Strange the Dreamer ★★★★★

4.75 stars 

Not only is the outside of this book gorgeous but the inside is stunning as well. The only reason I didn’t give it a full 5 stars is because the beginning was a little hard to get into for me but that was because of what I was doing so. If I had to give it a full star rating it would totally get 5 stars. I really cannot wait to read The Muse of Nightmares when it comes out in 2018!

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

This book was amazing and even though I read it incredibly slowly, I enjoyed almost every single second of reading it. The main character, Lazlo was incredibly interesting to read about and Lani Taylor did an amazing job of depicting the violence of war.

The main character, Lazlo was incredibly interesting to read about and I loved how dedicated he was to the story of Weep. I also found the idea of the library taking Lazlo in hilarious and I really loved reading about his mundane life working with books. I loved reading about him and I was happy about what he was doing throughout the book. Even though I kind of figured out who he was before the story ended, I was still pleasantly surprised with how the characters came to term with his identity.

Sarai was incredibly interesting to read about and I really enjoyed the portions of the story that were told through her gift. I didn’t really care for the oldest (or I guess the youngest looking) child in the citadel with Sarai though, but I guess that was more or less the point. The other three children were interesting to hear about though and I really liked the uniqueness of each of their gifts because it showed how much effort was put into each character.

This is the type of book you can take messages from and for me, this book showed how people can change and learn from their ways. It showed change and to me, that is a really important lesson that should be taught to people no matter how old or mature they are.

I really did love the ending and I feel as though this book will stay with me for a long time. I really cannot wait to read the next book in the series and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy. If you love reading books with amazing characters then this would definitely work for you! This book has incredibly beautiful language and I think this is a book almost anyone who reads fantasy would enjoy.

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3 comments

  1. Beautifully written review. I’m just about done reading Strange the Dreamer and wow wow WOW! I now see what all the hype was about surrounding this book. Taylor’s imagination is phenomenal. Her descriptions of Weep, the godspawn, not to mention Lazlo’s dreams are so magical and vivid, it’s hard not to immediately fall in love with her writing.
    I look forward to reading more from you in the future… Happy Reading! 😀

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