Title: Lair of Dreams
Author: Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Diviners
Date Started: November 1
Date Finished: November 5
Format: Hardcover from local library
It’s been six months since the events of The Diviners and everyone seems to have moved on. Although there is still a curiosity among the people of New York when it comes to the Pentacle Killer and what happened on the night that he was ‘arrested.’ Evie O’Neill is trying to move on from that horrific episode. Since the day she made the announcement that she is a Diviner and can read objects, she has been hosting her own radio show. Jericho, Sam and her Uncle Will haven’t seen much of her because she refuses to step foot in the museum anymore. And Sam and Jericho are trying their best to save the museum from closing due to not paying the taxes owed on the property. With Uncle Will going out of town, both feel that it is the prime opportunity to throw a Diviners exhibition, with a little help from Evie of course.
Elsewhere in town, thanks to Evie’s proclamation, there are more Diviners coming out of the woodwork. Henry, Theta’s best friend, and a teenage girl named Ling are both dreamwalkers. They meet in the dream world and help each other with not only the growth of their powers but finding someone that Henry cares about deeply. But there is a problem with the dreamwalking. Throughout New York people are falling victim to the sleeping sickness, where people go to sleep and never wake up. A lot of people out of fear are blaming the Chinese immigrants and things get really bad for Ling. If she doesn’t find an explanation for the sickness, she might lose the one she loves. But as always in the Diviner world nothing is what it seems.
So, I honestly picked the wrong time to read this book. I should have read it during Halloween it was pretty creepy. Another intriguing ghost story from Libba Bray. I love her writing style and her characters are still spot on. I especially liked the little cameo appearance by Ms. Gemma Doyle, it took me a second to realize it was her, but I recognized it none the less. My one big complaint about this novel was that it was just a little bit too long and have a feeling it was because of all the details that Bray decided to cram into this book. There were so many new characters – a lot of which weren’t necessary to the story line really – that it was hard to keep straight who was who. Also, considering this was the second book in a series, not much was explained about Project Buffalo and what those two dudes in the sedan were about – although I could hazard a guess. It was still rather confusing with everything else going on.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A really good ghost story and continuation of what was started in book one. A lot of stuff was going on though and at times it was hard to keep everything straight. There is still no clear endgame for these novels, and I hope that is clarified in the next one.
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