Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication date: March 28, 2017
Genre: YA fantasy
Pusblisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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 or 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?
Welcome to Weep.
So I’m a little behind the crowd with this one, I’m not sure why I kept putting it off but I did. I listened to the audiobook for this and I have to say I didn’t like the narrator which made it difficult to pay attention to at times. I feel like if I had actually read the physical copy I may have enjoyed it a bit more. Don’t get me wrong I did really enjoy this I just didn’t love it like a lot of other people did and I’m blaming that on the narrator.
So, I can’t really say anything about the plot without ruining the story for people and I don’ feel like doing that today so what I will say is that Strange the Dreamer was beautiful, magical, fairytale-esque and wonderful.
The book follows two characters, mostly one but they are Lazlo Strange and Sarai. Lazlo was a orphan who ends up becoming a librarian, he has a fascination with the lost city of Weep. He spends his time as a librarian studying the city, finding everything he possibly can on it. An opportunity arises to travel to the city and the story takes off from there. Sarai is a godspawn, she’s blue and shes and creates nightmares, that’s all I can say, that might be a bit spoilery, sorry.
The writing was absolutely beautiful and gave the feel of a fairytale. Laini is a master of words, she crafted this beautiful story and was able to paint a picture so you can imagine yourself there in the city of Weep with Lazlo.
I really enjoyed the kind of Greek mythology aspect of the story with all of the different gods who control different things, ruling over the humans, creating chaos and disaster.
There’s a lot of adventure and story telling, mythology, mystical creatures, blue people and a little bit of romance. This is one of those books that you can’t really review and you just need to read it yourself.
I have an ARC of Muse of Nightmares so I guess I should probably read that soon. I would recommend reading the physical copy of Strange the Dreamer its one of those books that just doesn’t translate well to audio.