that there was no way it would be able to live up to them. I can't even begin to tell you how much it pains me to say this but unfortunately my fears did kind of come true.

I don't want to say that this was a horrible novel because it really, really wasn't BUT it didn't quite manage to reach the highs of the earlier books. It still has Laini Taylor's beautiful, descriptive writing and it still has the characters we've come to know and love so much but I did find the story dragged in places and there were actually times when I wanted to put the book down and walk away which is unheard of for me with this series. I was torn between giving this book a 3 and 4 star rating but the parts I loved I REALLY loved so I've been generous and gone with the higher number.

I have been rooting for Karou & Akiva since the very beginning but I was nervous that there was no way they would be able to find their way back to each other after everything they had both seen and done. There has been betrayal and hurt on both sides and it isn't going to be easy for either of them to get past that. Not to mention the fact that they're both on opposite sides of a war that has been raging for centuries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, and a prose both real and like chocolate. 19 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The best book yet, and a wonderful conclusion. Heck, I even cried a little (without spoiling anything: Liraz and Karou and a canteen). Alive with snappy retorts, humour, feeling and an unexpected wisdom that sometimes just hits you over the head. Go read it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So, so dissapointing 20 Aug 2014
By Alexa
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love the first two books in this series and devoured them in a week. Therefore I was so excited to get my hands on this final installment. It started off slowly and I had hopes that this would quickly pick up...but it never did. New characters were introduced who, frankly, I didn't care about. So many chapters were devoted to the new character, Eliza, and I felt no connection to her at all. I honestly didn't care what she was doing back on earth as I wanted to know what was happening in Eretz. Every chapter that focused on her I just wanted to rush through and felt like a deviation to the proper story. I also felt her character development was jumpy and that it didn't make much sense and that she was only added in to be an 'information dump'.

I also felt that the relationship between Karou and Akiva was starting to get a bit tiring. There's only so many times you can read a 'should I, shouldn't I' internal dialogue before it gets repetitive and tedious. Their relationship doesn't seem to development much at all through this book and I didn't get the excitement from these two that I did in the last two books.

I found the conclusion of the story unfulfilling. I felt many characters didn't get their comeuppance and made me feel that these loose ends weren't tied off. Not much seems to happen through the course of the story and, unlike the other two novels, I really had to force myself to carry on reading. It took me about 2 weeks to get trough this book and on a number of occasions I was tempted to give up completely.

Rarely have I been so disappointing in the conclusion of a trilogy. I had initially felt that this trilogy would become one of my favorites but now I feel that it will just be relegated to just another series I read and will quickly forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to a great series 27 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hugely enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy. If you're reading this review, I bet you did too, and I bet nothing I could say could put you off buying it. I absolutely couldn't wait to read it, and on the whole, this final book doesn't disappoint.

All the old characters make a return, along with some interesting new ones, and both the war-focussed and the romantic plotlines are satisfyingly resolved. This is an extremely long book (I read it on my kindle, but the hardcopy must be around 600 pages), but between the intriguing plot, engaging characters, and strong writing style, it never dragged - though I found it to be slightly less of a page-turner than the previous instalment.

This series has always trod a strange line between YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy, and the sort of full-blown high fantasy that George R Martin would be proud of.For me, the first book fell more into the former category, especially towards the end, while the second book prioritised war and history over forbidden love. This instalment falls somewhere in-between, combining scenes of relatively normal life on earth with full-scale battles in another world.

I enjoy both of those genres, but I prefer this series when it focusses on the latter, and gives the reader strange creatures and conspiracies in other worlds rather than concentrating on the romance between an angel and a (more or less) human girl. For some reason, the relationship between Karou and Akiva doesn't do much for me. He doesn't capture my imagination, and they never seem to have much chemistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this series. Characters really strong look forward to reading more from this author
Published 3 days ago by Carol Limer
2.0 out of 5 stars Overkill
The first two books of this series were great. This one not so much. Mainly because our two main characters (Karou and Akiva) have been completely diluted. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I was recommended this trilogy by a friend and I have to say that on the whole I greatly enjoyed it. Especially this book and the first in the trilogy. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Angela Louise Riden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the books in this trilogy and found the story quite magical.
Published 6 days ago by CEF
5.0 out of 5 stars Read read read
Such an amazing series of books can't stop reading them
We'll worth a read!
Published 13 days ago by Katy Crawte
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up to the first two books
A great follow up to the first two books. If you enjoyed the first two, you won't be disappointed. If you are new to the trilogy, read them in order as in this case it makes a... Read more
Published 14 days ago by 1234JMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read.
Awesome book
Published 15 days ago by rebecca westerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved these books sorry the trilogy has finished, Waiting in antisipation as to what comes next.
Published 20 days ago by Maria 55
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome! Why is it only a trilogy :(
Published 22 days ago by J C Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 days ago by BOBBIE
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