Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.
When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited – not in love, but in a tentative alliance against their common enemy. 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 with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?
“Once upon a time,an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts and started the apocalypse.”
This book made me SO DISAPPOINTED. Because I really, really, REALLY wanted to love it!! I LOVED the first book. I really really liked the second book. It seems like everyone in the world loves this book. But I just…didn’t.
So I feel kind of bad writing this review because I’m pretty sure I never actually got around to writing reviews for the first and second books. So it might kind of seem like I just really dislike this trilogy. But that’s NOT TRUE! I gave the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, 5 stars!! Five!! Not even 4.5, but a solid, golden five!! This book though…I’m gonna have to say 2.5.
The thing is, that I started to feel like this book was really NOTHING like the first book. I loved the first book because it was this cool story about a girl with blue hair who lives with a cryptic, wish granting, tooth collecting monster. She’s an art student studying in Prague, but she goes through secret doorways to other parts of the world, learns martial arts, has been shot, and still hangs out with her friend in the cafe after school. It was this cool sort of urban fantasy mysterious paranormal thing.
This book though…it was so dry. It was just this really weird, really boring sort of war story. I suppose that’d be fine if that’s what you’re looking for–if you really enjoy reading war stories–but it’s not what I was looking for. I was looking for the kookiness of the first one.
I almost DNFed this book MANY times. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t DNF it was because I loved (and I do mean LOVED) the first book so much that I felt I owed it to Karou, I wanted to see her happy in the end. But I was: SO. BORED. The fluffy purple prose really didn’t help either. Especially since this book was like 600 pages! I read the first book in one day, like two sittings. I read the longest 800+ page Harry Potter book in two days. This one was so boring it took me more than a week. And there were some points where I honestly set down the book in the middle of the chapter to go wander off and check Facebook or something. I NEVER stop in the middle of a chapter–I usually can’t even stop in the middle of a book because I HAVE to know what’s happening. The only thing I wanted to know in this book was…when does it end?
There are also a bunch of chapters by some random side characters, and I really couldn’t care less about them. Taylor introduces a new character, Eliza, and she gets a substantial part of the book–probably one or two hundred pages I’d guess just about her, and I was just like…why. Why does this 600 page book need 100 pages of this new character. I literally couldn’t even remember what was happening to the original characters, much less keep track of a new storyline.
To be honest, I was kind of sick of the romance too. In the first book, it’s pretty much instalove, but somehow Taylor makes it so beautiful and wondrous, the forbidden love of an angel and a devil, that I loved it anyways. Here, I was just tired of them. And to be honest, I did NOT forgive Akiva for what he did to Brimstone and didn’t think that Karou should either… So yeah, even the romance was annoying.
I’m also not entirely sure what happened in the book because I was lowkey skim reading large parts of it. I mean, if I hadn’t skim read, it would have taken me EVEN LONGER than a week lol. And by the end I was just sick of it and ready to be done.
The world building, I have to admit, was still amazing (although I was bored and therefore a little confused on parts of it lol). I really did like how Earth and Eretz interacted, how the two world collided. And I loved Mik and Zuzana so much too! My favorite parts of this book, EASILY!! (which is kind of sad because I liked Karou WAY more in DOSAB).
End verdict: very, very underwhelming. An AMAZING series start to a flat conclusion. And now I have Taylor’s other book, Strange the Dreamer, checked out from the library but I might just return it without reading because I’m kind of fed up with her writing at this point.