Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor


~~Spoiler Alert~~ If you haven’t read the first two books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, this review may contain spoilers. If you would like to remain spoiler-free for yourself, you can check out my review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Days of Blood and Starlight (depending on where you are in the series or what you would like to do) 🙂

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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?


I have a tendency to try to marathon trilogies and/or series and burn out half-way through. This was not the case with Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. Where the first book in this trilogy was a fantastical original fairytale, and the second book was a brutal and heart wrenching (yet very good) continuation to the series, I feel that Dreams of Gods and Monsters was the perfect blend of the first two books. We had the fantastical worlds and stunning imagery and writing, yet there was quite a bit of brutality and suspense.

I love the growth that the characters in this series have made over the course of the trilogy. Karou has come to know and understand herself and her place in the universes that she belongs in, Liraz becomes a hell of a lot more likeable (I think her transformation is the biggest one in the series), and Ziri, oh I love Ziri. I love Karou, but I think that he is my favorite character in this whole series. We are also introduced to an awesome and fascinating new main character Eliza, who I adored. I would love to see more of her story. Laini Taylor has succeeded in keeping my interest and making me so emotionally invested in these characters that I was heartbroken and happy and scared right along with them. My poor boyfriend sat next to me one night as I screamed “No!!!!” at one heartbreaking moment and another night where I kept saying “yay!” over and over again. These characters will not be leaving my mind anytime soon, that’s for sure.

While I found that Dreams of Gods and Monsters had it’s slow-ish points, most of the book kept me on the edge of my seat and reading for hours on end. It begins in a rather nerve-wracking way that really makes you nervous that the shit is going to hit the fan, and it does quite a few times.  However Laini Taylor has written a wonderful conclusion to an equally amazing trilogy.
Because Laini Taylor is amazing— here is a video of her talking about The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, especially Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

4 thoughts on “Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

  1. dianatierney3 says:

    I am so glad you liked it. And I am assuming you are happy with Ziri’s happy ending? A good friend started reading the series and I am vicariously reading through her because I get daily texts about where she is in the story like “I wish the poison kitchen was a real place”

      • dianatierney3 says:

        Lol after your last review I so wanted to say hang in there with Ziri but I didn’t want to spoil it. I think I am going to have to go back and re read at least the 3rd book. I read them so fast because I was all about what’s going to happen next

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