Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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?
** Received an ARC from Hachette Book Group Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.
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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is a fantastical world where gods have come to rule over the people. Centuries of oppression and heinous actions led to the slaughter of the gods, but some of the godspawn remain. Now it is up to our hero, Lazlo, to figure out a way to get rid of the last what they left behind.
Fantastical World Building
It’s been a long time since I was so enamored by a fantasy. Strange the Dreamer was so beautifully built that I was in awe. From the mesmerizing descriptions to the extensive history of Weep, Taylor manages to capture her world in the imaginations of her readers.
Like the title of the book, I felt like I was dreaming while I was reading it. It was so magical how she was able to capture the beauty of ones wildest fantasies and put it into words.
I quite enjoyed the city of Weep. It’s been stuck in the shadows of the citadel for so long that it’s been wiped out of all the memories of the world by those gods. I can’t wait to find out what else is in store for us readers.
The plot of Strange the Dreamer was so complex that I did have trouble following it at first. But once things started to become clearer, I couldn’t help but be swept up into the mysteries of the Weep. This book is equal bits humorous, sorrowful, joyful, and magical.
Taylor did a fantastic job putting this all together on page. Everything about it felt so real in my mind. Even when I was trying to poke holes in the plot at some points, Taylor was ten steps ahead and addressed everything I thought didn’t add up. I was quite surprised at that!
Beautiful Writing / Characterizations
Strange the Dreamer wouldn’t have been as magical and real as it was if it wasn’t for the exceptional writing. There is such a fantastical element to Taylor’s writing that keeps the reader in awe from start to finish. The way she puts sentences and paragraphs together just shows she is a master at her craft.
Everything that she wrote served a purpose. It wasn’t just beautiful and lyrical; it meant something. Taylor created characters that we can all identify with, even if we don’t have the blue skin to match. Lazlo and Sarai were both very much human in every aspect. They just wanted to live and to love like everyone else. I found their scenes together to be remarkably beautiful.
I found it significantly hard to get into for the first section of Strange the Dreamer. I was confused at parts, and bored at others. I wish it was a little more streamlined from beginning to end. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through it at first, but luckily things began to pick up once they made it to Weep.
I understand Taylor was just trying to set up her story, but it got lost on me.
I highly recommend this one if you like fantastical worlds, gods with powers, and intricate plots. Let me know what you guys thought of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing.