Review of Dreams of Gods & Monsters

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 fallen in love with Karou, Zuzana and Mik. They have to be some of my favorite book characters ever. I was so excited to get my hands on the final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, Dreams of Gods and Monsters. When I went to pick it up at the library I almost fell over. The book is huge! It is like Harry Potter huge with smaller text! Uff-da!

  • I never really liked Karou and Akiva in the first two books, but this one I could really finally see them being together.
  • The changes to the story were interesting, I liked how Eliza was added to the story. It was a good way to see the human and other reality perspective.
  • I was happy with the way the series ended. I wasn’t really why the whole Akiva situation needed to happen, but it worked out fine. I almost wonder if it gave her an edge to write a spin-off series or something.
  • It was need seeing Brimestone’s hopes come to life in this book. I really wish there was more Brimstone, but at least his legacy shines through Karou and Issa.

  • I listened to the first two books and I really felt like I connected with the book a lot better with the audio version. Sometimes with the written version I felt like it was so jumpy. It sometimes felt like Laini was speaking with a train of conciseness, so I think I related better to that having someone read it to me rather than reading the book. I almost wish I would have done the audio version instead.
  • There was not enough Zuzana and Mik! I was so sad that Zuzana really took a back seat and this book really was lacking the original spunk and wit that I loved in the first two books in the series.


  1. OH YES. I need more Brimstone in my life. I'm waiting on a spin-off as well. And you're right- although, I read all the three books, sometimes I think it would make it all the more fascinating to hear it. Zuzana and Mik were sufficient for me, but I get it- you can never have enough of them two.

    ALSO holy mother of pairings, what did you think of those two- the angel besides Akiva and the chimaera besides Karou? *waggles eyebrows*

  2. I LOVE ZUZZANA AND MIK OMG. I just love this whole series though. But I was confused at the end too with the Akiva situation. But it worked out kind of I guess so... I'm happy.

  3. The covers of these books have always intrigued me. Glad to read a review of them, too - thanks for sharing, Missie!

  4. I have never read a book this series. Sounds like I'm missing out!
    Love your review. I will put this series on my to-read list ;)

  5. ah this series... I heard so many great things about it! I don't know why haven't tried it yet but I really need to!

  6. I'm really interested in starting this series. I can't wait, well actually I have to lol. Cool reveiw!


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