Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Here's the thing: I was absolutely crazy for this book prior to its publication. It was one of those books that I knew with certainty that it would be the highlight of my 2014 reading list. I even saw Laini Taylor (twice! In one weekend!) and bought the book and stroked the cover and fantasized about more of Taylor-loveliness. I've been following this series for about three years and have been an unrelenting fan of it since reading the first page of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. To say I had high expectations for this conclusion is an understatement.
As I cracked open the book, everything was perfect, and I was a happy reader. Emphasis on was. The beginning was divine, as were the characters, the worldbuilding, and the prose throughout this book. If I could highlight pages at a time of sublime prose, believe me, I totally would. (But I would never hurt a book like that.) The middle, I think, is where the story began to go downhill, because as complications arose, my attention faltered. My aforementioned contentment? It began to dwindle. It took me 2 whole months to finish this book! 2 MONTHS. Why? Because of the info-dumps. Because of the angst. Because, all in all, I lost interest, even after the plot thickened and seemingly became more intriguing.
There is no doubt, though, that this book succeeds in factors other than plot. We get plenty of Zuzana and Mik, and although I admit Akiva and Karou as a couple began to irritate me after a while, they had their fair share of cute scenes. Character-wise and writing-wise, Dreams of Gods in Monsters delivers, in typical Taylor-style. But for this book to be considered entertaining or particularly emotional? I can't say I agree with that -- not entirely.
Speaking of emotional, the Epilogue was... eh. I'm not wowed by it, nor do I feel an emptiness or a sense of loss after finally completing my favorite series. To sum it up, it was lackluster in the truest sense of the word. And to add more fuel to the fire, I was a bit relieved after finishing that last page. I actually had to force myself to finish this and to stop putting it off, which to me is usually a sign that the book and I aren't getting along very well.
THAT LAST LINE, THOUGH. PROBABLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ENTIRE NOVEL BECAUSE OF CUTENESS.
*regains composure* For me, Days of Blood and Starlight was the shining point in this series, and it only grew dimmer as I read on, I'm afraid.