REVIEW: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

by |April 28, 2017

Just when you thought Laini Taylor couldn’t get more magical, she creates Strange the Dreamer. Alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and god spawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage…

Laini Taylor is one of my all time favourite authors. Her ability to weave beautiful stories set in intricate worlds and full of fantastical creatures is pure magic. Reading her books is always a decadent treat. The vivid imagery she uses paired with her beautiful prose and her wild imagination results in the kind of spellbinding storytelling that perfectly blends horror and fantasy, tragedy and romance, magic and violence.

Strange the Dreamer was an absolute pleasure to read. I did not want the book to end, and when I came to the last word on the last page, I gave an audible gasp of pained dismay.

Set in a world both familiar and strange, one that manages to evoke ancient civilisations and mythologies whilst still seeming completely alien, Strange the Dreamer introduces us to the city of Weep – a place that has been cursed by tragedy and lost its true name. This is the story of a boy called Lazlo Strange who lives in a library, and of a mysterious blue-skinned girl known as The Muse of Nightmares.

Strange the Dreamer is a dark fantasy brimming with raw emotion, vibrant descriptions and devastating heartbreak. It is many things at once; an adventure story about an underdog chasing his dreams, an epic tale of star-crossed love, the story of a tragic hero haunted by regret, and a city drowning in grief. This is a book full of gods, ghosts, nightmares, and secrets, set in a world where it is difficult to distinguish the line between heroes and villains.

Strange the Dreamer is exquisite in every way. I deeply loved every word of this gorgeous book and think that everyone should read it. Bound to delight fans of Laini Taylor, this is the perfect read for anyone who likes to feed their imagination on sumptuously sinful and richly flavoured desserts.

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Strange the Dreamer, as seen in BOOKED with Anastasia – Edpisode 4: Staff Picks

Strange the Dreamerby Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer

by Laini Taylor

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.

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...

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