Name : Strange the Dreamer
Author : Laini Taylor
Series : Strange the Dreamer Duology #1
Pages : 536 Pages
Format : Kindle
Published On : 28th March, 2017
Published By : Little, Brown Books
Sequel : Muse of Nightmares
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
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.
“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
I really don’t know how to describe Laini Taylor’s writing style, it is smiply beautiful, she captures everything with her words and things just flow and you are sucked in. She makes sure that every little detail is laid out and her descriptions are so vivid that you can imagine everything exactly the way it is and I loved it.
“Beautiful and full of monsters.
All the best stories are.”
This quote perfectly captures the story. It was beautiful and full of monsters. When I started this novel I did not know what to expect and even after reading the synopsis, I wasn’t even vaguely prepared for this story. I will be honest with you, it was slow start for me (that’s why I gave it a 4.5 stars) I was fascinated by it but not captured but once in Weep, things got interesting and keep in mind even after that things don’t happen they are laid out page by page and with each page more layers to the world and to the plot are introduced. There is so much lore that still needs to be explored and so many questions to be answered that I do not know what to say, I don’t know how to explain the plot without spoiling it and I think this is one of those books where the less you know about it will enhance your experience while reading it, also let me say this WTF WAS THAT ENDING! CLIFFHANGER MUCH!!!
“There was a man who loved the moon, but whenever he tried to embrace her, she broke into a thousand pieces and left him drenched, with empty arms.”
I will not talk about any other characters other than our main ones since I think you should meet them yourself and decide what you feel about them.
Lazlo Strange, I think a lot of us could relate to him, he lives in his own dream world, he reads a lot book and his biggest dream is to go to this lost world he loves so much (is it every readers fantasy to be sucked into their favourite fantasy world). He is optimistic, caring , sweet and can be an enigma at times but I loved him. I couldn’t help but root for him, he deserves so much and I am really excited and scared to see where his story takes us next.
Sarai, she is bigger enigma than Lazlo and her life and her feelings makes my heartache for her, there were so many times in the story that I wanted to hug her and tell her that everything was gonna be okay. She is flawed and scared which made her very realistic ( I will not say anything else, since spoilers)
“The library knows its own mind. When it steals a boy, we let it keep him.”
Overall, I quite enjoyed this installment of the duology, it left me hanging and there are a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up in the next book and I am genuinely both excited and terrified for Muse of Nightmares.
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