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 (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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.
I am awed and devastated by this book. I feel the urge to rename my hometown Weep.
I had no idea what to expect from Taylor’s latest book. As much as I would love to live forever in the world she created in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I was excited for a new series, and thankfully I was not disappointed.
Strange the Dreamer is perhaps a little slower paced than DoSaB, but the world building and detail are so rich that I didn’t mind (and I suspect, neither will other fans of Taylor). Lazlo Strange is going on my list of All Time Favorite Characters, because there is something so decent and pure about him. Plus, he loves books, and stories, and libraries, and magic, and he gets as lost in his imaginary worlds as I do.
This is also the story of a group of young Gods who are in hiding and full of revenge and loneliness.
This is also the story of soldiers and alchemists and thieves and ordinary men and women.
A story of dreams, and nightmares, war and death.
It’s a story that has become part of my own dream landscape.
Lazlo’s dreams. That’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to spoil anything.
Stop the Clock:
Laini Taylor makes magic with her words, and the story of Strange the Dreamer and the Godspawn is like a gorgeous dream that flips to nightmares now and then. The description was so vivid that I felt like I was in it. It comes out tomorrow, so I’ll be snapping up the audiobook too!
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