Dreams of Gods & Monsters : Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  • by Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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So Beautiful

I loved this entire series. Laini Taylor is such a talented writer. It's like artistry on paper or ear candy for audible listeners. Her characters are deep with extensive world building - you can't help but get sucked into this fantasy she has created. I crave more and can only hope this is NOT THE END of such a wonderful series. Thank the God Stars, but I really want more!!!
Definitely a 5 star listen!!!!
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- Katheryne "Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller."

not with a bang, but a whimper

Would you try another book from Laini Taylor and/or Khristine Hvam?

I love Khristne Hvam (narrator), even though she mispronounces words that call her degree of education into question. She's a very talented voice actress and I have found some great series of books looking for her work. Laini Taylor created a fantastical world, but the third book didn't live up to the others. Though I loved the first two books in this series (especially the first one), this one was disappointing enough that I doubt I would read more of the author.

What could Laini Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book seemed like a huge mishmash. It was extraordinarily poorly edited. For instance, there was so much soul searching and angst that I felt it undermined the reader's ability to bond more deeply with the characters. It became tedious and annoying. Also, the book really went nowhere, fading away at the end. I understand the need to leave some open ended plot elements for possible coming installments, but this one was a poorly crafted ending. I believe the elements of a fantastic bang of an ending were all there, but they were so overcrowded with superfluous material that they lost all power and merely fizzled.

Was Dreams of Gods & Monsters worth the listening time?

I'm glad that I listened to the end, but I'm left feeling very unsatisfied.

Any additional comments?

A great editor would have made this a masterpiece.

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- Rosemary "Romi"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio