Tuesday 25 September 2018

Book Review: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor (YA/Fantasy)

Title: Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date: 2 October 2018
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice--save the woman he loves, or everyone else?--while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

Muse of Nightmares is a wonderful continuation of the beautiful tale and mythology crafted in Stranger the Dreamer. From the start, the action and characters swept me back into the story, and I eagerly turned each page, desperate to know what would happen next. Things took a turn I hadn't expected, but I liked the way the tale finally ended. It is a satisfying conclusion, yet it does still leave an opening for more. Taylor's prose is easy, gripping reading, and her characters are always larger than life. There was one scene where I thought the presence of so many characters was unnecessary, since most of them just stood there and watched, uninvolved in the action. However, that is a small complaint in an otherwise excellent work. This is definitely a story I could happily reread in the future, and the two books are certain to appeal to fans of YA fantasy.

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