Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
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?
Great Ending to an Amazing Trilogy
The style and atmosphere are quite similar to book 2. If you are looking for a lovey dovey story, you will be fairly disappointed. Unlike book 2, however, this one is much easier to go through. We did see more of Akiva and Karou together or not-together. Yes, talk about frustration, but I digress. At some points, it felt like watching/reading “District 9”. It was dramatic and overall very cinematic.
This is much more epic than your run-of-the-mill YA fantasy romance story. There is the continuing battle between Chimera and the Angel, as left off in book 2. And, the “civil war/mutiny” amongst the Seraphs. There were even new characters (eg. the scientist Eliza and the despicable Morgan Toth) and new subplots. Some might find that off-putting, or rather distracting. Did Laini Taylor try to do too much? IMO, definitely not! For me, it’s the opposite. It complemented the already amazing world building that the original story had. The story existed in a real world, it’s not just angels and demons. It was also very interesting to see the POV of the outsiders. eg. How would Chimera look to the outside world?
Back to the main story. The twists and turns that the story took was nothing short of amazing. I never would have imagine such cooperation could take place (view spoiler). I liked how everything was answered in this book. Where is Erez? What is Godstar? What secret did Razgut hold? How Razgut came to be? etc. etc.
Character-wise, I would have to say Ziri is my favorite. What a heart wrenching journey he took. What a hero he was! The Chimera should build him a shrine. All the characters were properly fleshed out, and you feel for them, both love and hate. From the despicable fake grandma Esther and Morgan Toth, to the stone cold Liraz. Amongst them, Liraz had the most development. It was cute and unexpected.
Perhaps the loveliest cover of all times. In fact, all 3 books are.
I’m proud to be the owner of all three ❤ , and the fact that my wrist didn't hurt after finishing book 3.
Everyone was saying that there could be a spin-off but I’m quite satisfied with how it ended as-is. It was a good conclusion though not a 100% HEA. It felt raw and it felt real. Did Akiva and Karou get together? Well, you would have to read it to find out ;).