March 27, 2017

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Source: Vine

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.

At last Laini Taylor returns with a young adult fantasy novel as alluring and heartbreaking as Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Although Strange the Dreamer is a brand new series, there was something familiar and assured about entering this new world she created. Simply put - no one else writes like her. Having read her other books, I expected lyrical prose, a world as dazzling and terrifying as a dream, and characters that would make me laugh as well as ... weep.  And Strange the Dreamer delivers all of it.

A foundling librarian who is bewitched by a mythical place only found in books
A fabled city whose true name has been stolen
A blue-skinned, flame-haired Muse of Nightmares
An ongoing war between humans and gods

Bottom line to Taylor fans breathlessly awaiting a verdict: Prepare to fall in love with Lazlo Strange and the Unseen City of Weep. Prepare for your heart to swell with wonder at all the unique and unforgettable magic that Taylor has conjured and also for it to break because of an impossible, star-crossed love.  Then break once again because you have to wait for the next book to find out what happens next...

“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.”

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