Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Posted March 16, 2017 by Sara 0 Comments


A luscious, seductive tale about love, treachery, and war, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor gives credence to the power of stories and the readers who love them.

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.

Okay. So. Let me start by saying that I loved this book.

Loved it so much, I pre-ordered both the U.S. and the U.K. editions, and will also cling preciously to my ARC. Ya’ll, I have limited shelf space – so to procure and hold onto three copies of the same book is saying something. I don’t normally do that. But I simply need to possess as many versions of Strange the Dreamer as possible.

This book also wrecked me. I mean, destroyed me by its last page. I am in utter agony — and yet, I am also eager to flip back to the beginning and start all over again. Because even though that ending, god, that ending, left me devastated, everything leading up to it was so perfect and elegant and stunning, I just want to savor it all again and again. (And then, in an ideal world, I’d be able to dive into book 2 … how long until the sequel comes out again?)

And let’s be honest. That ending that wrecked me? Also perfect.

Strange the Dreamer is enchanting from the start, as we are introduced to Lazlo Strange and his quirky, charming personality, his passion for the lost city of Weep, and his love of stories. Lazlo is all of us, in a sense; that is, he is the person who lives inside of books. Who reads about far off places and magic and whimsy … and one day, Lazlo finds himself closer to living the stories he’s always only read about. And isn’t that the ultimate fantasy of all readers? Lazlo is OUR hero. He is one of us. He is of our Tribe.

As such, Lazlo also serves as our guide into the world of Weep. We experience the wonder and the mysteries of it all through his eyes.

Strange the Dreamer is rich with Laini’s intoxicating writing; her words are so beautifully woven together, I often found myself rereading sentences just to admire their beauty both independent of the book and as a part of the whole. Her words bring Lazlo’s story and the world of Weep to vivid life — transporting the reader with visions and scents and feelings. I can picture Weep so clearly in my mind; I can smell it and taste it and imagine myself there.

And then there’s the characters and the story itself. I fell in love with these beautiful, flawed, damaged people and wanted to know them better. I eagerly followed along with their journeys and their hopes and their dreams (and their nightmares, too), wanting — needing to know what happened to them next. Hoping, wishing for the best and still finding myself utterly wrecked when things took a dramatic, tragic turn.

All this is a really fancy way of saying that I am obsessed with Strange the Dreamer, and I don’t anticipate getting over this world and my love of this book in its entirety any time soon.

So please. Go read it, and then let me know so we can talk about how amazing it is together. Okay?

Look for Strange the Dreamer in stores March 28th.

Don’t miss our Styled by Books feature inspired by Strange the Dreamer.

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