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 am so angry. I really wanted to hate this book but I just couldn’t. Sure the first half was hella dull but it was unputdownable (is that a word? It is now) The ending was beautiful and don’t tell anyone but I cried a little bit. But after that first half the writing was absorbing and gorgeous. It was as if someone else was writing it or the editor had changed. If that was the case then why didn’t it happen earlier in the book/series?
The second half just became more of what the first book had been and sure there were a few really frustrating bits (I’m looking at you Esther Vloet von Doom or whatever your name was) but that was okay because they were so much less frustrating than the previous book so they were really only mildly irritating. I really wanna know what happened with Jael. Like what became of him? Was he still alive at the end of the book? Or had Liraz finally had the redemption she wanted? I really hope she did.
I think there are a few reasons as to why this book improved and it wasn’t just the writing. There were a few characters that once they were taken out of play so to speak it just became better to read because they weren’t there in the background to irritate me for which I am grateful. I mean when the Wolf died I practically threw a party (and then when he died the second time I maaay have cried a little because Ziri). I hated him so much, especially after what had happened in the last book. God I still feel ill thinking about it.
This book created a mess of conflict in me and I don’t know what to do about that. On the one hand I hated the first half of the book and just wanted it to be over as soon as possible. But the second half of the book was really beautiful and I wanted to draw it out for as long as possible. Do you see my problem?
This book started as a two and ended as a 4 which surprised me immensely, I feel like I don’t know how to feel about this book. It was a massive surprise and for that I am grateful. Thank you Laini Taylor for surprising me and making the end of this book brilliant. I really needed it.
I had started this review before this version of it and in that version I had said that this book was dull, but truthfully – that’s what I wanted it to be not what it actually was. In reality perhaps the beginning of the book was dull but that was because I wasn’t allowing it to be anything else, but the ending. Oh the ending. The ending was a work of art. It was flowing and mysterious and it left me wanting more and if that’s not a masterpiece then I don’t know what is. Sure there are better books out there but that is just my opinion and my opinion is in no way the same as everyone else’s especially about this series. Many of you may think that my review’s of these books are too harsh or perhaps not harsh enough but they are my opinion. And in my opinion, if you are going to read this series then hold out for the last confounding book that is a work of art.
It may be a work of art but it only gets 4/5 stars because of the beginning and it’s supposed dullness that may or may not be there. I am actually cutting this review short, a) because I have no idea what else to say about this book and b) because it is almost an entire day late in going up, so please excuse me for that. The book refused to finish.
I think that I might reread this series, but with what I know now in the forefront of my mind and I have a feeling that it might be improved. I really hope that is the case. Because books are for rereading if nothing else.
Live long and prosper,