Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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.
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors. I loved Daughter of Smoke And Bone, and Lips Touch (which you have to read, if you haven’t). And I knew I was going to love this, but Strange the Dreamer exceeded my expectations. Like, I knew it was going to be amazing, but it was that and more. It’s the kind of book that feeds your soul.
Reasons you should definitely read Strange the Dreamer:
- The Beautiful Writing:
Laini Taylor’s prose is really pretty, and one of the best lyrical writing I’ve read. It hooks you from the first line. I kept rereading entire paragraphs because it was just so beautiful.
- The World-Building
Strange the Dreamer is only about 500 pages, but Laini Taylor builds such an intricate world, and blends Science-Fiction and Fantasy seamlessly. You’re given just enough information to know what’s happening, so there’s this big air of mystery and you desperately want to know more. And it’s a talent-keeping your reader dying to know more.
- The Characters
Strange the Dreamer had a LOT of characters and I loved how each character was given enough backstory and development (My favourite was Lazlo Strange, he’s so precious).
Now, even though I LOVED Strange the Dreamer, I did have problems:
- The Romance
I had the same problem with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the love story in both the books was a bit rushed. The romance between Lazlo and Sarai was actually really(really) cute and adorable for a few chapters. After that, I felt it was a bit too fast. But again, this was not a big issue for me, just this tiny nit-picky thing.
- The Last Part
I had issues with the last few chapters, especially with the pacing. For the most part, the book is pretty slow-paced, right? And I loved it. Weep’s mystery and other details of this world was described extensively. But everything felt rushed towards the end.
However, Strange the Dreamer was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was AMAZING and you should definitely pick it up, if you haven’t already!
My Favourite Lines
“He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.”
“Without his books, his room felt like a body with its hearts cut out.”
“The library knows its own mind… When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.”
“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around”
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
Have you read Strange the Dreamer? Did you like it? Do you plan to read it? Have you read any other Laini Taylor books? Tell me in the comments!