Series: Duaghter of Smoke & Bone #3
Published by Hachette Audio on April 8, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Source: Owned Audible Book
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 love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I am going to do such a crap job of explaining how much I loved this book.
This series. Just wow. I am so impressed with Laini Taylor and her world building, her flawless prose, her characters and story telling magic. It’s bittersweet, because this was the end of the story. I was braced for a lot of tragedy (thanks to George R.R. Martin I can no longer trust other authors not to kill all I love), and there is tragedy here, but hope also fills these pages, or in my case, audiobook. It ended just where it should, not at the end, or at the beginning, but in the middle.
There are some books that just make your body hum- it’s like some inner part of you recognizes the words and characters from some other life. Stories you just know deep in your heart. Books that you will revisit time and time again. I love all the books in this series, but I’m happy to say that this last one is my favorite- and I don’t know if the last book in any series ever before has been my favorite.
I know I haven’t done any kind of summary of the book, but for me this series has been about what it’s made me feel. I’m a bit lost now that the series is over. I’ll never think about the word “hope” without thinking of Karou and Akiva defining that word by their love. That’s kind of magical.
Khristine Hvam is my favorite audiobook narrator, and it was this series that led to me discovering her. I would have loved these books anyway, but Hvam’s performance of Taylor’s story has been breathtaking to hear. Will I listen to other books narrated by Khristine Hvam? Just try to stop me! 😉