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March 31, 2017

Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Review:  Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Published by: Little Brown BFYP  on March 28, 2017

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I’ve wanted to read something by Laini Taylor ever since I first caught wind of her Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, but alas, I’ve never been quite so lucky—until now. The premise for Strange the Dreamer and title alone were enough to grasp my interest and I had to admit, I was excited to see for myself if Taylor’s writing lives up to the hype. Guess what? It did and so much more. Strange the Dreamer was an experience and an unforgettable one at that.

In Strange the Dreamer, Lazlo Strange has spent his entire childhood curious about the mystery that is the city of Weep. Having been raised to watch over and serve the Great Library, Lazlo has cultivated his mind with every myth and fairy tale there is in an attempt to grow one step closer to understanding Weep and it’s true, forgotten name. Then one day Lazlo’s wildest dreams become reality, warriors from Weep appear at the Great Library on a mission to reclaim their city—and request a party from the Library to join them. But there are secrets to Weep that are better left unspoken and in the dark, and it’s only a matter of time before Lazlo uncovers them and faces the danger they invite.

I’ll admit that Strange the Dreamer surpassed my expectations. Initially, I had thought that the novel would be a grueling read due to the fact that it took me a while to get into it. This is definitely the kind of story that you have to bear with and get a feel for the lore, world-building, etc., in order to truly immerse yourself in the experience. Once I was on-board with the world of Strange the Dreamer, I was thrown into a breathtaking journey filled with danger, monsters, and strained morals.

Taylor’s prose is beautiful. It felt as though every single line from Strange the Dreamer was perfectly selected, and the combination of perfect writing, perfect storytelling, and perfect world-building all made for an exceptional read. There wasn’t a single moment where I was ever bored, nor was there ever a time where I suspected any of the plot’s many twists and turns.

I think that Strange the Dreamer is one of those novels that has something in it for everyone. The characters are unforgettable. I personally adored Sarai, one of the novel’s protagonists who is a descendent of the Gods and is as frightening as she is fearless. If readers are looking for a novel that has characters who are brave, bold, cowardly, or pragmatic, Strange the Dreamer features a cast filled with round characters.

After having finished Strange the Dreamer, I’ve been left desperate for more from this author.  I imagine that readers who are fans of Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy would absolutely eat her newest novel right up. I would recommend Strange the Dreamer to readers who are looking for a well-written novel that will steal your breath away. Readers who are looking for a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat should also give it a go. Lastly, any readers who are fans of fantasy and want a novel that is unique in every sense should definitely pick up Strange the Dreamer. You won’t regret it.

About Laini Taylor

Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

 

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