Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Date Started: July 11
Date Finished: July 15
Format: Hardcover from local library
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 or 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?
Four years ago, I fell in love with Laini Taylor and her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (even if I haven’t yet finished that yet, but that’s another story). So when I heard that she was writing a new duology, I was so excited. And I was even more excited when I found the new book at my library on the new release shelf. I took it home and started reading it last week and even though it was slow going (because I was reading two books at the same time) I loved every minute of it.
Taylor’s writing is still beautiful. Her characters are well developed, even if they are a little damaged. Her villains are magnificent if a little malevolent. And the twists and turns are expertly woven into the story and not just dropped in to create some friction for the characters to overcome. To sum it all up, I really loved this book.
The one thing though that I didn’t like, was the insta-love between Lazlo and Sarai. I kind of get the connection. They were both ostercized by the people they are surrounded with. But it couldn’t have started as a friendship first? Although considering everything that was going on in this book, I’m not surprised their relationship deepened that quickly. As for those villains I mentioned. Yikes. Book 2 is going to be full of angst.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the new characters. I loved the plot. I just wish the ending hadn’t happened. At all. But Taylor had to set up for book 2 somehow. When is Muse of Nightmares coming out again?
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