Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

As usual after summer, I’m behind. August and September have been just as hectic as it was during SRC. I had to work several open houses at area schools until 8 and 9pm at least once a week, sometimes twice. It was tiring, and I just haven’t had the energy on Mondays to get to things here, or have had too much running around to do. So, my apologies.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the final installment in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Karou and company have met up with Akiva and Liraz and the rest of the Misbegotten in a tentative alliance. If they wish to defeat the new Emperor and prevent their world from being destroyed they must learn to work together. But that’s easier said than done. Old wounds can take a long time to heal and just might break the already fragile alliance, not to mention bring to light Karou’s deception and “hijacking” of the Rebellion.

What’s more, not long after the Emperor comes to Earth, the bodies at the Kasbah are found. The potential political and religious fallout of this complicating matters for Karou and Akiva if they are to pull off their plan undetected before it’s too late.

And a young Grad student is realizing that her crazy family prophecy might not be so crazy after all. Ranger isn’t the only Fallen too come to Earth.

As a conclusion to the story, I think it was perfect. All the threads were carried through. We had the introduction of new characters, but it didn’t take away from the story that was already established as their introduction answered questions brought up previously. The antagonists got their comeuppance, and the mains (eventually) got happy endings. There was the proper amount of suspense over certain characters deaths/fates, and weather or not it would all work out in the end or not.

Finally, I was glad to see Liraz get a budding romance. It was a nice touch that really helped to soften her battle hardened exterior and show that she was more than the emotionless soldier she was raised to be. Characters the evolve over the course of the story are always a good thing.

I really couldn’t find a bad part. I have to give this one Four Lightsabers.

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