| BOOK REVIEW | STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR

Strange the dreamer cover UKStrange The Dreamer
Author : Laini Taylor
Series : Strange The Dreamer
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : March 28th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton

Synopsis : 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?

Welcome to Weep.

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Laini Taylor is one of my favorite authors : I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Daughter Of Smoke And Bone trilogy. So I was really eager to read Strange The Dreamer.

It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.

Plot

We follow two points of view. First, there’s Lazlo Strange. He is such a lovely dreamer ! He studied everything he could about the city of Weep. He is so curious.

Sarai is Godspawn. She is not supposed to be alive. So she lives with her brother and sisters in a floating castle since the gods had been slaughtered.

This book is a wonder ! The writing style is so exquisite ! I started this book with very high expectations and I haven’t been disappointed at all !
But I must admit : I found the first part of the book a bit too slow for my taste ! I get it was mandatory so the author could build this wonderful world.
This book is like nothing I’ve ever read before ! I loved the world of Weep, its mythology, if I can call it that way !

I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.

The intrigue around Weep kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted more. I still want more. I want to know everything about this amazing world !

I really enjoyed the dual POV. Strange and Sarai are similar in so many ways, it’s really cute to witness.

I’m not gonna say much more about this book, nor talk more about the characters. I think it’s better if you go into it without knowing too much !

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.

5 stars

Overall I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for The Muse Of Nightmares to be released !

 

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About the author

Laini TaylorHi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out 🙂 Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It’s about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas.

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