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Throw Back Thursday: Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

“You are a conniving, deceitful hussy. I stand in awe.” “You’re sitting.” “I sit in awe.” 

“People with secrets shouldn’t make enemies. People with destinies shouldn’t make plans.” 

“Once upon a time,an angel and a devil pressed their hands to their hearts and started the apocalypse.” 

“The two of them were stoic and stone-faced and ten feet apart, currently not even looking at each other, but Zuzana had the impression of a pair of magnets pretending not to be magnets. Which, you know, only works until it doesn’t.” 

“Once upon a time, there was only darkness. And there were monsters vast as worlds who swam in it.” 

“Be a Samurai. Because you just never know what’s behind the freaking sky.” 

“Hot, perpetually pissed-off angel seeks living pincushion for scowl practice and general stabbiness. No kissing.” 

“I love vengeance like normal people love sunsets and long walks on the beach. I eat vengeance with a spoon like it’s honey. In fact, I may not even be a real person, but just a vow of vengeance made flesh.” 

“Happiness wasn’t a mystical place to be reached or won–some bright terrain beyond the boundary of misery, a paradise waiting for them to find it–but something to carry doggedly with you through everything, as humble and ordinary as your gear and supplies.” 

“It was the first time either of them had ever held another’s hand, and for them alone, the immensity of what unfolded that night was overshadowed by the perfect wonderment of fingers intertwined – as though this was what hands had always been for, and not for holding weapons at all.” 

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?

The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as – from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond – humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

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