I was reluctant to read this due to its high score on GoodReads and so many of my favourite booktubers loving it so much. It wasn’t because of the hype though. Oh no! I was totally afraid I wouldn’t like it as much as them and feel like I missed out on something great.
Not only that but I hear so much great stuff about Laini Taylor’s writing that I almost become scared it would be too much for me.
On top of all those scary thoughts, I believed the book was called STRANGER, not STRANGE… STRANGER THE DREAMER – the stranger you are the better you dream lol
These reasons are probably why I have renewed the loan on this at least three times, and Its been on my TBR for two months. I will not hand it back to the Library so someone else can read it.
Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
Synopsis by GoodReads
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?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
vivid dream world
I did love it.
Not as much as I would like, but I did love it.
I wasn’t entirely hooked but I wanted to read the book and I wanted a happy ending and I wanted to know what would happen next and how. So I did love it.
That did not prepare me for that ending though… one tear guys, just one tear.
The story is a dual perspective book following Lazlo Strange and Sarai. Lazlo Strange is the dreamer of Weep, while Sarai is someone who shouldn’t exist and therefore lives in hiding, but explores the world at night through dreams.
I liked how the world was so small while Lazlo was in the monastery and in the Library as if there was nothing else to it. And it reflected how Lazlo felt about the outside world and his priorities in life. He constantly had his nose in a book, preferably something about Weep, the Unknown City, while the outside world wasn’t really for him.
Weep is introduced on page 1, but Lazlo’s world doesn’t start expanding before 1/3 through the book. I liked that though. You get some time exploring him and his limited world in a library. You get a sense for who he is. So Weep is introduced as a dream place for Lazlo and I like how it evolves for him and become the opposite 😉
I really loved how the travellers are introduced to Lazlo while he is helping a scholar. And how Lazlo manages to get on the trip as well by taking charge of his own life and destiny.
Sarai’s world is not introduced before Lazlo is on his way but even though her world is limited it’s vivid and very interesting.
The magic in this book is kind of a spoiler so I won’t say too much, but it’s great. The ones with magic seemed to have one gift but I didn’t sense any limits to it. It seemed as if the gift themselves are of a specific amount of ability which then sets the limit, but it wasn’t really explored in the book so I don’t know.
I hope to see more of this in the next book.
There are two main characters; Lazlo Strange and Sarai.
Lazlo Strange is a type of person I would love to be friends with; a dreamer and a reader. He is also a proactive character and moves the story along by taking leaps out of his comfort zone. His development from a librarian to the last scene in the book is massive. He properly grows up and into himself as a person and i loved reading that.
Sarai was a lovely character but also a sad character. When she is introduced to Lazlo she evolves into almost a different person. The magic of happiness 🙂 However, her situation is a tricky one and I find it amazing who she can go through the things she had and not be broken… just saying…
Of the side characters, I loved Calixte and I would have loved to see more of her throughout the story. Writing this I realised I don’t think she was even in the second half/last part of the book. I miss her. I hope she is in the second book.
Yes, there is a lovely f/f couple but not a prominent character.
Yes, this writing is lyrical. Yes, it was complicated to me. Yes, I had minor issues reading it. But it was great once I got into it. I did tend to skip the unknown words unless they were very important.
The lyrical writing had the most effect on the dream worlds. It made them more vivid and the dreaminess really benefited from the lyrical writing style.
I wonder how the book would have been if the author separated them. Normal writing for the normal world and lyrical writing for the dream world? 🤔
Loved it, but not as much as I wanted and I can’t really put my finger on it. I will read book 2 Muse of Nightmares whenever I get my hands on it because I’m not in a rush but I will read it 😁
Have you read this? What did you think?