Friday 17 March 2017

Book Review: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 28 March 2017
Pages: 432
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Fantasy / YA
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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? (Goodreads Synopsis)

Wow, what can I say about Strange the Dreamer, except that I loved it from start to finish? I enjoyed this story even more than The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor has created an amazing mythology and a host of vibrant, delightful characters with whom I gloried to spend several hours of my time. I don't want to give away anything, but I can say that I adored the imagery and the lyrical prose, and I spent the whole book on tenterhooks, waiting to see what would happen. Naturally, this will be a series, so Taylor has left us on quite a cliffhanger. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for the next instalment. If you enjoy YA fantasy with amazing world building and a suspenseful, intriguing plot, then Strange the Dreamer is the tale for you.

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