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Dreams of Gods and Monsters

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ISBN13: 9780316134071
ISBN10: 0316134074
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Staff Pick

The brutally epic finish to this visceral trilogy shimmers with momentary beauties. Hosts of angels reveal themselves to Earth, as rebel chimaera band together with Misbegotten in a final stand against the war tearing their world apart. All the while, our swoony (but damaged!) protagonists struggle to reconcile their love, lives, and destinies.
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Publisher Comments:

In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known.

When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat — and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves — maybe even toward love.

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.

Review:

"In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal. When a seraphim army with a terrifying message arrives in Rome, fittingly taking up residence at the Vatican, humanity is brought face to face with the chimaera and seraphim universes. Meanwhile, Karou and Akiva, now in control of their respective armies, doggedly pursue their dream of forging an alliance between their enemy races and themselves. The opening scene introduces a new character, a scientist with a secret past; her story builds in satisfyingly intricate pieces to culminate in a pivotal role. The twists and turns of the dense plot deepen the complexity and the danger, leading to a potential apocalypse. Delivering less blood and gore than Days of Blood & Starlight and more yearning — for love, for peace, for a home — than both preceding books, the story is borne along by an increasingly strong undercurrent: the hope of overcoming embedded prejudices and instinctual hatreds to create a more harmonious world. Ages 15 – up. Agent: Jane Putch, Eyebait Licensing & Literary Management. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose." Kirkus

Review:

"New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor's many fans." Booklist

Review:

"For all the well-made trappings of fantasy and horror, the patchwork amalgamation of myth and legend, the machinations of plot, and the colorful menagerie of ensemble characters, this story remains, at heart, a romance-clear-eyed, tender, and satisfying." The Horn Book

Review:

"Though readers will be loath to leave this world behind, the trilogy ends with a sweet buffet of just deserts; the best balm for the bereft may be to start the series again from the beginning." The Bulletin (starred review)

Review:

"The conclusion promises resurrection, renewal, and long-postponed love happily resolved, and that should satisfy even the most meticulous fans." School Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Laini Taylor is the bestselling author of Days of Blood and Starlight, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is www.lainitaylor.com.

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Kacey Cook, August 19, 2014 (view all comments by Kacey Cook)
This is a long overdue review. This entire 3 book serious is incredible. Laini Taylor writes with such style you can't help but fall in love with her worlds and characters. A beautiful series I will never tire from. I beg you to read this book/series and promise you will enjoy it. Action, adventure, friendship, and love - what more could you ask for?
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Skylinebooklover, April 6, 2014 (view all comments by Skylinebooklover)
We just found out we will be out of town when Laini comes to Powell's and we are so sad to miss it! Burning through the series and love it!
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TechieNerd, January 16, 2014 (view all comments by TechieNerd)
Our household can hardly wait for the next book in this series, nor for the third in the Dreamdark series (Can you hear that, publishers??!!). We hope there will be a book signing and author appearance at Powell's when Dreams Of Gods & Monsters is released!
Thanks, Laini Taylor, for the rich web you weave with your storytelling.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316134071
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-General
Author:
Taylor, Laini
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316134071 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

The brutally epic finish to this visceral trilogy shimmers with momentary beauties. Hosts of angels reveal themselves to Earth, as rebel chimaera band together with Misbegotten in a final stand against the war tearing their world apart. All the while, our swoony (but damaged!) protagonists struggle to reconcile their love, lives, and destinies.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal. When a seraphim army with a terrifying message arrives in Rome, fittingly taking up residence at the Vatican, humanity is brought face to face with the chimaera and seraphim universes. Meanwhile, Karou and Akiva, now in control of their respective armies, doggedly pursue their dream of forging an alliance between their enemy races and themselves. The opening scene introduces a new character, a scientist with a secret past; her story builds in satisfyingly intricate pieces to culminate in a pivotal role. The twists and turns of the dense plot deepen the complexity and the danger, leading to a potential apocalypse. Delivering less blood and gore than Days of Blood & Starlight and more yearning — for love, for peace, for a home — than both preceding books, the story is borne along by an increasingly strong undercurrent: the hope of overcoming embedded prejudices and instinctual hatreds to create a more harmonious world. Ages 15 – up. Agent: Jane Putch, Eyebait Licensing & Literary Management. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose."
"Review" by , "New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor's many fans."
"Review" by , "For all the well-made trappings of fantasy and horror, the patchwork amalgamation of myth and legend, the machinations of plot, and the colorful menagerie of ensemble characters, this story remains, at heart, a romance-clear-eyed, tender, and satisfying."
"Review" by , "Though readers will be loath to leave this world behind, the trilogy ends with a sweet buffet of just deserts; the best balm for the bereft may be to start the series again from the beginning."
"Review" by , "The conclusion promises resurrection, renewal, and long-postponed love happily resolved, and that should satisfy even the most meticulous fans."
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