Book: Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
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?-Goodreads
Review: The first 2 books in this series were super fun and I keep recommending them to almost everyone I know. I was fully expecting to love this as well...unfortunately, this book was my least favorite of the series. I feel like a 2.5 star rating is extremely generous (sorry friends, I know all of you loved this one). I enjoyed the Karou/Akiva sections but this book introduced a new main character, Eliza, and for the life of me, I was not interested in her narrative. I also found the entire last section of the novel involving Scarab too rushed-there was enough there for a separate book.
Overall-this was my least favorite of the series but overall, I'm thrilled to find this author and plan to read more of her work. I still enjoyed the series.