Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

DreamsofGodsSeries: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3
Published by: Hachette Australia
ISBN: 1444722727
ISBN 13:  9781444722727
Published: April 2014
Pages: 528
Format reviewed: eVersion from NetGalley
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Five out of Five
Lists: Favourites and Recommended
Related Reviews: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters’ by Laini Taylor is the third and last instalment of her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, one that I initially received to review and wasn’t all that interested in… until I read the first page and was hooked on from then. Laini Taylor is now one of my favourite authors, mainly because her writing is almost so good it’s hard to settle and enjoy. It makes you wriggle with excitement and happiness. It makes you want to punch love in the face. I’m not a fan of the usual internet sayings but saying ‘all the feels’ is most apt for Laini’s work, it truly is.

Firstly, I highly recommend you re-read the first two books before diving into this one as the series has quite a large cast of not-often-names characters who will become important in this one. It’s also necessary to note the ebb and flow of emotions which make this series.

A sequel to a favourite series is always a hard thing to read – more so to write, I expect. You always wonder whether it will do the series justice or if your own mind will work against you and has since hyped the book up in your mind that no matter what is written, or how it is written, it simply won’t be able to feel satisfying.

Thankfully, Dreams of Gods and Monsters has nothing to worry about in that regard. Despite being eagerly anticipated it managed to exceed expectations. I squealed/squeaked at work when I received notification the book was ready to be read. I sneakily got it onto my kindle – still at work. I even peeked at it (and that’s when I decided I would indeed need to re-read the series.)

I devoured the re-read of the first two and then this one in four days and throughout it was simply a joy. I thank Hachette tenfold for sending me the first without request which first introduced me to this series early. Laini Taylor’s writing is simply suburb and this book only seems to take that next step forward in her writing ability.

The plot is hard to describe without mentioning spoilers for this or previous books, but it certainly does wrap all plot threads and story arcs – and even each character’s thoughts – neatly and succinctly. The characters develop throughout and yet there’s still time for the wit and razor we enjoy. We see yet more settings throughout the world, and new characters are added which you do manage to feel invested in quickly. Laini has a talent for introducing a character and their traits seamlessly, so they barely have to say anything and you already know whether you loathe or love them.

It’s a hard thing to set a Big World Event in our actual world when there are otherworldly creatures involved. It’s easy to pick out how the world would react and find it unbelievable. This is handled within the novel without fault, even though religion certainly plays a part in it.

Most importantly, this novel is an incredibly satisfying end to an excellent series. It feels odd to say it, but I feel sated with this one. I wouldn’t try to talk Laini out of writing more in this series if she chose to, of course, more would be beyond excellent! But this is one series where I do feel completely and utterly satisfied. We know what happens for them all in regards to plot. We are happy with the worlds involved. We are happy with how the characters are left by the end of the novel.

Thank you Laini Taylor for a superb series. And thank you Hachette Australia and NetGalley for this review copy.

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