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Strange the Dreamer: The enchanting international bestseller Paperback – 8 Mar 2018
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[A] stunning, sensory feast of a novel . . . the story's plotting, emotional charge and sheer sensuality sweep the reader along with ever rising intensity. (Daily Mail)
A complex and layered world of battling gods and humans . . . Gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting, the book will leave readers eager for the next. (Publishers Weekly)
Laini Taylor set my imagination on fire so hard that it spontaneously combusted . . . This is the kind of story that paves dreams. (Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star Touched Queen)
The love between Lazlo and Sarai . . . is touching and well-drawn. You share Lazlo's dreams of the of the beautiful world from his stories, and Sarai's understanding of (and horror of) their actions, and genuinely hope for the pair of them. (SFX)
5*s: This whimsical and diverse tale reads like a dream. One for you, your best friend, and any lover of myths and monsters you know. (Heat)
Prepare to be enchanted. (The Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine)
In a magical world of warring gods and humans, an orphaned librarian hunts for a long-lost community (Grazia)
Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling. (Kirkus reviews)
The story's unexpected twists and revelations leave the reader enthralled, enchanted, and entirely entranced. (New York Journal of Books)
Pulls you into its dreaming world and makes it hard to leave. (SciFiNow)
A magical new world and a whole host of stunning characters to take to your hearts in this brand new, un-putdownable novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Laini Taylor.See all Product description
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Strange the Dreamer is the story of Lazlo, a young man who was orphaned as a baby and raised by monks before he discovered the magic of the great library and trained to become a librarian. Lazlo is in part a little like every book worm you'll ever meet, he's obsessed with stories and spends so much time with his head stuck in a book that real life often happens around him without him even noticing. Lazlo's biggest obsession is the mystery of Weep and he has dedicated his life to reading everything he can about the city that disappeared so long ago. It's been years since anyone was able to find Weep and nobody can even remember the city's real name but Lazlo longs for it to be discovered again and he would give anything to visit the place he has spent so long dreaming about. Lazlo is a dreamer but he's also smart, funny and very caring. He always tries to help people but never expects thanks for his hard work and is so grateful for every opportunity he is offered that he never takes anything for granted.
This is also the story of Sarai, a young woman who has been trapped in her home for years with only her siblings for company. I don't want to get into too much detail about where Sarai is or how she ended up trapped there but her path crosses Lazlo's in the most unusual manner and I absolutely loved spending time with them both and watching the beginnings of their romance. Sarai and her siblings have been through something horrific but thanks to her unique talent she is the one best placed to understand both sides of the story and she longs for peace and freedom. She's such a compassionate girl, one who has seen the worst people have to offer but who also has great capacity for forgiveness and who tries really hard to look at the good in people.
Once again Laini Taylor has created a world that you just want to dive into, there are so many beautiful and amazing things to discover but there are also dark secrets lurking underneath that will leave you reeling. Her characters are people you want to be friends with and even her villains are so complex that you can understand their actions even if you don't particularly agree with them. There is so much pain and fear between the two different groups in the story that it's going to take a miracle to pull them together but I have complete faith that if anyone can pull it off Lazlo Strange and the Muse of Nightmares can. Working together I think they can achieve anything.
Strange the Dreamer is definitely one of my favourite books of the year and there is no doubt in my mind that it is going to be appearing on a lot of "best of 2017" lists. The Muse of Nightmares is right at the top of my 2018 wish list but I know I'll be rereading this book while I wait for it to be released.
Since reading this, I have read the Gods and Monsters trilogy, and I still come back to Strange wondering why the book ended as it did. It is a trilogy, and I want the next two books to arrive quickly so I can understand how the various threads and characters evolve and interact.
I wont be telling you about the characters because I will do the writer a great injustice. If you are reading this review, pls know that this book is worth reading. It does not belong in "YA" category!
This book is beautifully beautifully written. I cannot praise her writing enough. Its descriptive, poetic, the imagery is fantastic. And yet she hits you with poignancy, agony, mischief and tenderness every now and again that takes your breath away.
But the plot is absolutely masterful, she unweaves the story with just the right amount of detail, teases the darker edge to it. The multiple points of view do not take away anything from the story. The characters are so well thought out and described with such detail that I can see them in my mind quite clearly, right down to their quirks and nuances.
But all of this with new characters, brand new story with hardly any echoes back to her previous series is an incredible feat!
Laini Taylor, you are a master of your craft, take a bow!!
Oh and the book design is amazing, makes me feel like electronic medium will never take over the world till such lovely books exist!
Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the city of Weep for as long as he can remember. A librarian and a dreamer, he longs to journey to the lost city and discover its secrets. But this is a story of godspawn and monsters, of alchemy and nightmares; sometimes fulfilling your dreams brings much, much more than you ever imagined.
Taylor's writing is a whole other level of beautiful. She has such a clever way with words and her novels are a joy to read as a result. I'm sure I will be flicking back through this purely to enjoy her wonderful writing.
I loved the dual perspectives of this book: some chapters focused on Lazlo, while others followed Sarai, the daughter of a god, trapped in a citadel floating above the city of Weep. No one knows that she, or her siblings, are there and they need it to stay that way.
There were some brilliant plot twists in this novel, some I saw coming, others I didn't. And the ending is just... Well, I can't really say anything without major spoilers, but it's superb and has left me desperate to find out what happens in book two.