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In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known.

When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe ...

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series #3)

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Overview

In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known.

When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"What are we fighting for? What are we killing for? What do you see when you look into the future?" In this thundering conclusion to Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, stark questions are asked and resolved with finality. The intensity of the relationship between Karou and Akiva, and her memories of his own violent acts set the stage for an unforgettable finale. (P.S. This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition contains a custom color art print of Karou signed by the author herself!)

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/24/2014
In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal. When a seraphim army with a terrifying message arrives in Rome, fittingly taking up residence at the Vatican, humanity is brought face to face with the chimaera and seraphim universes. Meanwhile, Karou and Akiva, now in control of their respective armies, doggedly pursue their dream of forging an alliance between their enemy races and themselves. The opening scene introduces a new character, a scientist with a secret past; her story builds in satisfyingly intricate pieces to culminate in a pivotal role. The twists and turns of the dense plot deepen the complexity and the danger, leading to a potential apocalypse. Delivering less blood and gore than Days of Blood & Starlight and more yearning—for love, for peace, for a home—than both preceding books, the story is borne along by an increasingly strong undercurrent: the hope of overcoming embedded prejudices and instinctual hatreds to create a more harmonious world. Ages 15–up. Agent: Jane Putch, Eyebait Licensing & Literary Management. (Apr.)
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New York Times Bestseller Series List

*In the final book of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Taylor revives the strong interweaving of reality and fantasy that gave the first story such cross-genre appeal."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose."—Kirkus

"New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor's many fans."—Booklist

"For all the well-made trappings of fantasy and horror, the patchwork amalgamation of myth and legend, the machinations of plot, and the colorful menagerie of ensemble characters, this story remains, at heart, a romance-clear-eyed, tender, and satisfying."—The Horn Book

*"Though readers will be loath to leave this world behind, the trilogy ends with a sweet buffet of just deserts; the best balm for the bereft may be to start the series again from the beginning."—The Bulletin (starred review)

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"[An] ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose."—Kirkus

"New revelations, characters, multiple love stories, and constant plot twists and suspense will not disappoint Taylor's many fans. "—Booklist

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Eliza Jones, a research fellow at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, wakes from a recurring nightmare to the discovery that angels have appeared in the sky above Uzbekistan. Unbeknownst to Eliza, she is the linchpin upon which the salvation of worlds depends. The battle is well and truly on in this finale to the "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" trilogy (Little, Brown). Star-crossed lovers Karou and Akiva have fleeting moments together as their worlds threaten to implode in a power struggle hemmed by uneasy alliances and surprise players. Jael, the psychopathic emperor, has made good on his threat to invade the human world, and human authorities, ecclesiastical and political, struggle to make sense of the shining angels negotiating for human weapons of mass destruction. With the soul of Karou's friend Siri sealed into the body of chimaera leader Thiago, the slim possibility of alliance and survival exists. Revelations and betrayals, multitudinous characters and fulfilled prophecies speed past in a blur of action and intensity. The introduction of Eliza this late in the game is convenient but useful, since she provides the knowledge that gives victory to the rebellion. Characterizations serve the plot and do not achieve any notable depth, but the momentum is more than enough to keep the pages turning. The obstacles between Karou and Akiva multiply exponentially and finally dissipate. The conclusion promises resurrection, renewal, and long-postponed love happily resolved, and that should satisfy even the most meticulous fans.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
Destiny and love commingle despite, it sometimes seems, the author's best efforts to prevent them in this culmination to the 1,000-year war between angelic beasts and bestial angels. Taylor takes up the tale where it left off in Days of Blood and Starlight (2012). Mad, scarred angel Jael leads a shining, 1,000-strong Dominion to this world in search of the human weapons that will at last exterminate the despised chimaera. Meanwhile, back on parallel Eretz, blue-tressed Karou and winged Akiva concoct a desperate scheme to unite the remnants of the chimaera army with the Misbegotten—rebel seraphim. The teeming welter of betrayals, anguished sacrifices, abrupt reversals and revelations entails gut-wrenching choices ("Uncomplicated," remarks Karou at one pass. "What's that like?"). Despite this, not only does a fragile peace seem possible—albeit expedited by a previously clandestine third power bearing news of a much older, larger conflict—but the author metes out just deserts to the despicable characters while consummating the central romantic relationship (and several secondary ones) in discreet but fully satisfactory ways. Furthermore, the author's gift for poetically intense language is on display everywhere, from chapter titles ("The Abyss's Mad Gawk") to general description: "Her heartbeat felt like cannon fire—doomful and deep and reverberating through her entire body," etc. Delicious. Despite being speeded to resolution, an ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose. (Fantasy. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316134071
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series , #3
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 719
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of Days of Blood & Starlight, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, the Dreamdark books Blackbringer and Silksinger, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, illustrator Jim Di Bartolo, and their daughter, Clementine. Her website is www.lainitaylor.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Enchanting and absorbing!

