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Strange The Dreamer

June 4, 2017

 

 

5/5 STARS

 

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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You know when you pick up a book and you have no idea what to expect, and it just completely and utterly blows your mind? Well that is what Strange the Dreamer did to me.

 

I had read a Laini Taylor novel before Strange The Dreamer (Note: I have rectified this situation).Now I think I’m a freaking muppet for doing that.

 

Why?

 

Because Strange the Dreamer took me on the most incredible journey and when I finished I was at a loss for words.

 

Taylor’s world building is out of this world (pun intended). It left me utterly speechless. How she can create such a magical place with so much history and detail astounds me. I want to go to Weep so badly, I want it to be REAL.

 

The characters! They were incredible! All unique and different in their own way. The godspawn! Oh my goodness – just such an incredible creation – I’m still speechless clearly.

 

The character growth for Lazlo, our main protagonist throughout the novel was mesmerising to read and I just want him to be my best friend.

 

Sarai, oh my precious Muse of Nightmares; she was an amazing character, not just from her description but from her actions, she was a beautiful soul.

 

There were also a couple of characters that I absolutely despised, but that just goes to show how much depth and how creative Taylor is with her writing.

 

I never lost interest throughout the book. Not once. I read and read and read until I could barely keep my eyes open, but at the same time trying to avoid finishing it, as I was not ready to leave behind this incredible world. The ending had me in tears, they were rolling down my face as I turned each of those last pages hoping for a miracle – it didn’t happen – but I still hold out hope!

 

I’m eagerly awaiting book two, titled after my favourite godspawn, Sarai: The Muse of Nightmares (it sounds incredible already, doesn’t it!).

 

Did I mention Taylor’s writing is just mesmerising? Pretty sure I’ve said it a million (kidding obviously) times above, but she’s just a genius – she has me falling head over heels for Gods, Myths, Monsters and a Librarian.

 

And I just need to mention the quotes in this novel are everything – they’re honestly beautiful and I wish I could tattoo them all on me (but alas, there is only so much skin, you know?).

 

I will finish this review with two of my favourite quotes from the book:

 

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

― Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

 

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“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.”

― Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

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