Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Review by Lauren
Source: Library copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera's rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.
When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited--not in love, but in tentative alliance against their common enemy. 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.
But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?
Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the final book in Laini Taylor’s fantastical trilogy. When it comes to series, people tend to feel a bit in-between on endings. There were definitely things that I thought worked well, and others that felt a bit too good to be true.
Let’s start with the latter – for a book that seems to lead up to a fierce battle, things end a bit too quickly for me and without that many casualties. I know, you’re probably thinking “you want your favorite characters to die?” and the answer is yes and no. Do I want it? No, of course not. But I think it’s realistic in books like these. There is a war going on and not everyone will make it, but it just seemed too easy for many of them. I won’t go on because I don’t want to ruin the ending. Now, back to the things that worked well. I love the history that Taylor reveals in this novel. There is a lot going on that neither Karou nor Akiva were aware of, and it’s fascinating to learn more and see how this affects their chances of a happy end, for them and everyone else. I also really appreciated that not everything was fixed in the end. War leaves aftereffects; things aren’t perfect even if you win. This is clearly shown in Dreams of Gods and Monsters. For the survivors, there is much still to do.
At the same time, because there is more to do in this world, I wish we as readers had more to read. This is true in one particular instance, because I feel like it warrants its own story. Again, I’ll stop there so you aren’t spoiled too much. While I wish I could see into the future of this world, I am happy to have reached the end of this trilogy and honestly able to say that I truly loved it. It’s not always perfect, but it’s imaginative, well-written, and full of amazing characters, so definitely well worth reading.