Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3. Author: Laini Taylor.
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? (Published summary.)
It’s a little unsettling at first that we have a new view point, subtracting from our time with Karou – but, after all, events are moving apace in both worlds. The quality level remains as high as the first two books, and this crashing final reveals new heights of information as it draws everything together for the close.
Sexual content: An engaged couple bathe together, off-screen – a different character mentions in speech that she expects them to be “making out”. Character thinks “Did he think that because she had made him the gift of her body for her first dream season, that he could touch her mind uninvited?” Passionate kissing.
Language: 19 hell, 17 d***, 12 derogatory terms.
Violence: Character killed by an arrow through the heart. Several instances of hand-to-hand fighting. Character snaps neck of another. Full on battle.