Review – Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor

Are there enough synonyms for ‘overjoyed’ in the thesaurus to fully convey how happy I am that I finally got to read this? Answer: no there are not.

Goodreads Summary:

A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

If you want to read my froth post about this book from earlier in the year you can check it out here or read on for my (spoiler free) review.

Let me start by saying that I loved this book. I adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone because I loved the descriptions of Prague, a place I’ve always wanted to go. But this book is Laini Taylor creating a whole new world and it’s just amazing. I’m extra excited to see where this series goes in the sequel and if we get to see any new places or not!

The main characters, Lazlo and ‘the blue-skinned goddess’ are both really great to read. As ever Taylor builds up these wonderful people only to skewer you with a plot twist at the last second and wrench at your heartstrings until you cry pathetic little tears (too much?).

The concept and the way that ‘magic’ worked in this were well considered, I can’t go into too much detail without spoiling it for all of you but rest assured that you aren’t left feeling like nothing should have happened the way that it did.

I will say that this book will leave you wanting more, I’m already desperate for the sequel (currently titled ‘The Muse of Nightmares’) because this book does not come to a close. Much like Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini knows how to leave the reader hanging on. I think I’m just going to have to read this again – multiple times – until the next one publishes in order to sate my imagination.

I will stop here because I’m severely in danger of spilling out spoilers, but rest assured that this book, in my opinion, is most definitely worth the hype. It’s not just beautiful (but it is really beautiful) it’s also incredibly well written.

Well done Laini Taylor, you’ve bewitched me again.

My rating: 5/5 stars (duh)



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