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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (17 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444722735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444722734
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inga Hillens on 19 April 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Georgiana89 on 27 April 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gobzilla on 22 April 2014
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To misquote Eliza: People with this book in their hands shouldn't make plans. I devoured it like a dark monster. Sad that it is the final book, the characters are so real to me, I fear the inevitable film adaptation cannot do the imagination of Laini justice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poppy Diamond on 26 April 2014
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So I completely fell in love with the first book (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and did not put it down-any chance i got- and i literally mean any, i read it. Finished it and was left on the edge until the second book (Days of Blood and Starlight)-brilliant by the way and then died waiting for the final book -Dreams of Gods and Monsters-it took ages for the UK release date- loved the first two so much that I preordered it three months in advance-and then it arrived. Smelled the book- *I like new book smell*- (you may like petrol or glue or bacon in the morning- but I like books), and opened it and began to read. And I read and read and read. And then I realised half way through that I may have lost some interest in the joy of reading this book; for a purpose to take you to a world that you have created in your mind and where only you can influence the image. This image of the book was, In my opinion slightly rushed. Moving onto Eliza and her story- could have ran it parallel within the first two rather than cramming it in- but I still do love the idea.

Laini Taylor has an imagination that CANT NOT and sadly WILL NOT be captured in the cinematic screen. Her language is too- now lets see, whats the word I'm looking for... sweet? Sweetly written? Its unconventional poetry within the conventional realms of a fantasy book, that adds to the organised jittering story line perfectly. Her language is beyond commendable as it forces you to blindly fall into a world that you could only wish would exist, and once you've entered, you can not turn back.

Which brings me onto the ending. Yes I wanted Akiva and Karou to unite- but maybe there was a more heart wrenching way to do it? not to kill them off but some other way-any other way?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By space-revolver on 25 April 2014
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well worth the wait. My only disappointment is I want more. I have always been accused of wanting to see round corners
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gk on 22 April 2014
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unputdownable, I raced through reading it, and cried, smiled, laughed in all the right places. last in the fantasy trilogy, and I can't believe I only came to these books a few weeks ago. I was definitely transported to a different land.
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By B on 24 July 2014
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Utterly absorbing third instalment of Laini Taylor's brilliant update of a classic 'boy meets girll fantasy. The characters are cool, funny and fresh. You care about their fate as the warfare of their worls unfolds. A potential apocalypse, it's beginning misted in ancient angel mythis with the power to devastate our earthly dimension could be heading our way.
Taylor's a skilful weaver of tales and this never quite goes where you think. Normally I run out of interest in trilogies but this kept me gripped to the very end. If you like Storm Constantine, Chales De Lint & J.V Jones, give this series a go.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy on 20 April 2014
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** spoiler alert ** After years of waiting I have finally gotten my hands on and finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters, book three of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. I was really looking forward to finding out how the battle played out, if any of my theories came to fruition and also bracing myself for the end and letting go of some of my favourite characters and series to date. I have missed Laini's beautiful and captivating writing style and was getting very impatient after the finale didn't come out in the autumn, as we have been accustomed to with the previous books.

Sadly, Dreams of Gods and Monster's didn't fill me with the same excitement or enjoyment as Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Days of Blood and Starlight. With a heavy heart I give it a low 3 star rating compared to the other two's well deserved 4.5 star ratings. It just felt extremely vague, messy, half hearted and rushed for my liking. Too many twists going off in different directions without attention really being paid and spent well, it stretched and prolonged the story and unfortunately it suffered. Characters were picked and dropped without much consideration or explanation, the switching of view points from Eliza to Karou endlessly frustrated me. At one point early on I had to check the cover of the book to make sure I hadn't slipped into a different one entirely that's how confusing and off putting it was. I was invested in Karou and the Chimera I had no interest in being on Earth with Eliza, I was here for the alliance and the battle, I was here for closure and perhaps a happy ending. Towards the end I did grow slightly interested in Eliza but not as much as I should have, which bothered me.
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