Strange The Dreamer Review


Strange The Dreamer

By Laini Taylor

I received a free copy of Strange The Dreamer in exchange for my honest opinion.

A brand new, heart-stopping novel and the first in a thrilling duology from the much-loved author of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy, Laini Taylor.

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.

Summary from Goodreads.

What started out as a very slow read ended up being a book that I struggled to put down.

Since this is my first time reading anything from Lani Taylor, I am unfamiliar to her writing style. This probably did not help me for the first third of the book as she sets up the world excellently , albeit very slowly. Strange the Dreamer follows Lazlo Strange, a junior librarian who ends up travelling to a mystical lost city called Weep.

I do not want to say too much as I feel like once I start getting into the meat of the story, you will know everything that occurs. What I will say though is that Strange the Dreamer seemed to be split into two seperate acts. Whilst the first one was, in my opinion, the most boring; it was also nessecary to set up everything else that occurs. Even after the first act finished, it was still a slow read but things start to tie together and the overall picture makes sense.

Whist a slow read, it does pick up and sink its teeth into you.


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