Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic
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?
I forgot how gorgeous Laini Taylor’s writing is
I remembered Laini Taylor’s writing was amazing, but I forgot exactly how beautiful it is! Nothing I say could possible do it justice but it’s the most well written thing I’ve read in a long time. I’m in awe of her talent with words.
What makes a monster?
One of the main discussions I really enjoyed in STRANGE THE DREAMER was the theme of heroes and monsters. What makes someone a hero, and what is a monster? It’s not as clear cut as people want to believe. After the events at the end of the book I’m really looking forward to how the citizens of the world change their perspective in MUSE OF NIGHTMARES.
This world is amazing
I was in love with this world when Lazlo was still in Zosma, but then we went to Weep and it became even more fascinating. Weep is like Atlantis, a hidden civilization lost to a curse. It’s crumbling, falling apart, but there’s still some magic to it. It sounds absolutely gorgeous. And all the mythical creatures that call it home make it even better!
I’m ready for more
STRANGE THE DREAMER is an introductory book. Lots of things are set up. While it’s entertaining to read, not all that much happened really, not until the very end. Something big is going to happen in MUSE OF NIGHTMARES and I cannot wait to find out how it all unfolds.
It’s a book that will be hard to beat
Though STRANGE THE DREAMER had some flaws (mostly I wasn’t completely sold on the romane, and the end was predictable, though I was still hoping That Specific Sad Thing wouldn’t happen even as it was unfolding), it was still an incredible book. The writing, the world, and the characters alone have put this on my favourites list. It has set a high bar for other books to meet.
From the very first chapter of STRANGE THE DREAMER, I was very quickly reminded of why I loved the DOSAB trilogy so much. Laini Taylor is an amazing author, and STRANGE THE DREAMER is hands down my favourite book of hers I’ve read. I never wanted to leave this world, with its monsters and magic and feels. I’m really looking forward to continuing this legend she’s begun.