Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Strange the Dreamer

Release date: March 28th 2017

4 stars

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.

There’s something magical about Laini Taylor’s writing that just draws me right into her world. Getting lost in this book was a wonderful experience and the fact that it’s the first book means I have the chance to do it all over again. I fell in love with the characters and with the world. I wasn’t ready to leave it, which is always a sign of just how much I was pulled into the story.

Lazlo Strange was very much a dreamer, like the title of the book says, and his dreams, his imagination was so wild and so amazing. His determination and adventure to find the lost city of Weep was both fun to read and magical. The bookworm in me who loves getting lost in fantasy worlds found it easy to identify with Lazlo and his desire to find this magical city he’d heard so much about from stories.

The pacing was a little slow in places but with how intricate the world was I found it worked well for me. Since I’m usually a fast reader, the pacing forced me to slow down and read every word. It was one of those books that’s hard to describe because the more you try, the more it will feel like you’re failing to do so. It’s the type of book a reader needs to experience for themselves.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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3 responses to “Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

  1. Aside from the slow pacing (which doesn’t seem so bad in context with the rest of the book), this one definitely sounds like a great fantasy read! Really glad to see you enjoyed it!

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