Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor Review

Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2)

Muse of Nightmares

Author: Laini Taylor

Publication date: October 2, 2018

Genre: YA fantasy

Pages: 514

Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers


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?


I feel like I’m the only person on the planet that didn’t love this book. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed it but I much preferred her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series to strange the dreamer.

As usual Laini Taylor’s writing is phenomenal, absolutely beautiful. She makes you feel like you’re in a fairytale. This world she’s crafted is beautiful, dangerous, full of secrets, pain and hope.

My favourite thing about Muse of Nightmares were the characters, every single character is so complex and goes through so much growth and development. Lazlo is still my favourite, hes a dreamer, a lover, he’s hopeful, wishful and full of life and he’s so refreshing to read about. There were a bunch of new characters introduced, like A LOT of new characters and the POV’s jumped around quite a bit. However, it was interesting seeing everyone different perspective on the situation at hand.

I felt like the first half of the book was relatively slow paced and a bit dull for me, not a whole lot happened. It was basically Lazlo and Sarai figuring out what to do now that she’s a ghost (controlled by Minya) figuring out if she still has her powers and figuring out how to save the Godspawn. However, the second half was incredible. There was a lot going on, a lot of threats to the Godspawn and people of Weep and some unexpected terror.

I really enjoyed learning more about the world and Weep, where the Gods came from, where the children went, what really happened when the Citadel was attacked all those years ago. The history of this world is fascinating. I felt like there is still so much we don’t know about this world Laini has created so I’m a little bummed out about that but overall this was a wonderful book.

So why wasn’t this a 5 star read for me? Well, I was pretty bored throughout the first half which took away from the enjoyment of reading it. The switching of POV’s and the amount of POV’s was a little off putting for me as someone who isn’t a huge fan of multi POV stories. And lastly, as mentioned above, I feel like there’s still so much we don’t know about the world and many things to still be explored.

If you loved Strange the Dreamer, you’re going to love Muse of Nightmares. If you’re looking for some beautiful writing and amazing world building I highly recommend picking this up.



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