• Dreams of Gods and Monsters

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kristin Hvam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It began with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It continued with Days of Blood and Starlight. It ends with Dreams of Gods and Monsters.

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.

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 theatre 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?

©2014 Laini Taylor (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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I still really hope there is more

It was a fantastic trilogy, I can't wait for the movie adaption, but I still hope there is more of the story to come.

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A perfect ending

A perfect ending (or beginning) to a beautiful story.

Loved the narrator.

Only bad thing is that I wished there were three more books ;)

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What a conclusion to an amazing series!

If you could sum up Dreams of Gods and Monsters in three words, what would they be?

Magical, captivating and surprising

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreams of Gods and Monsters?

The ending is beautiful and particular plot twist is so unexpected and such a happy idea, it sticks with you!

What about Kristin Hvam’s performance did you like?

Each moment and character is so well formed, one wants to remain tucked up in her world, it's very hard to leave!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course, the tension of the last two books and the action packed nature of this one keeps one on the edge of one's seat

Any additional comments?

Here is hoping this isn't the last we see of this world, the end came far too soon!

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  • 09-16-17

magical entrancing writing at its best.

it felt i was captured and entranced into minute by minute recall of the telling of our universe and the history of the ancients... I was caught up totally in this magical incredibly epic written journey and the narrator a perfect choice for telling this what felt like our cosmic story. The kind of book I want to digest for a while before attempting to find another and to not compare because there's a potential for next book to disappoint.. I take my hat of to being able to write so well. I have problems just trying to write this sentence😵 Bless all good writers your gift is immense.💜✨

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  • 08-29-17

Breathtaking

My most favorite book series in the world. Beautifully written, wonderful world building and characters that I hold in my heart forever. I am not normally a fan of American narrators for fantasy books but her performance and range of voices is outstanding. I thoroughly recommend this series you will not regret it.

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  • T.R.S. Hodgkinson
  • 11-16-16

Utterly Gripping

I found the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a couple of months ago but only started to listen a couple of weeks ago. Once I had, I couldn't stop. Bought the other two books and listened at every opportunity. Fabulous story of love and war and many other things I can't consciously put my finger on. Lots of depth and wonderful characters and Hope.

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  • Beccameriel
  • 06-23-14

Satisfying conclusion

It's actually quite a relief to find a trilogy that manages to stick to only 3 books and actually wrap up the story whilst leaving plenty of room for more visits to that world(s).

I'll try not to be spoilery but I was satisfied with the outcome. To be honest, I found the Akiva/Karou love story the least interesting bit. My favourite characters are definitely Mik and Zuze as they respond in the way I consider entirely appropriate to the discovery of other worlds and magic - largely by being sarcastic and never just accepting each new revelation as normal. There are some enjoyable discussions about the logic and limits of wishing that were great. I, for one, am happy that long descriptive battle scenes are avoided as they never work for me.

Kristin Hvam is excellent. I liked her Tiago and Razgut voices particuarly - I guess baddies are more fun. Some of the writing is quite lyrical and poetic which she manages very well. She can't really do a Belgian accent but that's expecting a bit too much specialisation from any reader.


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  • Marie
  • 05-20-14

Well done, Laini!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a very fitting conclusion to the trilogy. I was afraid that the ending might disappoint me a bit, but it really didn't. I am very happy with the final chapter of this adventure.

The only reason I didn't give it a five star is because it didn't need to be that long. I wouldn't say it's dragged because she writes so beautifully, but compared to the previous books I needed some extra time finishing it. And just to comment the performance: Hvam's narration is outstanding as always.

This is absolutely a great book (especially as audiobook), and I'm sure all who liked the first two books will love the ending as much as I do!

ENJOY!

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  • Sophia Maria Nicolopoulos
  • 02-27-22

Can't believe still that the 1st one was the best

Not sure why I persisted listening to this series. The first book was very intriguing abd as always Taylor's prose is stellar. But she waffles A LOT and repeats herself A LOT and I just wanted to justify the credits I spent for this one.
A forgettable series, only the 1st book is worthy of your attention.

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  • Jamie81
  • 02-07-22

Disappointing

Loved the first book and inhaled it within days during the 1st lockdown. 2nd one not so much and it took me a lot longer. Wanted to finish the story (although this could have been done after the first book) and thought the quickest and easiest way would be via audiobook.

From the onset I just didn’t like the reader. No fault of hers, just not to my preference although a few mispronunciations irked me.

Story was too long winded although nothing really happens and I’m not 100% sure what did happen in the end as I got lost in the vast amount of characters and what was happening. Ending just felt really underwhelming.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-22

decent, but too long

it was good, but at times felt too drawn out, side stories and character did not get as much times as i would have liked

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  • bellyboarder
  • 10-21-21

Exciting story, read the whole Trilogy

This is such an exciting story, all three books are easy to listen too and we’ll read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-21

An absolute gem of a book series

Love it! One of my absolute favorites! Filled with fantasy, thrills, romance and unique ideas.

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  • L. Lucas
  • 10-16-21

Excellent story and narration

Great trilogy.
Loved the story line and characters.

The narrator was one of the best I have listened to. She is an excellent story teller.

Definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-21

Lovely end but more words than needed

I loved the book but as with lots of fantasy series the last book could of done with a third of words

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  • Isabelle
  • 05-04-21

A good ending!

I enjoyed this last book more than book 2. The world building and character building in the series was really well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-19

Book 2 was as good as 1

I thoroughly enjoyed this Second book again the way this book has been written, giving enough information for your own imagination to take flight without saying too much, dignity. And the narrator was clear and her voice was enjoyable, playful and took on the characters very well. Thoroughly enjoyed , could not put down and again 100% grateful to have got to now it

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  • Dina de Lestrange
  • 01-31-19

Will there be another trilogy??

What a trilogy- and I mean that in a good way! I want more!

I love the quirky and charming characters and playful dialogues. Perhaps some characters were somewhat one dimensional and expect some cheesy moments but, the narrative, and key characters make up for those moments.

Couldn’t get enough. I hope there’s more.

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  • Gemma
  • 12-17-18

Addictive installment

Another great chapter in this compelling story. Easy to listen to, enjoyable, superbly narrated, From a 30- something year old woman...

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  • Emily Faul
  • 08-15-18

So. Damn. Beautiful.

When I first read this book (in book form) I was amazing by the brilliant prose. Hearing it aloud brings forth a new level of beauty. Laini Taylor is an artist.

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  • Linda
  • 05-03-18

perfect

everything about this series makes a perfect fantasy and I am in love with it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-18

love will conquer

intense, emotional, heart warming & love inspiring. the story captures you & pulls you into its fantastical world.

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  • Hema
  • 03-13-18

Great storyline

Great storyline but in places overly descriptive and wordy. Perhaps I'm impatient but I found this to be a tad bit annoying and several times fast forwarded the audio book... Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy.