Happy Book Birthday to Laini Taylor’s “Dreams of Gods and Monsters” — the conclusion to her epic “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” trilogy. This is one of our most anticipated books for 2014, and while Sandie has already read it, I’m expecting it to arrive in the mail today or tomorrow (it better come, UPS!). I can’t wait to finally receive it and at long last discover the fate of Karou and Akiva — and Zuzana and Mik (and Sandie plays coy about it, but she says there’s another ship to jump on too). To celebrate the release of “Dreams of Gods & Monsters,” here are some of our favorite quotes from the first two of Taylor’s beautifully written books.
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
“Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”
“He dropped the pretense, and dropped his head, so his brow came to rest against the sun-warmed top of hers. His arms went around her and drew her in, and Karou and Akiva were like two matches struck against each other to flare starlight. With a sigh, she softened, and it was pure homecoming to melt against him and rest.”
“War is all we’ve been taught, but there are other ways to live. We can find them, Akiva. We can invent them. This is the beginning, here.” She touched his chest and felt a rush of love for the heart that moved his blood, for his smooth skin and his scars and his unsoldierly tenderness. She took his hand and pressed it to her breast and said, “We are the beginning.”
DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.”
“Be your own place of safety, she told herself, straightening. No crossbar in the world could protect her from what lay ahead, and neither could a tiny knife ticked in her boot – though there her tiny knife would most certainly remain – and neither could a man, not even Akiva. She had to be her own strength, complete unto herself.”
“Let’s just get this out of the way so I can relax. Karou, your friends aren’t going to eat us, are they?”
No, Karou thought. They are not. She whispered back, “I don’t think so. But try not to look delicious, okay?”