I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
on March 28, 2017
Also by this author: Lips Touch: Three Times, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Amazon Vine
Reading Challenges: 2017 Flights of Fantasy Challenge
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.
It’s been a long time since a book enchanted me this much. Strange the Dreamer was an alluring book. It left me speechless, but I’m going to try to conjure words to describe my adoration.
Strange the Dreamer is the gorgeous tale of Lazlo Strange and Sarai. Lazlo was a fabulous character. All readers will be able to relate to his love of books and magic. I loved that Lazlo wasn’t really a hero. He’s just a normal librarian with enough luck to tag along on the journey to Weep. He was so lovable. Lazlo was a character that I wanted to read about and root for. Sarai is a different story. You don’t meet her right away, so I was a bit taken aback by her appearance. I just wanted to get back to Lazlo at first, but I became just as invested in her story as Lazlo’s as I got to know her. She wasn’t as easy to love or relatable, but I couldn’t help feeling for her and growing to like her.
The world building in Strange the Dreamer is spectacular. Laini Taylor creates these large and magical worlds that I love. This book is more character driven. You don’t learn a lot about places outside of Weep, but I was fine with that. What you do learn and see is beautiful, tragic, and horrifying. I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface on Weep. I can’t wait to learn more.
If you’ve read anything by Laini Taylor then you know what her writing is like. It’s lush and beautiful. It pulls you in and sweeps you away effortlessly. I’ve heard some rumblings about the story being slow. I don’t think that it was. Laini Taylor just weaves you into it. She reveals things to you at the perfect time. Before you know if you’re utterly hooked and there’s no turning back. Her writing speaks to my soul. That’s the only way I can explain it. When I read a book by Laini I get this ‘this is the book I’ve been searching for’ feeling. She’s a storyteller. She creates magnificent worlds that I want to stay in forever.
Strange the Dreamer isn’t all lovable characters and gorgeous prose. It’s also full of nightmares and atrocities. The history of Weep is horrifying and unimaginable. There’s villains old and new. There’s old carnage that will always feel fresh. One of my favorite parts of the story was getting to see both sides of it. There was wrongness and pain on both sides. Almost everyone was left a victim in the aftermath. It was all so layered. I’m anxious to see how these old prejudices and fears play out in the next book.
There is a good bit of romance in Strange the Dreamer. It doesn’t happen until the last half or quarter of the book. I’ll admit that it is a bit on the insta-love side, but the way it unfolds is totally believable. I didn’t mind it a bit. It’s hard to find fault with it because Laini Taylor writes the best kissing scenes.
Strange the Dreamer is definitely going to be high on my favorites of the year list, if not in the top spot. I was utterly enthralled by this book. I couldn’t wait to pick it up at the end of the day, but I also didn’t want it to end. The wait for book 2 is going to be rough. I might have to reread Laini’s other books to pass the time. I hope that I conveyed a small fraction of my love for this book. I could never explain to you just how much I loved it. You need to read it for yourself and experience it.