I received this book for free from 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
on March 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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.
LINKS to Purchase: Amazon | B&N | INDIEBOUND
Am I the only one here who wishes they could spend a day in Laini Taylor’s mind? She creates such gorgeous and vivid imagery with her words, and the ideas that spring forth are so exquisite. But for now, I guess we’ll have to settle for her amazing books and Pinterest boards.
I share this post with you today, with a fair word of warning. You are going to NEED this book in your life when I am done here. Honestly, chances are you’ve already pre-ordered “Strange the Dreamer” because Laini Taylor is a literary goddess and you must have all her words. But, if this one inexplicably isn’t on your radar yet, keep reading for all of the reasons it should be.
I went into this book not knowing what to expect. Which, honestly, made the reading experience so much more magical. The only synopsis I read was the one found on the back of my ARC…
On the Second Sabbat of the Twelfth moon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
GAHHHH! I mean, come on! How could you not be filled with a burning desire for this book! “Strange the Dreamer” is unlike anything I have ever read before…it’s pure magic. From the multitude of characters that I found myself caring so much about, to the rich and complex world that Taylor built as the foundation of her story. From the very first pages I was pulled into the lives of the main characters and immediately invested in them. Both Lazlo and Sarai come from lives and worlds that they feel unfilled in and are inexplicably drawn to the call of something more. Taylor gives us two characters so completely different in their experiences, but united in their quest to find their lives deeper meaning.
I stumbled across Piera Forde’s review on Goodreads and this blurb really jumped out ay me!
“This book was incredible and heartbreaking and magical and shattering and mystical and ruinous and absolutely everything I’ve ever wanted in my life.”
Yeah….what she said!
If you’ve read Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” trilogy, then you know that she is supremely gifted in crafting myths, legends and fables of her magical worlds. Although, “Strange the Dreamer” is a different story, everything I know and love about her previous books was found in its pages. It was a magical reading experience and I was devastated to see it end. Especially with THAT ending…wink wink! Thankfully, we have a second book to look forward to.
“Strange the Dreamer” will easily be one of my most loved books of 2017! It’s enchanting, intriguing and utterly magical.
PSSST…DON’T MISS ANY OF THE STOPS ON THE TOUR!
HOSTED BY HANNAH AT THE IRISH BANANA REVIEW
3/22: Mundie Moms – Review
3/23: What Sarah Read – Review
3/24: Reading Teen – Review
3/28: YA Bibliophile – Review
3/31: Fiction Fare – Review