Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

strangedreamerStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 533 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.

 When this book announcement was made I was absolutely ecstatic for another Laini Taylor story. Her first series was wonderful and I could not wait to get another taste of her eclectic voice. Strange the Dreamer was just as good if not better, with a mix of whimsy and pain that reaches into the soul. With dreams come harsh realities and Lazlo Strange’s pursuit of Weep is an epic worth diving into to.

Lazlo Strange is one of the most endearing characters I’ve ever read; kind, helpful, and compassionate, wanting to make his mark even in the simplest of ways. He’s got his head stuck in the clouds as well as in books, making the best of the situation he’s in. With a love of books and research and the magic of his world, Lazlo sees the extraordinary every step of the way.

This tome is just full to the brim with magic and mystery. With gods and goddesses, angels and demons, darkness and light, and life and death hanging in the balance. There’s questions of humanity at every turn and the resulting pain that people have inflicted on one another. It also delves into how each person handles their inner turmoil and how the mind works, giving multiple experiences.

Taylor has such a distinct writing style with detailed descriptions that bring worlds bursting from the page. I love the uniqueness I feel every time I dive into one of her stories and she creates some of the most intriguing plots. I did have a couple of minor issues with this one though especially in regards to the pace dropping off in the middle and the predictability of some revelations later on.

Overall Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer was everything I’d hoped it would be. With gorgeous writing, wonder and awe, and an ending that ripped me apart, I was held transfixed. Both this world dripping with life and Lazlo himself stole my heart. Despite the niggling issues I would absolutely recommend this story to everyone. What a beauty this one is!

So have you picked up Strange the Dreamer yet? Do you love fantastical worlds brimming with curiosities? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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