Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Published by Little Brown (3.28.2017)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Source: I own it
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?
This book was SO. BEAUTIFUL. Should I expect anything less from Laini Taylor? It was so very much like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I loved so much – beautiful, strange, and enchanting – but also so very different! I highly recommend both of them to anyone and everyone, especially if you love fantasy.
First of all, that title! I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know much at all (okay, pretty much nothing except it was by Laini Taylor) about this book going in, so I had no idea that the main character is actually named Strange – Lazlo Strange. It completely changes your perspective of the title, I love it!
Again, Laini knocked it out of the freaking park with her amazing world and imagination. This book is like nothing I have ever read before, it’s so unique! I absolutely loved the world of Weep and the intrigue that went with it. The pacing is fairly slow in the beginning, but I was never bored. The mystery of Weep kept me hooked because I was so intrigued about the lost city! Plus Laini’s writing is so beautiful that I can’t help but bask in her lovely prose no matter what is going on.
It’s hard to talk about this book without spoilers, so I’m going to put most of it in spoiler tags. I wouldn’t suggest reading any of it unless you’ve read the book, the mystery and intrigue are part of what made this story so amazing!View Spoiler »The concept of mesarthium and the Mesarthim was AMAZING!!! I love that there’s a race of gods who are blue. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I loved that they all had their own unique abilities! The citadel was incredible too, and the blue metal mesarthium. I cannot sing the praises enough for the premise! « Hide Spoiler
The back story of Weep is SO haunting and tragic. This book was heartbreaking, and it’s so beautifully written that you can see both sides of the story. View Spoiler »You can understand WHY the Godslayer did what he did, as horrible as it was. You can understand the hatred, the desperation of the people that lived in Weep. But at the same time, it makes you feel SO MUCH for the Godspawn because they had nothing to do with their parents’ horrible reign. Yet the hatred is so deep seated because of the past. It was written in such a way that you could understand both perspectives. « Hide Spoiler
THAT ENDING. YOU GUYS. I can’t. I just can’t. I knew something bad was going to happen but I just didn’t want to believe it. I desperately neeeed Muse of Nightmares! I can’t wait to see where the story goes in the next installment! View Spoiler »I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. I SHOULD HAVE. Knowing that Laini loves to write tragic and heartbreaking romances. Even though she tells you straight up in the beginning how this book is going to end, you can’t help but hope for a happy ending. And for them to go through everything they went through and STILL not be together….I CAN’T. « Hide Spoiler
Writing style: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5