    Best series I have read in years! As an English teacher, I often read YA to recommend to my students. This is so well written I fell in love with it myself. It combines lyrical, gorgeous writing with intricate plotting and superb world building. Just read it yourself and you will love it, too!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

    So Very Satisfying

    I love love love this trilogy. For a long time I never opened this 3rd book after purchasing it because I was afraid to be disappointed. That was silly of me. I couldn't put it down. I love the prose and lyric quality. I loved how everything seemed to be resolved while at the same time leaving so much rich material that will make this story live on in my mind. The author can easily write more on this universe. Or she can leave it as is and I will still be satisfied.

    Though I will remain hopeful! I will keep an eye out for anything else from Laini Taylor, that's for sure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Each book in this series is better the next! WIth that said, I

    Each book in this series is better the next! WIth that said, I loved book 1, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. A breath-catching journey of love, betrayal and a remarkable coming of age. Book 2, Days of Blood and Starlight took me on a entirely new journey -- page turning and nail biting! But this one WOW! Didn't see it coming!
    I want to meet these characters...see this world! (I never say that, so "Thank you" for this GREAT series)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. It is such a great read and the story

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. It is such a great read and the story is so imaginative! It's like nothing you've read before and I just love this series. Would definitely recommend the series to anyone, so yes read it! This final book was incredible, just as the first two were and I just loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Amazing

    Read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Must read

    Great book

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    Loved it! Great end to a great series.

    Loved it! Great end to a great series.

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    The epic conclusion of this wonderful series!

    Fans of Laini Taylor and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series are gonna love this final installment of the trilogy series. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a good fun read for the summer that will leave you feeling good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Amazing

    Amazing! I loved this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Great conclusion to the series! Loved all 3!

    Great conclusion to the series! Loved all 3!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    An amazing conclusion to a fantastic series. Taylor's gift with

    An amazing conclusion to a fantastic series. Taylor's gift with words and imagery bring this world and these characters to such vivid life. The story progresses at such an exhilarating pace--there is rarely a good place to put the book down (say, when I have to go make dinner ha!)! This is such a well-told story of love, pain, hope, and forgiveness. The characters are rich, and even when there is a seemingly 180 change to their behavior/beliefs, Taylor writes in such a way as to be completely believable and natural. Even though this is YA, the story is so rich and never resorts to giddiness or melodrama. Definitely my all-time favorite series--the kind that saddens you when it is finished, and sticks with you long after you put the book down. I have already re-read the series a couple times (I have probably re-read Smoke and Bone a dozen times), and will continue to do so! I hope Lainie Taylor writes books for the rest of her life (and mine)!

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    Amazing. 

    Amazing. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Sweet!

    Wonderfully imaginative! A true love story! So sweet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Best book ever

    It is not everyday that one comes across such amazing work. I am so in love with this series. I want blue hair. I have wanted blue hair with each of the 3 books and I’m not sure what it is about Laini Taylor and her whimsical, complete and enchanting writing but it just gets better. I feel so insanely lucky that just two weeks ago I got to (finally) meet her in person.

    “A Butterfly in a Bottle” was my favorite chapter.
    Ziri was adorable and Liraz became a favorite in this book.

    Seriously, the sentence following this one, “Ziri could, of course, not understand what they said, but the note of victory was plain, as was the pure, delirious joy.” Not going to put the sentence because it will spoil it for anyone who reads this! But it is on page 548.

    Other favorite line: “Oh my god! All the mountains look the same!”
    I couldn’t have pictured this more clearly and I loved it.

    Overall I need a new word for favorite.
    So... even though Ziri, Liraz, Mik, and Zuzana made up my favorite scenes, it really can not compare to the full love of the completeness of this book (Karou and Akiva are so adorable)! I’m sad that it is over, but right now I’m all crazily in the world created by Laini Taylor and I just want it to last and last and last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    A perfect ending to a magical series. So sad that it ended!

    A perfect ending to a magical series. So sad that it ended!

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Another great book in this series

    I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    +5

    Loved this series.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    So very good!!!!!

    So very good!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Very good, a fitting end, and the lead into a new book or series

    Very good, a fitting end, and the lead into a new book or series makes me excited and happy!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

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